As the striving Bordelon siblings, their offspring, family and significant others look upward, the Ava DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey executive produced OWN series aims to kick it up a notch or two this year.
In that vein, Oscar nominee and QS creator DuVernay asked photographer Osborne Macharia to bring his style of “Afrofuturism,” to the series’ Season 3 aesthetic. Having worked with the likes of Marvel on Black Panther, the New Orleans Queen Sugar shoot earlier this year was the first stateside session for Cannes Lion Award winner Macharia. Check out a look at the photo shoot in this behind the scenes video below:
Emphasizing principle of fiction, culture and identity via inclusion and narrative, it is pretty clear why DuVernay thought Nairobi-born Macharia’s digital editing technique was a good fit for this latest installment of the now Kat Candler showrun Queen Sugar.
Back again with an all female directing team, Queen Sugar stars Rutina Wesley, Dawn-Lyen Gardner and Kofi Siriboe as siblings trying to do right by their deceased father’s farm and legacy. That premise is of course the rural launch pad for an often-penetrating look at modern America, family bonds and issues of gender, race and class. With Tina Lifford, Omar J. Dorsey and Dondré T. Whitfield among the cast too, the Warner Horizon Scripted TV-produced and Louisiana set Queen Sugar is based on the 2014 book of the same name by Natalie Baszile.
If you didn’t get it the first time, Queen Sugar returns for its third season on May 29 and 30 with new episodes airing each Wednesday.