DIRECTING QUEEN SUGAR EPISODE 310My directorial debut for episodic television is for the show Queen Sugar. Titled Here Beside the River, the episode will air today, Wednesday, August 1, 2018, 10:o00 p.m. EST. I’m excited. Very excited — and not just for personal reasons.
Ava DuVernay’s Queen Sugar is historic. Ava not only brought the novel of the same name to life on television, but created a platform for women directors. So now, executives can’t say that there aren’t any women directors or women directors of color or Black women directors, which is what they have been saying for a very too long . Sometimes they throw in the word “qualified” to help make their case. Busted! It’s not the case and it never has been.
The Queen Sugar sisterhood is an amazing group of talented women including long time friends Julie Dash and Neema Barnette and now new friends. But Ava didn’t just bring women filmmakers together. She changed the game at the union level. More about this at another time. For now. I’m celebrating and thanking everyone who has made Queen Sugar possible — with a very special toast to Ava.