UA professor to direct episode of OWN’s ‘Queen Sugar’

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — A journalism and creative media professor at the University of Alabama will soon find herself as a member of the Directors Guild of America after being invited to direct an episode of Ava DuVernay’s series “Queen Sugar”. 

Dr. Rachel Raimist will direct the episode in New Orleans in June, according to a release from the University of Alabama. 

“I have made independent films and documentaries, but for a long time I thought that breaking into television might not be possible,” Raimist said in the release. “DuVernay has been intentional about giving opportunities to first-time television directors from legendary independent film directors like Julie Dash, Cheryl Dunye and Patricia Cardoso to new directors with recent festival wins and folks like me who don’t fit into either of these categories.”

The show follows the life of three siblings played by Rutina Wesley, Dawn-Lyen Gardner and Kofi Siriboe who have recently claimed their inheritance after the death of their father. 

Dr. Raimist says the award-winning “Selma” director personally invited her to direct on the show.

“To be called by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay and be invited to direct an episode of her show is a career-defining moment for me.”

“Queen Sugar” airs on Wednesday nights on OWN.

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