Ava DuVerNay’s new film August 28th: A Day In The Life Of The People will debut on the OWN Network August 28th. The short film looks at multiple historical milestones that took place on that date. Hurricane Katrina, the passing of The Slavery Abolition Act, the lynching of Emmett Till, The Marvelettes’ “Please Mr. Postman,” MLK’s “I Have A Dream” speech and Barack Obama’s acceptance of the Democratic nomination for president in 2008 were all events that happened on August 28th. Regina King, Don Cheadle, Lupita Nyong’o, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, André Holland, Michael Ealy, Glynn Turman and David Oyelowo star in the 22-minute film that feels like a documentary. Meshell Ndegeocello composed the score for the piece that is written, directed and produced by DuVernay.
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Ava DuVernay Secures First-Look Deal With Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Films Queen Sugar Renewed For Third Season
Ava DuVernay has secured a first look deal with Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Films and renewed Queen Sugar for a third season. DuVernay’s Central Park Five is the first collaboration for Netflix from Participant Media, Tribeca Productions and Harpo Films. Winfrey released a statement on their new partnership:
“I’m so proud of Ava and her ability as a filmmaker to challenge the status quo and push for inclusiveness on screen and behind the camera. I love, love, love the work we have been able to create so far. I am looking forward to developing many more meaningful projects together.”
Queen Sugar airs on Wednesday nights at 10 PM ET and it chronicles the lives of the Bordelon family and their newly acquired farm and sugar mill. OWN has announced that Roger Guenveur Smith, Beverly Todd and Michael Michele will have recurring roles in season two. Michele and Smith will play the estranged parents of Bianca Lawson’s character Darla. Todd plays Mother Olivia Brown, a beloved and respected matriarchal activist living in the 9th Ward.
DuVernay’s all-female directing team includes Julie Dash, Sundance Award-winning director Garrett Bradley and Christina Voros who is the acclaimed cinematographer of Child Of God and directed The Ladies.
Ava DuVernay is creating a miniseries about The Central Park Five for Netflix. Five men were falsely convicted of raping Central Park jogger Trisha Meili in 1989. At the time of the incident, Donald Trump took out several newspapers ads for the reinstatement of the death penalty. Matias Reyes confessed to the crime in 2002 and DNA evidence confirmed his involvement. The men who were convicted sued New York City in 2003 but did not receive a settlement until 2014 under Mayor De Blasio because Michael Bloomberg’s previous administration believed the city could win the case. DuVernay released a statement about the miniseries:
“The story of the men known as the Central Park Five has riveted me for more than two decades. In their journey, we witness five innocent young men of color who were met with injustice at every turn — from coerced confessions to unjust incarceration to public calls for their execution by the man who would go on to be the president of the United States.”
DuVernay previously worked with Netflix on her Oscar-nominated documentary 13th. Her Disney film, A Wrinkle In Time will be released later this year.
OWN announced the June 20th and 21st season two return of Queen Sugar today. The show about the Bordelon clan and their Louisiana farm will have a two-night premiere and an all-woman group of directors. Cheryl Dunye, Kat Candler, Aurora Guerrero, DeMane Davis and Amanda Marsalis will direct season two. The first half of season two will air in the summer and the remaining season episodes will broadcast in the fall.
Queen Sugar has made a deal to become available on Hulu. The streaming service has exclusive online rights to air season one and all future episodes after they debut on OWN.
Ava DuVernay revealed on Twitter today that Meshell Ndegecello is scoring her Queen Sugar television drama. The series is based on the novel by Natalie Baszile and the story of two sisters and their life on a sugarcane farm inherited from their father. Queen Sugar will air on Oprah’s OWN Network on September 6th. Ndegeocello’s most recent release is 2014’s Comet, Come To Me where she covered Whodini’s “Friends.”