Exclusive: Poster For Ava DuVernay's Award-Winning "Middle Of Nowhere" + LAFF Gala & NABJ Info

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by Tambay A. Obenson
June 19, 2012 5:58 PM
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To be presented as 1 of only 4 gala screening events at the Los Angeles Film Festival this year (headed by Stephanie Allain), Ava DuVernay's lauded sophomore feature film effort, Middle Of Nowhere, will screen tomorrow night at LA Live's Regal Cinemas 800-seat auditorium! 

As already reported, the evening's honorary host will be Oscar nominee Angela Bassett, with the film's cast and the following notables confirmed to be present for the event: filmmakers John Singleton, F. Gary Gray, Charles Burnett, Gina and Reggie Bythewood, Mara and Salim Akil, plus actors Regina King, Kimberly Elise, Dennis Haysbert, CCH Pounder, Louis Gossett, Jr., Harry Lennix, Lynn Whitfield, Jenifer Lewis, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Garcelle Beauvais, Nate Parker, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Bokeem Woodbine, Naturi Naughton, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Goapele, Kenny Lattimore, Tessa Thompson, Lauren London, Erica Hubbard, Tony Rock and Rainn Wilson.

I should also note that AFFRM will screen Middle Of Nowhere for the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) this Saturday, June 23, at their annual convention in New Orleans, the film's first non-festival screening.

Ava DuVernay will be present for a Q&A afterward.

"Screening for black press is really important to me. I worked as a publicist for years and know that very often, African-American press aren't given priority by studios and larger corporations. For AFFRM, minority press is a huge focus and priority. So I wanted to go there and personally present my film to these journalists of color myself," the 2012 Sundance Film Festival Best Director award winner said; and it's at Sundance where I saw Middle Of Nowhere and loved it! 

The drama, which stars Emayatzy CorinealdiDavid OyelowoOmari Hardwick, Lorraine Touissaint, and Edwina Findley (shot by award-winning DP Bradford Young), was acquired jointly by Participant Media and AFFRM, to be released on October 12.

While we await that first full trailer, here's a look at the film's official release poster:

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  • LeonRaymond | June 26, 2012 12:42 AMReply

    To me Ava Duvernay is in entire whole other space, she's an awesome awesome filmmaker, and I don't know anybody except Robert Redford, maybe who was a deeply talented filmmaker like Ava and started a distribution company or Film fest. I just take my hat off to her. She's not a gimmick, and her films are superb and her taste is superb. I completely adore her spirit and being!!!

  • becca h. | June 25, 2012 1:25 PMReply

    Hello, I saw this at NABJ and was dizzy with happiness about it. This is my first time looking into independent movies and it is because of this movie and the director who I had the opportunity to meet this weekend in New Orleans. She talked to me after the screening because I became emotional over this movie. I have never seen a movie like this. I am a journalism student and she told me there were many more movies like this showing us being WHOLE. She gave me a list and I have Netflix cued the ones I could find. I watched Pariah last night and Night Catches Us this morning. She also told me to read this blog and I have been reading it for about two hours now and I can't believe it. I don't understand why I haven't heard of most of these movies. This is a great blog. This is a great movie. I will be keeping my postcard with this beautiful poster with her email address she gave me. It could just be valuable one day. Thanks, Becca.

  • ROLO | June 25, 2012 7:37 PM

    Good for you little sister. There's more to life than Tyler. Welcome!

  • NO BRAINER | June 20, 2012 1:19 PMReply

    I prefer the old poster, mainly because you can see the lead actress more and her beauty. I like how she is holding her man in it as well. I saw the turmoil in her. It also gave me an idea of the story. This one feels like something for the 1990 movie "GHOST."

  • NO BRAINER | June 26, 2012 12:01 AM

    @ RICHARD H... Jealous - adj. 3. Having to do with or arising from feelings of envy, apprehension, or bitterness. The best definition for the word and none of them describe me. Loser - a. One that fails consistently, especially a person with bad luck or poor skills: "RICHARD H." This one, on the other hand, obviously would describe you better than it describes me. Only a loser would resort to name calling in a "failed" attempt to vehemently defend a film he/she had nothing to do with. So, for your sake, I hope you're Ava Duvernay herself. Secondly, I may not have a film coming to theaters YET but I have God in my life, a beautiful, loving wife, four incredible kids (all going to the best schools in our city and achieving things academically most are not), well connected friends who will see me through a production to theater venture if I CHOOSE to go that route (my network is something to brag about and as inscribed in the book in "It's a Wonderful Life," "no man is a failure who has friends"), my wife and I own a nice home, and I'm earning quite well in my own field of choice, which has nothing to do with film. So, I'm certainly winning in my life and I have no time to be jealous of anyone, especially a filmmaker.

  • Richardo H. | June 25, 2012 4:52 AM

    My two cents. Priss called you out correctly from the start. Your pithy response proves her/his jealousy argument to a T. Loser. Anyway, I saw the movie a couple of nights ago and loved it. The poster gets it right.

  • NO BRAINER | June 24, 2012 12:46 PM

    Here we go with the "jealousy" deflector? It's not the worst poster but the way I use the word "sucks" doesn't always refer to "the worst" anyway. Sometimes, I use the word to describe something that lacks so much of the ingredients intended for a certain result, I find myself naturally responding to it in a way unintended by the creator of the something. In fact, my response is the contrary to what the creator of the something like this poster had hoped. For instance, this poster sucks because it sends a different message to me about the film in contrary to the premise of the story. Therefore, it'll turn me away naturally from wanting to see it. The original poster drew me in more. How can I be called "jealous" when I declared admiration from the first poster but disdain for this new one, all for the same film by the same filmmaker? Wouldn't a jealous person express hatred for all without fully articulating his/her reasons for such feelings? Jealous, as you use the word, is written merely to deflect any opinion that goes against the grain. Well, I don't care. Call me jealous if it makes everything all right. I still don't like the poster, it still sucks in my humble opinion. And for the record, if I had to be jealous of any film or its maker, it would start with films made by filmmakers that I admire and revere so much, I feel that their level of expertise and success is unattainable for me. Why should I be jealous of Ms. DuVernay? Watching her first film was like watching paint dry. Sure, her sophomoric effort might be leaps and bounds better, which indicates as such with the film's logline and some footage I saw, but in no way can I possibly be jealous of someone who hasn't at least done anything for me to be jealous of.

  • Priss | June 22, 2012 4:25 PM

    No BRAINER is obviously a hater impacted by something besides this poster. You want to collect posters, fine. Nobody really actually cares. But you look at that "image/photo" and to say the "feeling" you get is that it "sucks" is motivated by something else. All that Codeblack poster output sucks. All the Tyler Perry posters suck. Suck is commonly acknowledged as the worst. If you're saying that poster is the worst, you're jealous or dense. You might not like it or you might have criticism about what could be better or different, but sucks is you being like I said jealous or dense. Don't hate One with No Brain, congratulate. P.S. Rolo, I see you! CareyCarey, respect.

  • NO BRAINER | June 22, 2012 1:05 AM

    @ CAREYCAREY... I'm glad you get it. And, yes, I suspected there couldn't be a full deck behind the confusion of what I felt looking at this poster. For all I know, PRISS and ROLO are the same. Well, regardless of what he/she/it/they say, the poster sucks to me. I like the original.

  • CareyCarey | June 21, 2012 7:57 AM

    NO BRAINER, don't worry about the kneejerks because I am feeling you. Several years ago, I started going by video stores to make deals on their posters. I even copped a few cardboard displays. Yeah, try to explain to your family and friends why you have a large dinosaur from Jurassic Park, in your family room *lol*. I have the posters from Taxi Driver, Cooley High, Harlem Nights, Spike's She Gotta Have It and many more. So although Rolo and Priss can't get with your viewpoint, I DID. And when you have to explain the difference between a "feeling" and an "image/photo" you should now you're talking to someone who's on pure-d-mess.

  • Rolo | June 21, 2012 5:21 AM

    You are getting way carried away. But it's funny so... Please... Continue... Newspaper cutting, taking time to show "friends in the office" a blog post of a blog that you then diss! Riiiight, riiight. Totally normal behavoir. BWHAHA! What are you even TALKING about?

  • NO BRAINER | June 20, 2012 4:25 PM

    HUH? Why did you even take the time to look up Ghost's poster? Read what I said: "This one feels like something for the 1990 movie "GHOST."" I said FEELS. That's what I said. I didn't say it LOOKED LIKE THE POSTER FOR GHOST. And please, save yourself the trouble of challenging me on movie posters. I can take you back to the early 80's with posters of films engrained in my mind since the time of their release, or when I used to cut them out of newspapers and pretend they were mine, as if I had something to do with the making of the picture (all depending solely on the quality of the poster). If you want the movie poster connoisseur title, you can have it. But I know great posters when I see them and this isn't it. I think the first one at Sundance was much better. And after showing some friends here in the office, they are in total agreement with me. It's great to know that not everyone is totally sold on the opinions of people in and around S&A.

  • Priss | June 20, 2012 2:28 PM

    Just googled the Ghost poster. Not even close.

  • Priss | June 20, 2012 2:22 PM

    Ghost was a monster hit. But why do I even argue here. The untrained eye. *sigh*

  • Ray | June 20, 2012 1:17 PMReply

    sooooo is the film only open for NABJ members or can the public buy tickets?! *wishful thinking*

  • Priss | June 20, 2012 12:10 PMReply

    Yes, solid image with a great quote from a top newsource. The award winner laurels don't hurt the cause either. They followed the professional A, B, C's of solid one-sheet making and gave it a little soul. I like Omari Hardwick's tattoo peaking out. The intensity of David Oyelowo is palpable and the lead actress's beauty is on full display. They did a good job on this. And yes I am a poster geek.

  • Jana F. | June 20, 2012 10:23 AMReply

    Beautiful poster.

  • rolo | June 20, 2012 1:22 AMReply

    fresh that other directors and stars are supporting shadow and act type films (i.e. black n' indy). i mean - louis gossett jr is rolling out?! who even knew he was down?!

  • Critical Acclaim | June 19, 2012 6:57 PMReply

    I like it, all moody and sexy. Main girl is gorgeous.

  • DONNA STRATTON | June 19, 2012 6:05 PMReply

    Wow. That's beautiful. I'll see you at NABJ, Ava! Great that she's coming!

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