Ava Marie DuVernay is an American director and producer.
Ava had done an internship with CBS News in her early years. Ava went on to pursue a career in journalism after gaining that work experience. She was even a part of the team that covered the O.J. Simpson murder case, which was a hot topic in America at the time.
Ava DuVernay is the first black woman to win Best Director at Sundance for her romantic drama Middle of Nowhere, the first black woman to direct a $100 million budget film, A Wrinkle in Time, and the first black woman to direct a film nominated for Best Picture – Selma, the first major feature film about Martin Luther King Jr.
Ava Duvernay was born on August 24, 1972, in Long Beach, California. Before deciding to become a filmmaker, she worked in film publicity and marketing and even opened her own agency.
She directed hip hop documentaries before releasing two feature films, I Will Follow (2010) and Middle of Nowhere (2012). She directed the Oscar-nominated historical drama Selma, which follows a portion of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life during an urgent call for voting rights. With this critically acclaimed work, de Vernay became the first African-American female director to receive a golden globe nomination and have a film nominated for the best picture nomination.
On the set of the 2004 thriller collateral, starring Jamie Foxx and Tom Cruise, chapter 3 made his directorial debut. Duvernay was motivated to start making films of her own. She began by releasing short films such as 2000 and Six Saturday Night Lives, as well as documentaries such as This Is the Life. In 2008, my mic sounds nice: the truth about women in hip-hop aired on a bet, and in 2010, my mic sounds nice: the truth about women in hip-hop aired on a bet.
In the same year, Duverney made her feature film debut as a director and screenwriter with the drama I will follow, a moving drama about a woman grieving the death of her aunt to cancer. The film cemented Duvernay’s reputation, with film critic Roger Ebert praising the film as “a universal story about universal emotions chapter 4.” In 2011, Duvernay co-founded the African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement, a group dedicated to promoting the release and distribution of black indie films.
In 2012, she released her second feature film, Middle of Nowhere, starring Ima Iatsi Corinaldi. Emery Hardwick is a writer who lives in the United Kingdom. Lorraine Tu Saint and David O Yellower portrayed an ambitious conflicted woman whose husband is incarcerated. Duvernay won the director’s prize at Sundance, making her the first black woman to do so. The following year, she directed an episode of the hit Carrie Washington drama scandal and released the ESPN documentary venus vs, which followed venus Williams’ fight for pay equity for female tennis players.
In 2016, Ava Duvernay directed and co-wrote the Netflix documentary 13th, which is named after the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which ended slavery. The video examines the evolution of the American criminal justice system, including mass incarceration and racial profiling. 13th was nominated for an Academy Award in the documentary feature category. Chapter 7: In response to the coveted 19 crisis, Duvernay announces a gift. In response to the coveted 19 crisis, de Vernay and her foundation array alliance have established a 250 000 fundraising project called array grants. The fund recognises regional film festivals screening series arts advocates filmmakers creators and journalists as well as organisations and individuals dedicated to narrative change for women and people of colour. De Vernay’s goal is to provide financial support to grassroots entities that serve as cultural catalysts for furthering storytelling. The sarah jones film foundation and wilson morales of blackfilm.com were awarded $10,000 unrestricted scholarships to 14 inaugural recipients who support African-American, Latinx, Asian American, Native American, multi-ethnic, and women-centric film communities.