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Ava DuVernay To Be Awarded Athena Film Festival Award

  • By Natasha Greeves
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  • November 28, 2012 8:37 PM
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There was quite a bit to be digested within the release buy Ava Duvernay's name quickly got my attention.  Duvernay is being lauded at the Third Annual Athena Film Festival, A Celebration of Women and Leadership.  Congrats to Ava Duvernay! 

For New Yorkers Who Missed It: Special Screening Of 'Middle Of Nowhere' w/ Ava DuVernay Present, 11/27

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 20, 2012 7:16 PM
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If you're a New Yorker who didn't get to see the film during its theatrical run here in NYC (it's no longer playing in this market, although it continues to expand to others), you should know that there'll be a special screening of it at the Museum Of The Moving Image in Queens, with writer/director Ava DuVernay in attendance for a post-screening discussion.

Watch Luisa's Story On Predatory Phone Rates ('Middle Of Nowhere' Social Justice Campaign)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 2, 2012 6:10 PM
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Some back-story... in September, Ava DuVernay's Middle Of Nowhere was shown as testimony at the FCC, as a part of the Wright Petition to end predatory phone rates for incarcerated families; the practice of charging unreasonably high rates of up to $2.99 per minute, to accept calls from loved ones behind bars.

Watch 'Middle Of Nowhere: Journey Of An Indie' (Includes Never-Before-Released-Online Footage)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • October 25, 2012 6:55 PM
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Good stuff that I think you all will appreciate immensely. A peek behind the curtain - from casting, to production and finally film festival run.

'Middle of Nowhere' Expands To More Cities This Weekend - Is Your City One Of Them?

  • By Sergio
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  • October 25, 2012 8:55 AM
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Is S & A turning into the Middle of Nowhere channel? Seems that way doesn't it? But then again isn't that we're all about? That is bringing to attention intelligent, well made, independently made black films? 

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

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • October 22, 2012 9:15 PM
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I enjoyed this conversation between Ava DuVernay and Terry Gross (NPR, Fresh Air), uploaded today.

'Middle Of Nowhere' Expands To Seven More Cities This Friday

  • By Sergio
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  • October 16, 2012 2:25 PM
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For those of you have yet to see, and have been dying to see Ava DuVernay's film Middle of Nowhere, especially after the fantastic word-of-mouth the film has been getting, and the news we reported this weekend that it had the highest gross per screen of any film currently playing in theaters, many more of you will have that chance.

Now That It's Officially Opened, Let's Talk 'Middle Of Nowhere'...

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • October 15, 2012 12:06 PM
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I should first note that the film will continue to expand to other cities over the next several weekends, so while you folks in NYC, LA, ATL, Philly and DC may have seen it this past weekend, others do not yet have access to the film. And to those folks (and really anyone who hasn't seen it), I'd suggest that you AVOID this post altogether, if you don't want your experience potentially spoiled.

New In USA Theaters This Weekend: 'Middle Of Nowhere,' 'The Iran Job,' 'Special Forces'

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • October 12, 2012 5:23 PM
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The Only Reason You'll Ever Need To See Ava DuVernay's 'Middle Of Nowhere'...

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • October 11, 2012 2:44 PM
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So here we are folks - a day before Middle Of Nowhere makes its commercial theatrical debut, 9 months after its Sundance Film Festival premiere, where I first saw it (and loved it), and where its director, Ava DuVernay, made history as the first African American woman to be crowned with Best Director honors.