Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Ava DuVernay

Saturday, May. 12, 2018

Eighty-two women climbed the steps of the Palais des Festivals at the Cannes Film Festival in an unprecedented red carpet protest to press for improved gender equality in the film industry.

The number of stars, filmmakers and film industry professionals ascending the steps represented the...

Wednesday, Mar. 7, 2018

Go ahead, pick your favorite young, villain-vanquishing fantasy heroine. Meg Murry probably came first.

Katniss Everdeen? She arrived in 2001. Hermione Granger? That was 1997. Elphaba, the green girl from "Wicked"? 2003. But Meg, the reluctant, bespectacled heroine of Madeleine L'Engle's...

Tuesday, Mar. 6, 2018

Ava DuVernay didn't pick up a camera until the age of 32.

It's an extraordinary fact, considering the trajectories of most Hollywood directors. Orson Welles filmed "Citizen Kane" at 25. Steven Spielberg was 27 when he made "Jaws." A 23-year-old John Singleton directed "Boyz N the Hood."...

Friday, Mar. 2, 2018

The organizers of Time's Up say the movement to eradicate discrimination in the workplace will have a presence at Sunday's Oscar show, but there are no plans for a red-carpet dress code.

Shonda Rhimes, Ava DuVernay, actresses Laura Dern and Tessa Thompson, producer Katie McGrath and...

Monday, Oct. 30, 2017

Becoming the first woman of color to direct a feature with a budget of $100 million-plus is an historic achievement for Ava DuVernay who’s currently in post on that Disney film, A Wrinkle in Time. A key part of her experience on the tentpole movie--which is slated for release in March...

Friday, Aug. 18, 2017

Amanda Marsalis and DeMane Davis—directors who made their mark in indie features and are active in commercials and branded content via, respectively, production companies Backyard and Sweet Rickey—recently extended their reach into primetime TV, helming season two episodes of Queen Sugar,...

Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017

Director DeMane Davis has established herself in short and long-form fare. On the former score, she is on the commercialmaking/branded content roster of production house Sweet Rickey. She has directed campaigns for such clients as Bank of America, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Tidy Cats and Cigna. ...

Tuesday, Jul. 11, 2017

Director Amanda Marsalis--who made her indie feature debut with Echo Park at the L.A. Film Festival in 2014, and is active in commercials via production house Backyard--has made her first foray into TV series with two episodes of Queen Sugar. Marsalis directed episodes 5 and 8...

Thursday, Jul. 6, 2017

The historic case of The Central Park Five will be brought to life in a new dramatic limited series for Netflix created by Ava DuVernay, who will also write and direct. The narrative, five-episode series will be executive produced by Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King from Participant Media, Oprah...

Monday, Jun. 12, 2017

Oprah Winfrey, Ava DuVernay, Damien Chazelle, Jordan Peele and Ted Sarandos were among the marquee speakers during the Producers Guild of America’s two-day (6/10-11) Produced By Conference held on the 20th Century Fox Studios lot in Los Angeles. All were interviewed by notables in their own...

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