Friday, 20 January 2012
Director's Cut: Ava DuVernay
The multi talented Ava DuVernay is a film maker, film marketer and film distributor. Her award winning publicity and marketing firm DVA Media & Marketing has provided strategies for the likes of Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood, Michael Mann and Gurinder Chadha. She made her directorial debut with the movie I Will Follow starring Salli Richardson Whitfield. Roger Ebert showered it with praise, calling it one of the best films about coming to terms with the death of a loved one. Her next film Middle of Nowhere has been nominated for a Sundance award. Ava is gorgeous and it's fantastic to see a new crop of black female directors around with the likes of Dee Rees who made Pariah, Tanya Hamilton, director of Night Catches Us and Victoria Mahoney, director of Yelling To The Sky. Infact, I'm loving the resurgence of black independent cinema.