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Ava DuVernay Speaker

Ava DuVernay

Los Angeles, California

Academy Award & Golden Globe Nominee

Winner, Sundance Film Festival Best Director

Founder, Array

Ava DuVernay Speaker Profile:

Ava DuVernay is a director, producer, screenwriter, film marketer, and film distributor.  She made her feature film debut with the documentary This in the Life (2008) This was followed by series of television music documentaries which included My Mic Sounds Nice (2010) and I Will Follow (2010), which secured her the African-American Film Critics Association award for best screenplay.  At the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, DuVernay won the Best Director Prize for her second feature film Middle of Nowhere, becoming the first African-American woman to win the award. For her work in Selma (2014), DuVernay was the first black female director to be nominated for a Golden Globe Award.  With Selma, she was also the first black female director to have her film nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. In 2017, she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature for her film 13th (2016).

DuVernay’s next film, A Wrinkle in Time, reportedly has a budget exceeding $100 million, making DuVernay the first black woman to direct a live-action film with a budget of that size

In 2017, she was named one of Fortune Magazine’s 50 Greatest World Leaders. A graduate of UCLA, DuVernay is the founder of ARRAY, a grassroots distribution and advocacy collective dedicated to the amplification of films by people of color and women which was named one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies.

For availability and speaker fees, please contact Ava DuVernay’s speaking agent at Chartwell here, or call +1 972 385 1021 for U.S. inquiries or +44 207 293 0864 for international inquiries.

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