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The directors of Queen Sugar 

In January 2016 DuVernay announced that her upcoming miniseries adaptation of Natalie Baszile’s novel Queen Sugar would be going ahead with all 13 episodes directed by women. The names of the directors were gradually revealed on Twitter. Here are the 8 women directing the 13 episodes of the series:

Ep 01 & 02 - Ava DuVernay
Ep 03 & 07 - Neema Barnette
Ep 04 - So Yong Kim
Ep 05 - Victoria Mahoney
Ep 06 - Tanya Hamilton
Ep 08 & 09- Kat Candler
Ep 10 & 11 - Salli Richardson
Ep 12 & 13 Tina Mabry

Queen Sugar, starring Rutina Wesley will air on OWN in the fall. 

Civil Brand (2002)

Women prisoners strike up a friendship with a young law student who works as a part-time prison guard. Together they discover that a corporation funds and is profitting from the plantation-like work environment they are forced to work under. In a botched attempt to organize a protest against their “slave labor”, the women take over the prison - A rare glimpse of the effects of the prison industrial complex on female inmates.

Trailer:

http://www.imdb.com/video/screenplay/vi2227044633/

Regina Taylor as as Willy in Spirit Lost (1997)

Synopsis: After John, a painter, and his wife move into an old house on an island, a seductive widow ghost shows up in mirrors, windows and in John’s dreams and nightmares. She eventually lures him into moving into his attic studio while she tries to scare his now unhappy and pregnant wife away.     

Screenplay by Joyce Renee Lewis

Original novel written by Nancy Thayer

Directed by Neema Barnette

Fam, please join us on Twitter for *Movie Night* with @avaduvernayfan! We’re watching ‘Woman Thou Art Loosed On the 7th Day’ #WTAL7D THIS THURSDAY, June 9th at 9PM EST. (Available on Amazon & iTunes) 

‘Woman Thou Art Loosed On the 7th Day’ is a film directed by one of Ava Duvernay’s ‘Queen Sugar’ Directors, Neema Barnette. Neema Barnette along with actors Blair Underwood and Nicoye Banks will be tweeting with us and answering questions about the film.

**To all the Nicole Beharie fans out there, this is a great opportunity to show your love for Nicole and help boost her visibility among other trailblazing directors, producers, and peers in her industry. We want to see her on our screens for years to come! We’re grateful to Neema Barnette, who wholeheartedly supports Nicole and took this small idea that we had and turned it into something really special. And now we’re super nervous, but incredibly excited!

 Bring yourselves, your questions, your commentary, your good energy… *fix yo’self a plate and come join us on June 9th! #WTAL7D

For me, whether it’s [becoming] the first black woman to win Sundance, the first black woman nominated for director at the Golden Globes, the first African-American woman to be nominated for a documentary feature Oscar, or the first to make a $100 million film, all of those firsts to me are bittersweet because my mind immediately goes to the women before me who should’ve been those firsts — not could’ve, who should’ve if they were not in an industry that ignored them and turned a blind eye to their talent and their voice: people like Julie Dash, Euzhan Palcy, Ayoka Chenzira, Neema Barnette, Kasi Lemmons, these are women whose voices are strong and whose visions are really magnificent — and they came at the wrong time. And I know that the reason why the microphone’s in my face is because I just happened to be here at the right time.

Ava DuVernay

Cynda Williams as Arabella (right) in Spirit Lost (1997)

Synopsis: After John, a painter, and his wife move into an old house on an island, a seductive widow ghost shows up in mirrors, windows and in John’s dreams and nightmares. She eventually lures him into moving into his attic studio while she tries to scare his now unhappy and pregnant wife away.

Written by Joyce Renee Lewis & Nancy Thayer       

Directed by Neema Barnette

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Writer/Director Neema Barnette talks about casting Nicole Beharie for ‘Woman Thou art Loosed On the 7th Day’ (April, 2012)


S&A: There’s a young lady in this film that I’m a big fan of named Nicole Beharie. What’s her involvement in this film?

I wanted Nicole to play a role in another movie I’m doing. I found her when I looked at American Violet. I said, ‘who is this sister?!’ She was brilliant. When this movie came up, I presented her and they were like, “no, she’s not this, she’s not that.” I fought so long and so hard for Nicole. Finally, they gave in and let me tell you, it was the best move they ever made.

When I went for Nicole, I went for a quality young actress who was brilliant and they maybe wanted a different kind of look. They finally were happy that I did get her. She’s one of the most brilliant people on that movie. She turned that sucker out! You hear me?! She is fabulous and I knew she would be. When I called her, I let her know that I would allow her to do things with the role that she wanted to do. I think she’s going to be one of the best new actresses to tell you the truth. Let me tell you, she’s smokin’ hot in this movie! Just like we knew she would be.

Tamara Tunie as Anne in Spirit Lost (1997)

Synopsis: After John, a painter, and his wife move into an old house on an island, a seductive widow ghost shows up in mirrors, windows and in John’s dreams and nightmares. She eventually lures him into moving into his attic studio while she tries to scare his now unhappy and pregnant wife away.

Written by Joyce Renee Lewis & Nancy Thayer

Directed by Neema Barnette

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