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Ava DuVernay In Terry Gross' 'Fresh Air' *Hot Seat* & The Engaging Chat That Followed (Listen)

by Tambay A. Obenson
October 22, 2012 9:15 PM
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Ava DuVernay

I enjoyed this conversation between Ava DuVernay and Terry Gross (NPR, Fresh Air), uploaded today.

It's maybe the most personal she's done - or at least, that I've heard/read thus far - and I think introduces the listener to other sides Ava, beyond the woman most of us know as the tireless publicist, markerter, filmmaker, and face of AFFRM.

Of course, those familiar with Terry Gross will appreciate her restrained though deeply probing, informed interview style here, which helps.

The conversation begins with Ava's latest work, Middle Of Nowhere, and then broadens, covering Ava's personal and professional life, past and present.

It's very informative and thoughtful; the segment during which she shares her strategy and struggles in booking theater screens for Middle Of Nowhere, was particular interesting to listen to, as were details on her youth, the exposure to other worlds outside of the one she grew up in, as well as her familial surroundings - all of which informed the person she would eventually become (an evolution that doesn't quite ever end).

It's almost 40 minutes long, and is embedded below:

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  • lovesfilmnmusic | October 24, 2012 6:47 PMReply

    Great interview!!! Thanx for sharing.

  • NGOSI | October 23, 2012 7:04 PMReply

    I enjoy all her interviews it seems like, she's got a real cool personality and smart as hell.

  • JMac | October 23, 2012 5:12 PMReply

    Wonderful.... Absolutely.

  • Banta | October 23, 2012 3:32 PMReply

    Great interview. Super inspired.

  • Cincy | October 23, 2012 12:18 PMReply

    Exceptional interview. Our Fresh Air was preempted in California because of the debates so I would have never heard this if you didn't post it. Terry Gross also had Baratunde Thurston on last week talking about his book. She is a great platform for people to listen about all kinds of people but she always gives love to African - American culture.

  • Critical Acclaim | October 23, 2012 11:38 AMReply

    I think between this and the Tavis Smiley, the sista cements herself as one of our most exciting intellectuals about pop culture and cinema talking in public today. And the thing I like about her in this is that Terry gets to some personal moments that are touchy but Ava doesn't shy away from it. I think our best artists show us their vulnerability and as much as she's is a power player in the independent scene right now she opened up which isn't easy. She could have not answered or gave a generic answer but she went there. As a black man, I found that refreshing to see a black woman be vulnerable, especially one with so much skill and business acumen. They dont have to be mutually exclusive and she proves that here. This was good. Worth a full listen. Thanks Tambay for pointing it out.

  • Winston | October 23, 2012 8:01 AMReply

    Ava is such a cutie; when are we going to see her in front of the camera?

  • Jessica | October 23, 2012 3:49 AMReply

    I found myself tearing up. I watched I Will follow in the theater last year and didn't know the backstory. Very touching.

  • Janet | October 22, 2012 10:28 PMReply

    Ava is always so candid. Loved the moments where she shared the way she felt about watching "West Side Story" for the first time. I could relate.

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