Ava Duvernay

An Established Film Director Setting Standards in the Industry

Ava Duvernay has directed one of the most critically acclaimed films of 2016, 13TH. The film was nominated for the Academy Award and eight Emmys. Itwonthe BAFTA award for Best Documentary.

At the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, Duvernay won the Best Director Prize. This success was credited to her second feature film, Middle of Nowhere. She became the first African American woman to win the award.

For her work in the film Selma in 2014, Duvernay became the first black female director to be nominated for a Golden Globe Award. With Selma, she became the first black female director to have her film nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture.

Her upcoming film, A Wrinkle in Time, has an estimated budget exceeding $100 million, making her the first black woman to direct a live-action film with such a huge budget.

Duvernay made her feature directorial debut in 2008 with the documentary This is the Life, a history of LAs Good Life Cafs arts movement.

She won the Independent Spirit Johns Cassavetes Award for her work in the film Middle of Nowhere.

She was commissioned by ESPN to produce and direct Venus Vs, a documentary on Venus Williams fight for equal prize money for their series Nine for IX.

Duvernay was commissioned by the National Museum of African American History and Culture to create a film for the museums opening.

Duvernays filmslike Selma have received generally positive reviews. Her documentary, 13TH, opened the July 2016 New York Film Festival. She has been described as being among the vanguard of a new generation of African American filmmakers who are undeterred catalysts for what may be a black film renaissance in the making.

Duvernay has a mission to further solidify the black cinematic image in a well-planned consistent way in a self-determining manner,without having to ask for permission. She has taken one step towards this strategy by founding the African American Film Festival Releasing Movement which re-branded as ARRAY in 2015.ARRAY is a grassroots distribution and advocacy collective dedicated to the amplification of films by people of color and women.

Duvernay has directed many network music documentaries like My Mic Sounds Nice for BET Networks and the Essence Music Festival 2010 for TV One.

She executive produced a drama series, Queen Sugar, alongside Oprah Winfrey. The series premiered in 2016 to favorable reviews.

Ava Duvernay has advocated for black empowerment and representation in the media. She is a film director, screenwriter, film marketer and distributor. This year, she was named as one of Fortune Magazines 50 Greatest World Leaders.


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