Austin filmmaker Kat Candler named producing director for ‘Queen Sugar’

Kat Candler at Flipnotics in 2014. (Deborah Cannon AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Austin filmmaker Kat Candler will serve as a producing director on season two of “Queen Sugar.” The television drama based on the novel of the same name by Natalie Baszile airs on the OWN Network, and was created by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Ava DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey. The show won best drama at the 48th annual NAACP Image Awards.

Candler directed episodes eight and nine of the first season, which aired last fall. We have questions out to her regarding how this change in title will affect he work with the show. DuVernay was nominated for an Oscar for the documentary “13th” and earned a best director  Golden Globe nomination for the historical drama “Selma,” also co-produced by Winfrey. Candler’s most recent feature was the family drama “Hellion,” starring Aaron Paul from “Breaking Bad.”

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