Bola Ogun is a first generation Nigerian-American filmmaker who made her episodic directing debut on Ava DuVernay’s Queen Sugar (OWN). She was previously selected for AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women, Ryan Murphy’s Half Mentorship Program, Robert Rodriguez’s docuseries ‘Rebel Without A Crew,’ and the WeForShe DirectHer program.
Ogun’s second short film Are We Good Parents? premiered at SXSW and won Best Short Film/Emerging Filmmaker at AT&T’s SHAPE Event. Her work has received acclaim from Black Girl Nerds and Shadow and Act, and she was tapped by Essence Magazine as one of the “22 Black Directors Who Answered Hollywood’s Call For Diversity and Inclusion.”
She honed her filmmaking skills working in production for eight years on projects such as The Dark Knight Rises, Battleship, True Detective, and Friday Night Lights. She then produced the Emmy campaign music video for Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Vanity Fair’s viral video “Ladyboss” and four Capital Records music videos. After completing the Warner Bros. Directors’ Workshop, she directed an episode of Legacies (CW).