Filmmaker Bola Ogun
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Photo by Connie Kurtew

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Bio

Bola Ogun is a first generation Nigerian-American filmmaker who's directorial television debut was with Ava DuVernay’s QUEEN SUGAR on OWN July 24th. She was previously selected for the class of 2014 AFI Directing Workshop for Women, the inaugural class for the Ryan Murphy’s Television HALF Mentorship Program, one of the five filmmakers for Robert Rodriguez’s docuseries ‘Rebel Without A Crew’ and a participant in WeForShe’s DirectHer program as well as Warner Brothers Directors’ Workshop where she secured an episode to CW's LEGACIES.

Ogun’s second short film “Are We Good Parents?” had its world premiere at SXSW, took home 2nd Runner Up for Best Narrative Short at Urbanworld and won Best Short Film/Emerging Filmmaker at AT&T's SHAPE Event. Her work has received positive reviews from Black Girl Nerds, Shadow And Act and was tapped by Essence Magazine as one of the 22 Black Directors Who Answered Hollywood's Call For Diversity And Inclusion.She honed her strong filmmaking skills and knowledge by working in the production department for 8 years on notable projects such as “The Dark Knight Rises,” “Neighbors,” “Battleship,” “True Detective,” and “Friday Night Lights.” Which led her to produce the Emmy campaign music video for “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”, Vanity Fair’s viral video “Ladyboss” and four Capital Records music videos.

In 2015, she penned a guest post for Indiewire titled “Enough with the ‘Black Movies’ Bring on the Black Mermaids,” an essay on bringing intersectionality to Fantasy and Sci-fi films. Her hope is to use her lens to influence those who don’t often have a voice and collaborate with other creative minds to amplify fresh storytelling perspectives.

The Work

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TELEVISION DIRECTOR

 

QUEEN SUGAR

Charley, Ralph Angel, and Nova return to their home in Louisiana after the death of their father Ernest, an indebted sugar-cane farmer, and are faced with the daunting task of reviving the hundreds of acres of land they’ve inherited

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DIRECTOR | writer

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A different kind of coming of age story
Written by Tennessee Martin

IN PRODUCTION

 

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When Lauren and Bill’s 14-year-old daughter says she’s going to her first dance with her classmate Ryan, they question their preconceived notions of her sexuality and their openness as parents.

OFFICIAL SELECTION & AWARDS

2018 SXSW Film Festival Official Selection (World Premiere)
2018 Outfest Film Festival Official Selection
2018 AT&T Film Awards - Best Short Film & Emerging Filmmaker CO-WINNER
2018 Urbanworld Film Festival Official Selection (East Coast Premiere)
2018 Napa Valley Film Festival Official Selection
2018 Pittsburgh Shorts Film Festival Official Selection
2018 Citizen Jane Film Festival Official Selection
2018 Hollyshorts Film Festival Official Selection
2018 Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival Official Selection
2018 Edmonton Int' Film Festival Official Selection (International Premiere)
2018 OUTshine Film Festival Official Selection
2018 CinemaQ Film Festival Official Selection
2018 Cape Town Film Festival Official Selection
2018 Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Official Selection - Best Director
2019 Lunafest Film Tour Official Selection
2019 Coven Film Festival Official Selection - Best Director
2019 Cleveland International Film Festival Official Selection - Best LGBT Short

THE WATER PHOENIX SHORT FILM

Mermaid Anya held captive in an aquarium falls out of love with her caretaker, Jack, when he fails to follow through with his promise to break her free. Broken-hearted and alone, she must find a way to escape before they move her further away from home.

OFFICIAL SELECTION

2017 LA International Shorts Official Selection (World Premiere)
2017 Catalina Film Festival Official Selection
2017 Citizen Jane Film Festival Official Selection
2017 Sunscreen Film Festival West Official Selection
2018 Terminus Film Festival Official Selection
2018 Etheria Film Tour Selection
2018 SCI-FI London Film Festival Official Selection

 

PRODUCER

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Music video by Donna Missal performing “Keep Lying”

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Music video by Donna Missal performing “Girl”

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Music video by Donna Missal performing “Driving”

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Music video by RACHEL BLOOM performing “LADY BOSS” | VANITY FAIR

The star of the CW's “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” takes on workplace inequality with an original performance for Vanity Fair's Founders Fair.

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Music video by RACHEL BLOOM performing “I DON’T CARE ABOUT AWARD SHOWS” | CBS

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend 2017 Emmy campaign music video

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SHORT FILM by MICHAEL LANGMAN “WAKE THE RIDERLESS HORSE”

We follow Jonathan as he succumbs to an opioid addiction and is confronted by an unusual character that has been watching his journey from the very beginning.  Before he slips into oblivion, he must first see how his untimely death affects the ones that love him the most.

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