Ava DuVernay

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AVA DuVERNAY is an Academy Award nominee, and winner of the Emmy, the BAFTA and the Peabody. She is a writer, director, producer and film distributor. Her directorial work includes the Oscar-winning historical drama SELMA, the Oscar-nominated criminal justice documentary 13TH, and Disney’s A WRINKLE IN TIME, on which she became the highest grossing black woman filmmaker in American cinema history. She is currently in production on her next project based on the infamous case known as CENTRAL PARK FIVE, while overseeing production of her hit TV series QUEEN SUGAR. Winner of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival’s Best Director Prize for her micro-budget film MIDDLE OF NOWHERE, DuVernay amplifies the work of people of color and women of all kinds through her independent film collective ARRAY, named one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies. In 2017, she was featured as one of Fortune magazine’s 50 Greatest Culture Leaders and TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People.‎ DuVernay sits on the boards of Sundance Institute and Film Independent. @ava

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