*Award winning filmmaker, Ava DuVernay, and executive producer Oprah Winfrey, hit the red carpet for the premiere of “Queen Sugar,” a contemporary drama chronicling the lives of three estranged siblings trying to save their sugarcane farm in Louisiana. The weekly series also features an all-women directorial team.
EUR: We spoke to the cast and they believe female directors direct differently…What are your thoughts?
Ava Duvernay: I don’t believe women have some special magic that men don’t have. I believe all directors have their own ways about them. Their own approaches. The problem is, not enough women have been able to show their ways and their approaches. I don’t think women do something differently. I know some female directors who walk in like, “do it!” Just very aggressive and others who are more matronly and motherly and nurturing. So it’s just about the creative process and having different voices in there. That’s what we tried to do with “Queen Sugar.”
EUR: What is it like working with an all female directing team?
Omar Dorsey: The pros…they bring something out of me a lot of men don’t think about bringing out of me, which is sensitivity. The cons…honestly, the attention to detail. I’d be like, ‘can we go on?’ And they’d be like, ‘No! We need to get this shot because we didn’t…’ So there really is no cons.
Timon Kyle Durrett: A female director…all female directors, have been able to calm me down. The one thing that can calm a man down and bring him to his knees is a powerful woman. These women bring out the softness in men. It also brings balance because if two guys are talking, we are talking guys stuff, but if a man and woman are talking, there has to be a give and take. So to have a female director for every episode, helped balance my thinking because I was leading in as an actor. I don’t think like a woman, but to have a female director example what it means to be this man, to this woman…helps. I know how to be a man, because I’m a man, but coming from a woman, I was like, ‘Oh alright, I didn’t think about that.’
Marycarmen Lopez: That it’s okay to have balls, be tough and just go for it!
Inspired by the Natalie Baszile book, “Queen Sugar,” debuts Tuesday, Sept. 6 on OWN. Click here for more details.