Black director Ava DuVernay continues to break the mold. Read on …
Award-winning director Ava DuVernay will be the first African-American woman to head a live-action feature film with a budget over $100 million with her forthcoming A Wrinkle in Time.
DuVernay will share the feat with only two other women: Kathryn Bigelow, who was the first to direct a film with such a budget in her 2002 K-19: The Widowmaker, and Patty Jenkins with Wonder Woman, which comes out next year, reports Women and Hollywood. – Times
Yes, you read that right. DuVernay will be the first black woman — and actually, first woman of color — to direct a $100-million budget live-action feature film! In an industry where woman directors of color are in the single digits percentage-wise, this IS news. Let’s go back to where DuVernay started …
- Ava DuVernay graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in African-American studies and English. Yep, she’s a double major.
- After college, she started off in journalism, then switched to publicity.
- DuVernay made her directorial debut in 2008 with the documentary This Is Life. Documentaries are typically low-budget, so she started small, and this was just eight years ago.
- Then came her first narrative film in 2011 titled I Will Follow. It was also low budget; she used less than $50,000 of her own money (Source).
- Then came Middle of Nowhere, for which she became the first African-American woman to win the Best Director Award at the Sundance Film Festival. (I believe you can still watch this movie on Netflix.)
- Fast forward to Selma, in 2014, which garnered two Oscar nominations.
Fast forward to now!
Congratulations, DuVernay!! Keep doing big things!
Image from http://www.avaduvernay.com.