Ava DuVernay is a director, screenwriter and producer. After a career in journalism and PR DuVernay made her feature directorial debut in 2008 with a documentary called “This is the Life”. Her first narrative feature film called “I Will Follow” was released in 2012 at the Sundance Film Festival. She was nominated for Best Director at the Sundance Film Festival for her work, and won, becoming the first African American woman to win that award.
In 2014 DuVernay directed feature film “Selma”, which covered the Martin Luther King and the plans for the 1965 Selma to Montgomery March. The film opened to critical acclaim and was nominated for Best Picture and Best Song at the 2015 Academy Awards. However DuVerney herself was not nominated for Best Director, which caused some controversy.
2016 was a busy year for DuVernay. She produced OWN networks show “Queen Sugar”, which is about siblings who inherited a sugarcane farm. She was tapped to direct an adaptation of “A Wrinkle in Time”for Disney and in July 2016 her documentary 13TH premiered at the New York Film Festival. The critically acclaimed 13TH focuses on race and mass incarceration in the United States. In January 2017 13TH was nominated for Best Documentary Feature for the Academy Awards, making DuVernay the first African American Female director to receive the honor. #americanhistory#blackexcellence #blackgirlsrock#28daysofblackcosplay