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Ava DuVernay

Ava DuVernay

AVA DuVERNAY

Filmmaker

Academy Award nominee and Emmy, BAFTA and Peabody Award winner Ava DuVernay 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,” which made her the highest-grossing African-American woman director in domestic box office history.

She is currently in production on her next project, based on and named for the infamous crime case known as the “Central Park Five,” while overseeing production of her critically-acclaimed 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 distribution 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. She is based in Los Angeles.