Alumna Marie Jamora '05 Directs Episode of 'Queen Sugar'

Felix Van Kann
May 03, 2021

Alumna Marie Jamora '05 is set to direct a forthcoming episode of the sixth season of the show Queen Sugar, which will premiere on OWN this fall. Jamora is one of the nine female directors brought on board by showrunner Ava DuVerneay in her commitment to hiring an entirely woman-led directing team for the show. The latest addition brings the series’ total women director count to 42 filmmakers, 39 of whom are first-time television directors. It will also mark Jamora’s directorial debut on television.

The series, which is based on the book by Natalie Baszile, follows the life of three siblings, who move to Louisiana to claim an inheritance from their recently departed father: an 800-acre sugarcane farm. Alumna Lauren Wolkstein '09 served as Producing Director for season 5 of the show, a role in which she directed five episodes and supervised the entire season. 

Marie Jamora is a writer-director born and raised in Manila, Philippines. Her film Flip The Record won the Grand Jury Award for "Best Narrative Short" at Urbanworld and her first feature, What Isn't There (Ang Nawawala), premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival. She is the director of both seasons of Family Style, an Asian foodie show with Warner Bros. After graduating from Columbia University with an MFA in Film, she returned to Manila to direct music videos, commercials, and television. Jamora graduated from AFI's Directing Workshop for Women, the Warner Bros. Directors' Workshop, and the Lifetime Director Shadowing Program. She is a part of the Adjunct Directing Faculty at the American Film Institute.