Shaz Bennett


Shaz Bennett’s debut feature film ALASKA IS A DRAG, that she wrote & directed -- distributed on NETFLIX by ARRAY was highlighted as one to watch in Vogue, Filmmaker and OUT magazine. Winning best feature film and Jury awards for Best Director at New Filmmakers LA, Leeds, Chattanooga, Urbanworld and the Smithsonian African American Film Festival among others. Bennett's first television writing job was on THE GLADES on A&E. She later joined the writing team for UnREAL on Lifetime and produced the popular spin off THE FAITH DIARIES.  Shaz's first TV directing job was for Ava Duvernay's QUEEN SUGAR on the Oprah Winfrey Network. She has since directed several episodes of BILLIONS (Showtime), ANIMAL KINGDOM (TNT), ORDINARY JOE (NBC) BOSCH (Amazon) and the final two episodes of QUEEN SUGAR season 6. Shaz currently serves as the Showrunner/Director on the Final Season of QUEEN SUGAR Season 7.


Television and Film:


BOSCH (Amazon) 

BILLIONS (Showtime)



ALASKA IS A DRAG -- NETFLIX/Array – 4248 Productions  Best Feature: New Filmmakers LA, Smithsonian African American Film Festival, Urbanworld, Leeds

DESERT RATS -- Fox Top 20 Directors

ALASKA IS A DRAG -- AFI Directing Workshop for Women -- Winner Nancy Malone award.

9-1-1 -- FOX Ryan Murphy HALF program

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