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Ava DuVernay

Ava Duvernay's biography

Ava Marie DuVernay is 50 years old film director born at Long Beach. She was born on Thursday 24th of August 1972. Ava is often nicknamed as Ava. According to year of birth 1972 she belongs to Generation X. Birthday on 24th of August means she is Virgo. Virgo is an earthy sign of Zodiac Belt. People born under this Rising Sign are practical in nature. They believe in reality and represents themselves as a strong person.

Ava is multiracial american. She is citizen of United States of America. Ava´s primary profession is to be film director. You can know Ava also as writer, screenwriter, film producer, showrunner. Ava is recently known as television producer. She received Independent Spirit John Cassavetes Award Middle of Nowhere in 2013

Ava Duvernay's schools

We found 1 school Ava attended. Name of the school: University of California, Los Angeles.

Detailed informations about her schools

She studied high school - Saint Joseph High School.

She studied university - University of California, Los Angeles (BA).

Ava Duvernay's career

Her main focus is to be film director. She is famous thanks to directing the 2014 historical drama film Selma, based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery march attended by Martin Luther King Jr., which received an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture and won Best Original Song ("Glory" by Common & John Legend).

Is Ava Duvernay gay ?

Ava is known to be straight.

Awards and competitions

Ava Duvernay's Awards

  • In 2012, she became the first African American woman to win the Best Director Prize at Sundance Film Festival. She won the award for her second feature, Middle of Nowhere (2012).
  • She is the first black female director to be nominated for a Golden Globe Award. She received the nomination for her film Selma (2014).
  • Has directed one Emmy Award-winning performance: Jharrel Jerome in When They See Us (2019).

What else you don't know about Ava Duvernay ?

Her middle name is Marie.

What Ava Duvernay has done for a first time

  • In 2012, she became the first African American woman to win the Best Director Prize at Sundance Film Festival. She won the award for her second feature, Middle of Nowhere (2012).
  • She is the first black female director to be nominated for a Golden Globe Award. She received the nomination for her film Selma (2014).
  • She directed her first feature film at the age of thirty-nine.
  • She is the first African-American woman to direct a comic book with New Gods (2022).

Ava Duvernay's quotes

  • Be passionate and move forward with gusto every single hour of every single day until you reach your goal.
  • Film school was a privilege I could not afford.
  • When I'm marketing a film, whether its mine or someone else's, I work with a great deal of strategy and elbow grease until the job is done.
  • I'm a prison abolitionist because the prison system as it is set up is just not working. It's horrible.
  • If you're doing something outside of dominant culture, there's not an easy place for you. You will have to do it yourself.
  • I think I am a little jealous of women who have great girlfriends as adults.
  • In documentaries, there's a truth that unfolds unnaturally, and you get to chronicle it. In narratives, you have to create the situations so that the truth will come out.
  • I wish I could be the black woman Soderbergh, and put the camera on my shoulder and shoot beautifully while I directed.
  • All the films I do, I write the scripts, I direct.
  • Filmmakers need to realize that their job isn't done when they lock picture. We must see our films through.
  • All the traditional models for doing things are collapsing; from music to publishing to film, and it's a wide open door for people who are creative to do what they need to do without having institutions block their art.
  • I don't understand the iPhone. I just don't get it. Don't ya'll have to write serious emails throughout the day? How can you possibly manage detailed missives on a phone with no keys?
  • I make films about black women and it doesn't mean that you can't see them as a black man, doesn't mean that he can't see them as a white man or she can't see them as a white woman.
  • I didn't start out thinking that I could ever make films. I started out being a film lover, loving films, and wanting to have a job that put me close to them and close to filmmakers and close to film sets.
  • As long as you're in an environment where the worth of the project isn't based on the project but what its predecessors did, it's not truly inclusive.
  • I think good publicists are just like good mommies - always looking out, making sure folks are comfortable and making sure that folks are on time and making sure that folks are getting what they need and know what they need to do.
  • I really admire Werner Herzog and Spike Lee. They're amazing documentarians. If you took away all the narratives, they'd just be amazing documentarians.
  • I just don't think there's a lot of support for the woman's voice in cinema, and it becomes really difficult to raise that money and start again every time.
  • I think for female filmmakers a big issue is making their second and third films.
  • I think that women definitely have a special bond as friends that is hard to describe to men, and we don't often see that portrayed narratively.
  • I tell the stories that are of interest to me.
  • You know, often films that are deemed positive, nobody wants to see them.
  • I didn't go to film school. I got my education on the set as a niche publicist in the film industry.
  • Positive characterizations are complex characterizations. That's all we need to know. They shouldn't be saccharine. They shouldn't feel like medicine.
  • We're told that independent film lovers... folks that are used to watching art house films, won't come out and see a film with black people in it - I've been told that in rooms, big rooms, studio rooms, and I know that's not true.
  • [on filming Selma (2014) in the same area of Alabama where she grew up] I never approached it as, 'Oh my God, I'm making a film about Mr. King'. I just focused on making a film about an ordinary man doing extraordinary things in a place I know very well.
  • I think there have been cracks made in the glass ceiling by women who can get close enough to hit it with the weapon of their presence. But I'm mostly bolstered by folks who create their own ceilings.
  • See also Other Works |  Publicity Listings |  Official Sites

Ava Duvernay's height, weight, body shape, eye color

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