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Watch: Ava DuVernay's Filmmaker Keynote Address At 2013 Film Independent Forum

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • October 28, 2013 5:07 PM
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Watch: Ava DuVernay Delivers Filmmaker Keynote Address At 2013 Film Independent Forum

Sundance Institute Board of Trustees Adds Four New Members - Ava DuVernay Is One Of Them

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 26, 2013 3:45 PM
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Sundance Institute today announced 4 new members added to the Institute’s Board of Trustees, and among them is Ava DuVernay.

Exclusive: AFFRM Launches New Black Filmmaker Conversations Podcast Series - 'The Call-In'

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 19, 2013 4:23 PM
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AFFRM continues to expand on its services/offerings, launching its very first podcast series, which will feature conversations between AFFRM founder (and a filmmaker in her own right) Ava DuVernay, and black filmmakers from the diaspora.

Ava DuVernay Retrospective + Jorgensen Guest Filmmaker Lecture At IU

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 6, 2013 2:57 PM
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A formal announcement from the BFC/A of news we shared a little while ago - with full details, ticket info, etc.

Ava DuVernay Directs Kali Hawk & Lance Gross In Fashion Fair Short 'Say Yes'

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 16, 2013 7:01 PM
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Venice Days Lineup Includes Ava DuVernay’s 'The Door' + Benny & Joshua Safdie's 'Lenny Cooke'

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 13, 2013 2:42 PM
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The Venice Days section lineup taking place during the upcoming Venice Film Festival includes an international selection of 12 films, plus the 3 finalists for the European Parliament’s Lux Prize.

Ava DuVernay Will Direct An Episode Of 'Scandal' Next Season

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 12, 2013 10:30 AM
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Welcome @AVAETC. Ava will be directing @ScandalABC episode 308. She is shadowing epi. 301 with us. We are all excited!!! ����

Huge! Ava DuVernay Tapped By Brad Pitt's Plan B To Take Over Lee Daniels' 'Selma'

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 11, 2013 3:25 PM
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Ava DuVernay is taking over directing duties of the Martin Luther King Jr feature project that Lee Daniels was once originally attached to helm, but faced a financing wall, and moved on to other projects.Deadline reports that David Oyelowo, who was to star in Daniels' project, will stay onboard to play MLK, reuniting with DuVernay (he co-starred in her 2012 acclaimed sophomore effort, Middle Of Nowhere).Titled Selma, DuVernay was brought onboard to direct the project by Pathe UK, Brad Pitt’s Plan B and producer Christian Colson, who were impressed by her last effort, Middle Of Nowhere.The feature drama centers on the 1965 landmark voting rights campaign regarded as the peak of the civil rights movement. DuVernay has reportedly already began scouting locations, and is working over the script with screenwriter Paul Webb, with production aimed to begin sooner than later, given the competition in the form of several other MLK projects, on the horizon.Daniels' Selma was reportedly held up because family and close friends of the King estate didn't approve of the project, which would have highlighted some of King's vices. No word on whether there's been a shift, whether in the script, or the attitudes towards it.4 years ago, here's how Daniels described what was then a much-buzzed about script, that was said to focus on the relationship between Martin Luther King Jr and Lyndon B. Johnson:"It's a moment in time in Martin Luther King and LBJ's (life) around the signing of the Civil Rights. It's a snapshot of the march. It's really Lyndon Johnson's story. Martin Luther King is a part of it, but it's really the arc of a man that starts out as a racist who is forced to look at himself in the mirror and then ultimately side with King. It's really a journey of a white cat and how he sneers at tradition and against George Wallace, against everybody, says, 'Uh-uh.'"Now we wait in anticipation to learn what/whose story DuVernay's polished script will tell. A lot, I'm sure, has changed in 4 years.Regardless, this should be a nice budget-bump for Ms DuVernay to play with, after directing 2 low-budget indies in I Will Follow and the aforementioned Middle Of Nowhere. In addition to Oyelowo, the cast of Daniels' Selma also included Lenny Kravitz (as civil rights activist Andrew Young), Cedric The Entertainer(as Ralph Abernathy), Hugh Jackman (as racist Selma sheriff Jim Clark), and Liam Neeson (as President Lyndon Baines Johnson). No word yet on whether they're still attached.I should also note, in closing, that it was last summer when Lee Daniels, apparently unable to get Selma off the ground, switched gears, still staying on the MLK course, but this time teaming with Hugh Jackman (who was also attached to Selma), to take on Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination in a new film that would reportedly explore an "unconventional view of King's murder."To be titled Orders To Kill, the film was to tell an alternative version of the MLK shooting, with Daniels directing of course, and Jackman starring.

Review: Ava DuVernay Highlights Tennis Star's Activism in Exciting Doc 'Venus Vs.' (Airs Tonight)

  • By Nijla Mumin
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  • July 2, 2013 11:03 AM
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I remember the first time I saw Venus Williams on television- tall, lean, with a tennis racquet in her hand, and multicolored beads in her braids. I didn’t grow up playing or watching tennis, but there was something about her and those beads that spoke to me.

Venus Williams' Multiple Wimbledon Championship Dreams In New Clip From 'Venus VS'

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 1, 2013 12:10 PM
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ESPN Films and espnW will premiere the documentary Venus Vs., directed by Ava DuVernay, as the first film in the upcoming Nine for IX series, tomorrow, July 2, at 8pm ET.