Ava DuVernay hired all female directors for "Queen Sugar," and they opened up about what that means to them
Ava DuVernay is on her way to Hollywood superstardom, and we couldn’t be happier. The Selma director has also been filming her Queen Sugar series for OWN. According to Vulture, on Queen Sugar, Ava DuVernay hired all women directors to work on the show, many of whom are getting their first TV directing jobs. Ava knows all about breaking barriers as a woman in Hollywood. Ava recently started filming an adaptation of the novel A Wrinkle in Time, which makes her the first woman of color to helm a movie with a budget over $100 million.
Ava DuVernay gave several women a huge gift in hiring them on Queen Sugar, and many of them were very grateful.
In Hollywood, directors are mostly men. It can be tough for a woman to break in. Oftentimes, even a woman with a successful independent film still won’t be hired for new projects. When Ava talks about these directors not being given a shot, she’s obviously indignant.
It may sound like an obvious next step, but as one of Queen Sugar’s directors, Tanya Hamilton, says, it often isn’t.
Veteran Neema Barnette, who both produced and directed for Queen Sugar, was so pleased with Ava’s decision to give these women a chance.
Ava helped put these women into the television directing scene, which is huge.
Director So Yong Kim has gotten work on several other shows since her work on Queen Sugar.
Similarly, independent filmmaker Victoria Mahoney finally got her shot in the big leagues.
Since her work on Ava’s series, Victoria has barely stopped working.