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      Ava DuVernay

      Ava DuVernay

      Highest Rated: 100% Half the Picture (2018)

      Lowest Rated: 43% A Wrinkle in Time (2018)

      Birthday: Aug 24, 1972

      Birthplace: Long Beach, California, USA

      A gifted, socially conscious writer, director and producer, Ava DuVernay went from in-demand publicist to helming her own projects when she saw a gap in the marketplace for non-stereotypical African-American independent films. After experiencing success with the award-winning documentaries "This is the Life" (2008) and "My Mic Sounds Nice: The Truth About Women in Hip-Hop" (BET, 2010), DuVernay turned her focus to narratives features with the acclaimed tale of moving on from grief, "I Will Follow" (2011), the first release from her industry-changing collective, the African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement (AFFRM). DuVernay impressed critics even further with her follow-up, "Middle of Nowhere" (2012), the story of a woman (Emayatzy Corinealdi) who makes enormous personal sacrifices to support her incarcerated husband (Omari Hardwick) but eventually reaches a personal crossroads. Her film dramatizing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1965 civil rights march, "Selma" (2014), was even more acclaimed. Earning massive acclaim across the board, DuVernay made history as the first African-American winner of Best Director from the Sundance Film Festival. Blessed with a huge talent to match her social conscience, Ava DuVernay excited critics and fans who were proud to join her in championing challenging African-American independent films of depth and substance. DuVernay also broke ground on television with a collaboration with longtime friend and mentor Oprah Winfrey, "Queen Sugar" (OWN 2016- ) and was tapped to direct the film version of the classic children's fantasy "A Wrinkle In Time," making her the first African-American woman to helm a feature with a budget over one hundred million dollars.

      Photos

      Ava DuVernay Ava DuVernay at arrivals for The 89th Academy Awards Oscars 2017 - Arrivals 1, The Dolby Theatre at Hollywood and Highland Center, Los Angeles, CA February 26, 2017. Photo By: Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection Ava DuVernay at arrivals for The Academy's 8th Annual Governors Awards 2016, The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center, Los Angeles, CA November 12, 2016. Photo By: David Longendyke/Everett Collection Ava DuVernay at arrivals for VH1 Trailblazer Honors, Wilshire Ebell Theatre, Los Angeles, CA February 20, 2019. Photo By: Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection Ava DuVernay at arrivals for Academy's 7th Annual Governors Awards 2015 - Part 2, The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center, Los Angeles, CA November 14, 2015. Photo By: David Longendyke/Everett Collection Ava DuVernay at arrivals for Academy's 7th Annual Governors Awards 2015 - Part 2, The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center, Los Angeles, CA November 14, 2015. Photo By: David Longendyke/Everett Collection Ava DuVernay at arrivals for QUEEN SUGAR Premiere on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, Warner Bros. Studio Lot - Steven J. Ross Theater, Burbank, CA August 29, 2016. Photo By: Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection Ava DuVernay at arrivals for TIME 100 Gala Dinner 2017, Jazz at Lincoln Center''s Frederick P. Rose Hall, New York, NY April 25, 2017. Photo By: Kristin Callahan/Everett Collection Ava DuVernay at arrivals for Women In Film Pre-Oscar Cocktail Party, Nightingale Plaza, Los Angeles, CA February 24, 2017. Photo By: Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection Ava DuVernay at arrivals for 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards - Arrivals 1, Santa Monica Beach, Santa Monica, CA February 25, 2017. Photo By: Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection Ava DuVernay at arrivals for 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards - Arrivals 1, Santa Monica Beach, Santa Monica, CA February 25, 2017. Photo By: Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection Ava DuVernay at arrivals for Camp: Notes on Fashion Met Gala Costume Institute Annual Benefit - Part 5, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY May 6, 2019. Photo By: Kristin Callahan/Everett Collection Ava DuVernay at arrivals for 10th Annual Governors Awards - PT2, Dolby Theatre, Los Angeles, CA November 18, 2018. Photo By: Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection Ava DuVernay at arrivals for OWN's QUEEN SUGAR at the 35th Anniversary PaleyFest LA 2018, Dolby Theatre, Los Angeles, CA March 24, 2018. Photo By: Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection Ava DuVernay (wearing Cushnie et Ochs) at arrivals for A WRINKLE IN TIME Premiere, El Capitan Theatre, Los Angeles, CA February 26, 2018. Photo By: Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection Ava DuVernay at a public appearance for 29th Annual Producers Guild Awards (PGAs), The Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA January 20, 2018. Photo By: Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection Ava DuVernay at arrivals for 30th Film Independent Spirit Awards 2015 - Arrivals 1, Santa Monica Beach, Santa Monica, CA February 21, 2015. Photo By: James Atoa/Everett Collection Ava DuVernay at arrivals for The Hollywood Reporter''s Oscars Nominees Night, Spago, Beverly Hills, CA February 2, 2015. Photo By: Xavier Collin/Everett Collection Ava DuVernay at arrivals for National Board Of Review Awards Gala 2015, Cipriani 42nd Street, New York, NY January 6, 2015. Photo By: Gregorio T. Binuya/Everett Collection Ava DuVernay, David Oyelowo at arrivals for 26th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala 2015, Palm Springs Convention Center, Palm Springs, CA January 3, 2015. Photo By: Xavier Collin/Everett Collection

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 83% Becoming King Self - 2024
      83% 97% Origin Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      $4.5M 2023
      89% 97% Only in Theaters Self $34.1K 2022
      88% 41% A Choice of Weapons: Inspired by Gordon Parks Self - 2021
      91% 80% The White Tiger Executive Producer - 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Concerto Is a Conversation Executive Producer - 2021
      100% 67% Half the Picture Self $21.6K 2018
      43% 26% A Wrinkle in Time Director $100.5M 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet August 28th: A Day in the Life of a People Director - 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Be Natural Unknown (Character) - 2018
      97% 90% 13TH Director,
      Writer,
      Producer
      - 2016
      99% 86% Selma Director,
      Executive Producer
      $52.1M 2014
      98% 88% Life Itself Self $809.7K 2014
      67% 76% 99 Percent: The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film Associate Producer - 2013
      88% 64% Middle of Nowhere Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      $166.9K 2012
      82% 66% I Will Follow Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      - 2010
      No Score Yet No Score Yet My Mic Sounds Nice: The Truth About Women in Hip Hop Director,
      Executive Producer
      - 2010
      No Score Yet No Score Yet This Is the Life Director,
      Producer,
      Writer
      - 2008

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Talk Guest 2018 2022 2024
      No Score Yet 10% The View Guest 2018 2021 2024
      No Score Yet 64% Queen Sugar Creator,
      Executive Producer
      2019 2021-2022
      78% 96% Cherish the Day Executive Producer 2020 2022
      91% 56% Naomi Executive Producer,
      Writer
      2022
      0% No Score Yet One Perfect Shot Executive Producer,
      Narrator
      2022
      52% 42% DMZ Executive Producer,
      Director
      2022
      100% 85% Dear... Self 2022
      No Score Yet 31% The Drew Barrymore Show Guest 2022
      100% No Score Yet Home Sweet Home Executive Producer 2021
      79% 45% Colin in Black and White Executive Producer,
      Creator
      2021
      No Score Yet 44% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Guest 2021
      No Score Yet 62% The Kelly Clarkson Show Guest 2021
      No Score Yet 48% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2016 2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet OWN Spotlight: Where Do We Go From Here? Guest 2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show Guest 2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Finding Your Roots Guest 2017 2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter Guest 2017 2019
      97% 89% When They See Us Executive Producer,
      Director,
      Creator,
      Writer
      2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Desus & Mero Guest 2019
      72% 76% The Red Line Executive Producer 2019
      No Score Yet 61% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2018
      41% 61% Chelsea Guest 2016
      No Score Yet 29% The Daily Show With Trevor Noah Guest 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 60 Minutes Guest 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tavis Smiley Guest 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Guest 2015
      No Score Yet 77% Being Mary Jane Unknown (Guest Star) 2014
      93% 72% Scandal Director 2013