Seems like it was just yesterday that the country was all abuzz over Ava DuVernay's feature narrative debut, I Will Follow, which recently concluded its noteworthy theatrical run - noteworthy because it was AFFRM's first release (AFFRM being the African American Film Festival Release Movement, spearheaded by Ava herself).
One might expect Ava to maybe take some time off, after what seemed like quite an involved, exhausting run over the last 4 months, since the series of AFFRM dinners she organized at this year's Sundance Film Festival, which I was glad to be a part of.
But no! The young lady is already prepping to shoot her next feature. In fact, production is scheduled to begin on June 20th, just over a month from today, in Los Angeles.
Titled Middle Of Nowhere, the film, in a nutshell, will center on a woman named Ruby, who is struggling to balance her relationship with her newly-incarcerated husband, and her identity, which is undergoing a change of its own. The film will explore the life of a woman who is essentially at a crossroads, and the difficult decisions a woman in her position has to make.
Ava wrote the script, and will obviously be directing it as well.
No cast has been announced yet, but we will have that for you, once they are made available to us!
However, Ava is already firming up her crew, and, most notably, she's brought in award-winning cinematographer extraordinaire, Bradford Young, to shoot the film! Once I read that little piece of news, I was even more excited for the project; Why? You just have to see the man's work. I can't quite paint enough of a picture with mere words. He shot 2 Sundance 2011 films - Pariah and Restless City, with the latter being maybe the most beautiful piece of cinema I've seen so far this year, and maybe in a long time! No hyperbole either; Truth! It was nothing short of hypnotic cinematography, and I can only imagine what he and Ava might be cooking up here.
We'll just have to wait and see when this baby is complete. No word yet on when it's expected to debut.
Casting should be known shortly, so stay tuned.
You'll know more when we know more...