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Ava DuVernay

Producer, Writer, Director and Founder, ARRAY


Ava DuVernay is a writer, producer, director and distributor of independent films. Nominated for the Academy Award and winner of the BAFTA for Best Documentary, Ava DuVernay's 13TH is one of the most critically-acclaimed films of 2016. In 2015, DuVernay directed the historical drama SELMA, which garnered four Golden Globe nominations and two Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture. Her current directorial work includes the award-winning dramatic television series QUEEN SUGAR and the upcoming Disney feature film A WRINKLE IN TIME. Winner of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival's Best Director prize for her previous feature "Middle of Nowhere," DuVernay's early directorial work includes "I Will Follow," "Venus Vs," and "This is The Life." ‎In 2017, DuVernay was named one of Fortune Magazine's 50 Greatest World Leaders.‎ She also distributes and amplifies the work of people of color and women directors through her film collective ARRAY, named one of Fast Company's Most Innovative Companies.


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