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Full Trailer For Ava DuVernay's Award-Winning 'Middle Of Nowhere' Debuts

by Tambay A. Obenson
July 25, 2012 1:53 PM
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Here's the first full trailer for Ava DuVernay's acclaimed drama Middle Of Nowhere, which stars Emayatzy CorinealdiDavid OyelowoOmari Hardwick, Lorraine Touissaint, and Edwina Findley (shot by award-winning DP Bradford Young).

The film was acquired jointly by Participant Media and AFFRM, to be released on October 12, 2012.

Surely you all are well aware of the film by now, especially if you read this site; In short, we love it! And we think you will too. 

But expect our comprehensive coverage of the film, its cast and crew, leading up to the film's theatrical debut.

In the meantime, watch its first full trailer (poster underneath):

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  • Stace Crawford | August 6, 2012 5:35 PMReply

    I saw the 20 minutes worth of preview at BlackStar Film Festival in Philadelpia on Saturday and I tell you I'll be first in line. Ava was very empowering in her q&a and the scenes we saw where so good and dramatic. I am an Omari fan and now David Oyellowo fan too. And Miss Corinearldi is luminous. And the actress who plays the sister got big laughs. I really wish they'd shown the whole thing but I will be patient. I will be there in October with bells on and ringing.

  • CareyCarey | August 5, 2012 12:49 PMReply

    I finally viewed I Will Follow (Aug 5, 2012).

  • BAMA | August 2, 2012 5:38 PMReply

    Charlotte wants it!

  • Hb | August 1, 2012 7:44 AMReply

    This looks fantabulous, can't wait

  • JESS | July 27, 2012 9:50 PMReply

    I like that last line. Hope the movie is good.

  • DAYUM | July 27, 2012 8:15 PMReply

    I don't know how the hell to say her name but the main girl is FINE! What's she been in before this? I've never seen her. MY TYPE!!!!!

  • KTK | July 27, 2012 4:38 PMReply

    Loved "I Will Follow". Anticipating the follow-up. I just hope it comes to Houston.

  • DAYUM | July 27, 2012 8:16 PM


  • ROBBIE | July 27, 2012 5:49 PM

    This'll never happen but Bakersfield!

  • DMVLUV | July 27, 2012 5:38 PM

    Norfolk please!

  • PRISS | July 27, 2012 3:32 PMReply

    Personally I'm looking forward to it. I'm interested in the lead actress and seeing a new face. I'm a fan of David all around. I'm a fan of Omari's look and talent. I'm a fan of Ava's storytelling and choices. I'm liking the feel of it with the poster and trailer vibe. Sold.

  • AFFRMleader | July 28, 2012 7:17 PM

    Some of us care about the race - enough to put community and possibility before self. This is directed to Jus Saying and friends. Take care.

  • justsaying | July 27, 2012 7:49 PM

    Is that how you see it? By choosing to not see a film that you are NOT interested in you are disciplining that Black director? Is it that personal now? Wow. It is unfortunate if a director is unable to secure financing on the next project because of the previous film's performance, but the mass audience's main concern is not to guarantee funding for the director's next project but to see a good movie. Audiences go see films that they may like or are interested in. They check out the story and trailer and give it a try if they wish to...but to go see a film that you are NOT excited to see so that the director can MAYBE make another film later down the line that you MAY do you hear what your asking? It's a recession. Essentially you're asking general audience members to make an investment on something they're not confident in to begin with. What's the difference between what you're saying and donating $12-$20 to kick starter film campaigns you're NOT excited about? Your asking for TOO MUCH! Generalizations that begin with "Black people are the only ones doing" X-Y-Z is the real nonsense.....

  • Priss | July 27, 2012 3:36 PM

    Furthermore, I hope it does better in earnings than Pariah which should have had more people going to see it and contributing to the bottom line - those that don't have ethical objections to supporting black film on general principle like some here. Not criticizing what people think about that just reasoning that the lack of monetary success of Pariah will have consequences on Dee Rees getting another film made and the same with all these people out here trying to make it. If we who like black film want to make philosophical statements with our dollars, disciplining black directors by not seeing things that are not fully on par with our every wish, then we will be the ones who suffer. Because there won't be anymore of these that get a little money to push it out there like Pariah and Middle of Nowhere and LUV and that kind. We will be sitting feeling superior with $12 our hand and no place to spend it. That being said, I go to these films and I like what I see more often than I don't. And i know that going affords that filmmaker maybe a color chance to making another and another and eventually my favorite film of all time perhaps. Black people are the only ones doing this nonsense or even talking about it. White man is out seeing whatever and thereby his tribe is making whatever. Hard for some to grasp for some but - whatever. The world is still spinnin. Peace.

  • Bamako | July 27, 2012 1:07 PMReply

    Can't wait for this one.

  • Mark & Darla | July 27, 2012 12:45 AMReply

    Ava directing in "I Will Follow" was just too touchy feeling, internal, that didn't let the audience in: "Middle of Nowhere" directing seem more engaging with the audience.

  • HELLUVA | July 27, 2012 8:23 PM

    The first film for many was superb. But why bother. Whoever JUS SAYIN is is making helluva sure he/she dominates this post to their viewpoint. You got a whoooooole lotta time on your hands! You been steady slamming this thing day and night for two days it looks like!!!!! Get a job.

  • justsaying | July 27, 2012 8:10 PM

    @Laura, I hear what you're saying. I support the execution of AaFRM's mission. I too believe she has potential and from the trailer, storyline, and packaging I've seen thus far of MoN, I already see improvements and continued drive. The first film for many is weak. And I stated that I was not impressed. There were some good moments in there, but overall I wasn't wowed, and I watched the film after many people backed the film already, so my expectations were heightened. I agree @Laura that many people don't realize there are a lot of people with different backgrounds that read this blog, and they shouldn't be surprised at the diverse comments that follow. I think some get angry because they are dare I say culture shocked? What Shadow and Act means and represents to them is different for other people. I for one don't view this blog as a pep haven where we rally behind every film that is posted. I look forward to questioning and learning from others, whether I have to skip over belligerent comments or not.

  • Laura | July 27, 2012 3:10 PM

    @Justsaying &Blutopaz. We as black film goers, We see the critique of films on this blog as either that film gets a pass or we nitpick it to death. I think you gave an honest critique and did not nitpick the film to death. I personally thought that IWF was an internal film as Mark & Darla mentioned. I would not have seen the film had it been a mainstream film. Knowing this, I volunteered for the weekend showing of IWF. I support her film movement and more important, I saw that she has what it takes to be a good storyteller/filmmaker. The first film of most film maker are their weakest film (The exception maybe George Lucas) Just by looking at the trailer I see MoN is much stronger story. The conflict of the character is externalize. I can understand why folks get upset when Black folks critique Black films that they like for whatever reason. But I also know that people who comment on this blogs are diverse. There are those who understand the mechanics of film making, film and cultural historians, cinema lovers, fans of Black entertainers, movie goers and plain-old-I-want-check-out- a-Black-flick-whats-out-there -- oh yeah, and people who are strong disposition to troll. I think people who read this website and post comments should recognize there are a diversity of people who comment on this blogs. I don't think we should go into a fit of anger if people don't agree with each's opinion. We are coming from very different perspective. ***I hope what I've written does not sound as jumble as I think it does.***

  • BluTopaz | July 27, 2012 2:23 PM

    BAMAKO, maybe this is more your speed

  • BluTopaz | July 27, 2012 2:09 PM

    @ JUSTSAYING: "I think a lot of people are getting real personal and missing the overarching points" Agreed. I also suffered a devastating loss at a young age where I had to travel the city looking for clothing to bury a loved one in, and IWF still did not resonate with me for various reasons. Overall it felt forced, like Ava wrote Salli's character to have a deep, emotional connection with every single character because of her recent loss. I think a lot of people don't get that film convos are not always a two snaps up/down verdict. Earlier today I was reading archived reviews from my fave film critic, Mahnola Dargis (LOVE HER). I always enjoy when she gives a positive review to a movie I did not like, just so I can see what others experienced. And vice versa, I don't get upset or offended if she hates a film I love. I think a lot of people just need validation with their opinions and react from their own personal connection to the film. Which I get, if someone raves about a flick where Black women are not in the best light for certain reasons, I get annoyed. I had a frumpy, White, middle aged co-worker on the elevator go on about how 'heartwarming and wonderful' The Help was and that it 'told so much about that awful era', and being that we were at work I had to get away from that discussion quick.-lol

  • justsaying | July 27, 2012 2:08 PM

    @Bamako, "... see the flick or don't, then shut up and sit down!" Is that how it works in sports? Is that what people do for pop music? Hip Hop? NO! I don't understand why people get so uptight about criticism/feedback/different opinions on this site... sad

  • Bamako | July 27, 2012 1:14 PM

    Oh no. I see the arguing and self righteousness has started on this one already. Must we debate every damn thing to fukcing death?! This lady's doing good work. The fact that some cheer that DOESN'T mean they are not as selective about their choices as people like Esteemed Professor JustSaying who wants to write lessons and dismiss people with "personal testimony." Endless comments on Shame, Pariah, Red Tails, For Colored Girls talking about NAH-TING!!!!!! Fukcing see the flick or don't, then shut up and sit down!

  • justsaying | July 27, 2012 11:39 AM

    @Real Producer, I understand what Mark & Darla is saying. It's an internal struggle for the character potentially, but the viewer is not given a window in to all of it. We just see what's on the surface and assume that more is there on the strength of rooting for the director! I do agree that even from the trailer, "Middle of Nowhere" may have done things differently, to help us better understand the character’s struggle. And I look forward to finding out in October! It's more valuable to have viewers who are critical and are looking for more in the next film ALONG with the diehard fans instead of ONLY having the diehard fans. The more people who go see the film the better right?? I actually think it's quite comical and revealing that people have to come and try to belittle others for having their opinions, and write the director words of encouragement. She don't need them (as she seems to be doing what she has to do regardless! lol It's taken care of. RELAX!) This is exactly what I am referring to when it comes to starting such conversations and building a fan culture for a black independent film director and or a follow up film. What you @Real Producer and many others don't seem to understand is that these **constructive** comments that touch upon different opinions about her first film and her follow up film is NEEDED and will benefit her audience development in the long run. In order to be part of the ongoing conversations about Black independent film you have to SEE the movies. (Back to numbers) Also, it is fair to give GENERAL VIEWERS a chance (everyone who reads this blog is NOT A FILMMAKER) to hash out their feelings and keep the conversation going. I think a lot of people are getting real personal and missing the overarching points. No one/film is above criticism. I congratulate Ava on AaFFRM. I think it is a genuine effort and wish it continued success and for others to take charge in this area as well. But AaFFRM and her films are just getting started so I think its best to call it like it is and root for her to improve just like other emerging feature film directors. The greatest athletes, singers, dancers etc put in work to gain their recognition. And the ones that quickly rose to the top, we know don't belong there. Let her earn her spot there and you won't have to feel the need to pick petty fights on a comment board. Others won't feel the need to offer personal testimony to suggest that because a film depicts a real situation it automatically possesses all the elements to make it a great film. And finally, more viewers will be able to fully and honestly evaluate her films without feeling like they're betraying AaFRM and its mission.

  • Real Producer | July 27, 2012 2:19 AM

    You said its internal, but doesn't let you in -- lmbo! Maybe Mark understands Darla or Darla understands Mark cuz I sure as hell don't. We are so brainwashed we think internal dramas are A BAD THING! lmbo! Ava, if you're reading any of this pitter patter, stay focused and keep up the good work. You are doing what many people here strive to do. The little digs, obvious jealousy and uninformed quips will come. That is a part of it. Like they say, opinions are like assh*les, everybody's got one. Keep climbing and lifting as you climb, ma. One.

  • HELLUVA | July 26, 2012 10:57 PMReply

    Shit looks goods to me. I don't get the grumpy. Willing to bet that most, if not all of these flippant, dismissive comments aren't coming from filmmakers with MORE THAN ONE feature under their belts. It's just not likely.

  • Blue Collar Scholar | July 26, 2012 3:19 PMReply

    I fell asleep while watching I Will Follow.
    But, like everyone else,
    I will follow... to the Middle of Nowhere.

  • ROBBIE | July 26, 2012 10:17 PM

    I Will Follow touched my heart. It reminded me of the journey of losing my grandmother and how the family argued over the slightest things all because we were all hurting and grieving and didn't even realize that was why. The movie reminded me how it felt to pack up her things and give things away and how far I have come from those bad days. You have to be pretty heartless or not have ever known loss to say that those feelings are boring. If you feel asleep, it's because you never have known that kind of pain, and I'm glad you haven't. If you've been through anything like that in your life or have any kind of heart, you might have seen the beauty of the movie. It was very well-done and very emotional for many people.

  • noel | July 26, 2012 1:20 PMReply

    David oyelowo may bore some cause he is not a sex symbol. But anyone who say he can't act has hitted a goal post. Ride on. Saw I will follow on netflix and it wasn't particularly bad but can't say I loved it either. Middle of nowhere looks more compelling.

  • Middle of America | July 26, 2012 12:36 PMReply


  • Real Producer | July 27, 2012 2:22 AM

    Hate much?

  • BluTopaz | July 26, 2012 9:07 AMReply

    After reading more reviews about this film I realize why it's so appealing to me. It seems to take several challenging situations many women could find ourselves in, but they are approached intelligently. Plus I became an instant fan of Emayatzy's after Akira's Hip Hop Shop. Omari has leading man looks and he's talented-- he was waaay under-used in IWF imo. Oyelowo bores me to tears though, he doesn't even look right on the poster. But I'm super excited that Ava has such a fast, well received follow up to her debut.

  • Dankwa Brooks | July 26, 2012 8:36 AMReply

    About THIS FILM 'Middle of Nowhere', I liked the trailer and makes me even more hyped to see the film. I APPLAUD Ms. DuVernay's efforts in these first two films to tell stories that aren't usually told. THERE IS room for films that don't have high drama and have subtle storytelling.

  • Dankwa Brooks | July 26, 2012 1:38 PM

    @BluTopaz I feel you about IWF. I don't recall feeling any lack of development over IWF, but I feel any lack of development you might have felt may have been due to budget. Shrug. Also I thought the Omari character was just there to further develop the Salli character in the last act to show her isolation from everything while she took care of her aunt. The poster might have been misleading into making you think that it was mostly about them I guess. LOL. In any case I didn't have a problem with that either. I'd rather he stay 15 minutes than 180 the story from what it was into a "love story". In any case I get what you are saying even if I don't agree :)

  • BluTopaz | July 26, 2012 9:43 AM

    "THERE IS room for films that don't have high drama and have subtle storytelling."

    The lack of "high drama" isn't my critique of IWF, but whatev. I felt like Salli's character was not developed enough. Her cousin briefly alluded to why Salli and her aunt got along so well, but given the family dynamics I thought it could have been explored more. And Omari was only in the movie about 15 minutes. His character seemed like an afterthought to me. But I appreciated the subtleties as you noted, just wished it was more substantial overall. And I thought Salli did a good job carrying a film, she was charming and engaging enough to keep you interested. Esp in the upbeat 'life goes on' ending.

  • Dankwa Brooks | July 26, 2012 8:29 AMReply

    'I Will Follow'. Let me say this I had to take care of and then bury my mother @ the tender age of 25 and IWF got the mood RIGHT! I thought Ms. DuVernay handled a morose subject matter with measured attention that could have EASILY meandered into histrionics, but did not. I REALLY liked SALLI RICHARDSON'S performance and I thought that was measured performance as well. All I can say is some movies are not for everybody and that's ok.

  • ROBBIE | July 26, 2012 10:22 PM

    Exactly. I agree with every word of this, Dankwa Brooks. I loved the cousin and the showdown in the aunt's bedroom. That's real hard life. when you start to transfer your grief onto THINGS and start to squabble. Very real, honest movie with touching performances.

  • CareyCarey | July 25, 2012 11:54 PMReply

    The comments are interesting but first ...I didn't know Ava Duvernay won Best Director at Sundance. I guess I just haven't been paying attention. Speaking of not paying attention, I didn't know anything about Omari Hardwick ( am serious) until I saw him in "Everyday Black Man" on BET Tuesday night. I mean, I've seen y'all mention his name but nothing stuck with me. But listen, the dude can act! It was a 10 mil(?) movie that was just "ok" (chessy & preachy) but Omari showed poise, timing and range. Now reference David Oyelowo: Not sold-on-him-one-bit. Nope, in fact, from what I've seen of him the guy is very fortunate and has a very good agent. Please, somebody point me to a movie, or movies that I may have missed? Moving on Sali Richardson. Anyone who says she's not a good actress ...I have to give my deep furrowed brow! I am not even going into why b/c if they don't know I'll never be able to convince them otherwise. However, I did find something VERY INTERESTING. Sali Richardson was in a movie titled "Once Upon a Time... When We Were Colored" which received a 7.3 viewer rating, and I Will Followed received a 5.3. Hmmmm ...has anyone seen "Once Upon a Time"? Anyway, I have not seen either of Ava's movies but I look forward to rectifing that problem ASAP.

  • justsaying | July 26, 2012 7:16 PM

    @CareyCarey, my opinion of Salli Richardson's craft is based on what I saw in IWF. She was the lead so she should have gave it her best shot...Watch the film and let me know what you think of her performance.

  • Dankwa Brooks | July 26, 2012 8:42 AM

    @CareyCarey I first saw DAVID OYELOWO in 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' and I was SOLD! To me he was one of the BEST things about 'Red Tails' as well. He's the real deal!

  • BOUT FACE | July 25, 2012 11:37 PMReply

    The lead is giving you FACE! She looks like a pretty brown cupie doll! I'd love to do her make-up! Ava HIT ME UP to do your stars!!!! boutface at blackplanet dot com! The movie looks great!

  • M.HOLMES | July 25, 2012 10:00 PMReply

    Beautiful trailer for a beautiful film.

  • Joe Doughrity | July 25, 2012 9:27 PMReply

    Saw it at the LA Film Fest and can't wait to go again with friends. And also going to make sure my family in Detroit is there opening weekend. Go Ava & Emayatzy!

  • Bren | July 25, 2012 8:55 PMReply

    I'm a fan. Loved I Will Follow and this appears to be a stellar follow-up that I'm looking forward to! David Oyellowo and Omari Hardwick can battle for my heart any day of the week.

  • Kelea | July 26, 2012 11:10 PM

    Oh definitely! They are yummy.

  • ASWILLIAMS | July 25, 2012 6:21 PMReply

    They don`t make great films with such substance like this film nowadays. I hope this film is shown to an audience that will appreciate a film with a great story and cast.

  • JustSaying | July 25, 2012 5:08 PMReply

    Glad to see she is improving as she makes more films...was not impressed with I Will Follow at all! But this seems like it is of a better substance! Hope to give it a try!

  • FoxyP | September 28, 2012 4:46 PM

    @Real Producer---The hater crew will always be trolling for opportunities to hate. Too bad they have to bring it to the public forum bringing down black movies and black actors, but always want to wonder why mainstream won't play our movies or utilize our actors....

    I thought I Will Follow was wonderfully done. The cast was top notch, the dialogue truthful, and the message inspiring!

    Last, Salli Richardson did an outstanding job. Having been through this situation a few times in the recent past, I KNOW she portrayed this character exactly on point. Her character might not have been crying, yelling and being dramatic, but that just goes to show that everyone does not grieve in that way. She brought understated grace to this role and I, for one, believe Ava's casting of her brilliant.

  • Real Producer | July 27, 2012 2:27 AM

    I Will Follow is a very good film. Just had to add that two cents on the hater thread for the record. I'm out.

  • Justsaying | July 26, 2012 10:14 AM

    @No Brainer, yes! I like that poster too.

  • NO BRAINER | July 25, 2012 11:18 PM

    I didn't like I WILL FOLLOW either but this one definitely seems like a step up. I still wish she kept the older Sundance poster.

  • justsaying | July 25, 2012 9:58 PM

    @Janna, I'm not going to dwell on this, so I'll make this quick and remain focused on what's to come in October! A film that dives into any "process" with a Black face is not good enough for me and does not equate to something of substance. I want a compelling story and PLOT. Sally Richardson needs to step her craft up period. I didn't even see MON yet, but I am so happy that the director didn't cast Sally Richardson as the lead! I don't care if a film was made for $2.00. Go hard or go home. I think the director is progressing from the looks of this in many different areas, which I think is natural when you have passion and commitment. Spend your money wisely :).

  • the black police | July 25, 2012 9:54 PM

    JUSTSAYING and BLUTOPAZ, what didnt you like about "I Will Follow"? And id like to know 3 films each, that you consider good.

  • janna | July 25, 2012 9:32 PM

    I was quite impressed with I Will Follow. It had substance for me in diving into the grieving process with a black face and I thought the often underutilized Sally Richardson was quite good. For the shoestring budget of $50,000, I found it impressive. This one looks like she had more money/ hope we see this sistah's budgets grow. If I won the lottery, I swear I would take one of my many millions and give a couple of these directors a half mil to make their movies and take am executive producer credit as an investment. I really would.

  • Justsaying | July 25, 2012 5:30 PM

    Yep, nothing speaks louder than what you put on that screen.

  • BluTopaz | July 25, 2012 5:12 PM

    It is interesting to follow a filmmaker's evolution. I wasn't impressed with I Will Follow either, but from all I have read about Ava and the AFFRM movement I wanted it to do well so she can make more films. This trailer looks great.

  • Pete Chatmon | July 25, 2012 5:05 PMReply

    Dope. Can't wait to see this...

  • Jimmy Kimble | July 25, 2012 4:45 PMReply

    Oyelowo needs to work on his American accent. #struggling

  • Kelea | July 26, 2012 11:08 PM

    I absolutely agree about Oyelowo's American accents. He is a fantastic actor (and not to mention very handsome/captivating) but I've been saying this for a while now. He'll get a pass as many Brits do as I've already heard people gushing about his American accent but in my opinion he's not even as good as those British actors I feel have a decent base but need to work on consistency.

  • Patrice Leon | July 25, 2012 3:19 PMReply

    I've lived this life so I went to see the movie when it played at the festival in Downtown Los Angeles. I wasn't sure if I would like what I saw. However, I wanted to share my thoughts in a forum that I do not ordinarily use. The movie was unexpected and done in a great way. I expected much about the inmate and I got much about the wife instead which shocked me. I had to realize that my own thinking about what I would see reflects the way I thought about my imprisoned mate. It was always about him in my own mind and heart and rarely about me. Even my expectations of the movie were like that. It is sad how we become so wrapped up in the system. The film, however, was not. It put us first and for that I commend Ms Duvernay. She has to know something of this situation because she got it just right most specifically the small things. I encourage everybody to see this movie with an open heart. Thank you.

  • Real Producer | July 27, 2012 2:24 AM

    God bless.

  • the black police | July 25, 2012 2:51 PMReply


  • Critical Acclaim | July 25, 2012 2:07 PMReply

    Beautiful blacks acting well, shot well, written well. Count me in!

  • Laura | July 25, 2012 2:02 PMReply

    Can't wait to see this one. This new girl seems like a real find.

  • Laura | July 25, 2012 4:33 PM

    Yeah, I would have to agree with Laura. Can't wait to see this.

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