On the eve of the launch of Season 2 of OWN’s “Queen Sugar,” the LA Film Festival will host a premiere of the first episode of the new season, and hold a conversation with Ava DuVernay who’ll be joined by the new set of women directors; like season 1, season 2 also features an all-woman directing team that includes Kat Chandler, DeMane Davis, Cheryl Dune, Aurora Guerrero and Amanda Marsalis.
Announced today, joining the directing team is Julie Dash (“Daughters of the Dust”). This marks a welcomed return for Dash to TV land, since directing “The Rosa Parks Story” (starring Angela Bassett) in 2002. She’s been working on a documentary on the late Vertamae Grosvenor (she died in September 2016) titled “Travel Notes of a Geechee Girl.”
The LA Film Festival event will take place on June 19 at 7:30 pm at LACMA.
The 16-episode second season of the acclaimed drama series will premiere on the OWN network in a similar fashion as it did last season, with a two-night event, launching on June 20 and June 21, at 10 p.m.
The series, created by Ava DuVernay who also executive produces with Oprah Winfrey, chronicles the lives and loves of the estranged Bordelon siblings in Saint Josephine, Louisiana. Based on the book by Natalie Baszile, Rutina Wesley, Dawn-Lyen Gardner and Kofi Siriboe star as the siblings.
Also announced today, joining the cast for season 2 in recurring roles are Sharon Lawrence, Alimi Ballard and Margot Bingham, playing Lorna, the mother of Charley Bordelon, Dr. Robert Dubois, an epidemiologist who works at The Center for American Progress, and Tamar Judith, a pop singer who crosses paths with Davis (Timon Kyle Durrett).
Produced by Warner Horizon, “Queen Sugar” is inspired by the book of the same title by Natalie Baszile.
A full trailer for season 2 is embedded below: