ava-duvernay

AVA DUVERNAY

DIRECTOR & ACTIVIST

Ava DuVernay is a world renown filmmaker known for her groundbreaking films ‘Selma’ (2014) and ‘13th’ (2016). Ava’s films and documentaries capture the vibrancy and the hardships of the Black experience in America.

Born on August 24, 1972, in Long Beach, CA to parents Darlene Maye and Murray Maye she grew up in the city of Lynwood, CA. DuVernay graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she double-majored in English and African American studies. After UCLA, Ava worked as a publicist eventually starting her very own media agency focusing on lifting up the work of African Americans.


While DuVernay would not create her first short film until the age of 32, she became the first Black woman director to be nominated for a Golden Globe and have a film, Selma, nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture. Ava ensures that her content that both positively and accurately portrays the Black community. Her most recent project, 13th, a film centered around race and the corrupt justice system is indeed powerful. The film dissects the falseness of the 13th amendment of the United States, which states that slavery was outlawed. DuVernay argues that slavery hasn’t been outlawed, but has morphed into mass incarceration of Black folks. An extensive résumé filled with socially conscious, outstanding and informational films separates DuVernay from her peers.

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A year full of amazing Black women part 1.

#BlackGirlMagic #BlackExcellence

Just when I started to lose interest in Empire , Power , OITNB , Blackish , Scandal and Being Mary Jane.

#BlackGenius strikes with a vengeance
-Atlanta
-Insecure
-The Get Down
-Luke Cage
-Queen Sugar
- Greenleaf

And highly anticipated films :
-the 13th
-Birth of a Nation
-Black Panther
-Fences

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Ava DuVernay announces queer directors Cheryl Dunye and Aurora Guerrero for ‘Queen Sugar’

  • Filmmaker Ava DuVernay made headlines when she hired all-female directors for the first season of Queen Sugar
  • And now, she’s making even more: 
  • Two of the directors for the show’s 2nd season, Cheryl Dunye and Aurora Guerrero, are award-winning filmmakers and also queer women of color.
  • Dunye is a black lesbian filmmaker best known for the 1996 film The Watermelon Woman, the first feature film directed by a black lesbian.
  • Guerrero is a queer Chicana filmmaker whose 2012 feature Mosquita y Mari follows two high school girls who fall in love with one another while navigating life in Latino Los Angeles. Read more (3/20/17 11:30 AM)

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It’s here, the behind-the-scenes we’ve all been waiting for. Ava Duvernay just sat down for a powerful interview with Oprah about 13th

in true O fashion, this looks like a more intimate conversation about race and social justice. I have no doubt that their dialogue will address the climate of fear and resistance that has a particular resonance in the face of our new administration, making it all the more necessary. This is going to be some serious #blackgirlmagic.

Gifs: US Netflix & Canada

WATCH THE PREVIEW

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Celebrate black history month by watching the works of these 10 history-making directors

1 to 5:

Amma Asante 

Best Known For: Winning a BAFTA award for Best Debut Feature for A Way of Life, directing indie hit Belle 10 years later. 

Notable Works: Belle (2014)A United Kingdom (2016)

Forthcoming: Where Hands Touch (2017)

Ava DuVernay 

Best Known For: Being the first black woman to win Best Director at Sundance, the first black woman to be nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Director and being the first black woman to direct a movie nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars. 

Notable Works: Middle of Nowhere (2012), Selma (2014)

Forthcoming: A Wrinkle in Time (2018)

Julie Dash 

Best Known For: Being the first black American woman to have a feature length film be theatrically distributed in the U.S.

Notable Works: Daughters of the Dust (1991)

Forthcoming: Travel Notes of a Geechee Girl (2016)

Safi Faye 

Best Known For: This Senagalese woman became the first Sub-Saharan woman to have a film be commercially distributed in 1976. 

Notable Works: Letter From My Village (1976), Mossane (1996)

Forthcoming: N/A.

Kasi Lemmons 

Best Known For: With all four of her feature films released theatrically in the U.S. she currently holds the record as the black woman director with the most commercially distributed films. 

Notable Works: Eve’s Bayou (1997) 

Forthcoming: Agaat, On Beauty

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