Ava DuVernay

A gifted, socially conscious writer, director and producer, Ava DuVernay went from in-demand publicist to helming her own projects when she saw a gap in the marketplace for non-stereotypical African-American independent ... Read more »
Born: 08/23/1972

Filmography

Director (10)

Queen Sugar 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Director

Selma 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Nine For IX 2013 (Tv Show)

Director

Scandal 2013 (Tv Show)

Director

Middle of Nowhere 2012 (Movie)

(Director)

Venus Vs. 2012 (Movie)

(Director)

I Will Follow 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

This Is the Life 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

Black Filmmaker Showcase 2007 (Tv Show)

Director
Publicity (6)

Nora's Hair Salon 2014 (Movie)

(Publicity)

Constellation 2007 (Movie)

(Publicity)

Biker Boyz 2003 (Movie)

(Unit Publicist)

Disney's American Teacher Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Publicity

Candyman: Day of the Dead 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Publicity
Producer (6)

Selma 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

99% - The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film 2013 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

Middle of Nowhere 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

Venus Vs. 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

I Will Follow 2011 (Movie)

(Producer)

This Is the Life 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)
Actor (4)

Too Darn Hot Party 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Special Appearance

Being Mary Jane 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Life Itself 2014 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)
Writer (2)

Middle of Nowhere 2012 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

I Will Follow 2011 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

A gifted, socially conscious writer, director and producer, Ava DuVernay went from in-demand publicist to helming her own projects when she saw a gap in the marketplace for non-stereotypical African-American independent films. After experiencing success with the award-winning documentaries "This is the Life" (2008) and "My Mic Sounds Nice: The Truth About Women in Hip-Hop" (BET, 2010), DuVernay turned her focus to narratives features with the acclaimed tale of moving on from grief, "I Will Follow" (2011), the first release from her industry-changing collective, the African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement (AFFRM). DuVernay impressed critics even further with her follow-up, "Middle of Nowhere" (2012), the story of a woman (Emayatzy Corinealdi) who makes enormous personal sacrifices to support her incarcerated husband (Omari Hardwick) but eventually reaches a personal crossroads. Her film dramatizing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1965 civil rights march, "Selma" (2014), was even more acclaimed. Earning massive acclaim across the board, DuVernay made history as the first African-American winner of Best Director from the Sundance Film Festival. Blessed with a huge talent to match her social conscience, Ava DuVernay excited critics and fans who were proud to join her in championing challenging African-American independent films of depth and substance.

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