A new television show based on the book Queen Sugar by author Natalie Baszile is set to air on Oprah’s OWN and, according to director Ava DuVernay, the film will feature an all-female directorial team, with many of the candidates pulled from a pool of African-American independent film directors. The series, which will be filmed in New Orleans, tells the story of an African-American woman and her daughter living in Los Angeles, who unexpectedly inherit an 800-acre sugar cane farm in rural Louisiana.
DuVernay, who in 2012 became the first African-American woman to win the Best Director Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, is also the founder of ARRAY, a group that works to promote women and minorities as filmmakers. “It’s an exciting time to just invite women into this show and really try to tell the story of this family of really strong women who do an amazing thing,” says DuVernay. Queen Sugar is slated for 13 episodes, with a release date scheduled for later this year.
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