Ava DuVernay

As the first Black woman to win the Best Director award at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, Ava DuVernay has a lot to be proud of.  Besides her roles as director, producer and writer for her own documentaries and films, the California native has her hands in a number of significant projects, including lending her services to BET's 2010 TV documentary My Mic Sounds Nice and TV One's 2010 Essence Music Festival. The writer/director is also the founder of the African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement (AFFRM) and award-winning DVA Media + Marketing, a content company which has supplied some of Hollywood's top conglomerates and entertainment networks. DuVernay’s most critically acclaimed project to date is 2014’s Selma, with which she became the first Black female director to be nominated for a Golden Globe. She also, soon after, became the first Black female director to have a film nominated for the Oscar for Best Picture.

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Ava DuVernay to Receive Freedom Award

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