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That Rihanna-Lupita Nyong'o buddy movie from Ava DuVernay and Issa Rae is actually happening

  • What started as a viral blog post is now being made into an actual film: According to Entertainment Weekly, a furious bidding war at the Cannes Film Festival ended Monday with Netflix securing the rights to a Lupita Nyong’o-Rihanna project.
  • Oscar-nominated director Ava DuVernay is slated to helm the forthcoming feature, while Issa Rae — creator and star of the HBO comedy Insecure — is in talks to write the screenplay. Rihanna and Nyong'o will both star.
  • All four women had expressed their support for the concept on Twitter when the initial post went viral. Read more (5/22/17)

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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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For Women’s History Month, Ava DuVernay is highlighting female filmmakers on Twitter

  • On Wednesday, Oscar-nominated director Ava DuVernay is hosting a 12-hour conversation — or “Rebel-a-Thon” — on Twitter, with nearly 30 female filmmakers.
  • The discussion will use the hashtag #ArrayToday to celebrate the start of Women’s History Month. Array is DuVernay’s independent film collective.
  • “We offer this year’s Rebel-a-Thon as an opportunity to highlight the important contributions made by women filmmakers,” Tilane Jones, Array’s executive director, said in a statement Tuesday, according to the Los Angeles Times. “On March 1, we will stand together for inclusiveness in the industry.” Read more (3/1/17 12:39 PM)