10 Things You Should Know About Ava DuVernay

Learn more about the director of I Will Follow!

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Affirming Her Beliefs - She is the Founder of AFFRM, the African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement. (Photo: FERNANDO LEON)

Ava DuVernay  - Ava DuVernay, Founder, AFFRM & DVA; Filmmaker.          (Photo: GEORGE FREY/Landov)

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Making History - She is the winner of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival Award for Best Director, and is the first African-American to do so. Her movie Middle of Nowhere is what landed her the winning title. (Photo: EPA/GEORGE FREY /LANDOV)

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Critical Acclaim - Movie critic Roger Ebert championed DuVernay stating that "I Will Follow is one of the best films I've seen about coming to terms with the death of a loved one."  (Photo: Anna Webber/Getty Images for WIF)

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Based on a True Story - Her debut film, I Will Follow, is based on her relationship with her late aunt. She wrote, directed and funded the film herself.  (Photo: Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

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Low Budget, High Value - DuVernay made I Will Follow in 15 days and kept the production cost under $50,000 by keeping the location the same throughout the filming process. (Photo: Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)

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UCLA Grad - DuVernay is a UCLA Graduate with degrees in English and African-American studies. (Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for AFI)

California Love

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California Love - DuVernay grew up in Compton, California.(Photo: Anna Webber/Getty Images for WIF)

The Start of the Good Life

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The Start of the Good Life - Ava DuVernay made her feature directorial debut with the critically-acclaimed 2008 hip hop documentary This Is the Life. (Photo: ava duvernay/Facebook)

Before She Was Behind the Camera

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Before She Was Behind the Camera - Previously, DuVernay worked as a film marketer and publicist for more than 14 years, forming her own company, DVA Media + Marketing, in 1999. (Photo: ava duvernay/Facebook)

Shake It Up With Scandal - Recently, Ava DuVernay has directed episodes of Scandal which continues to make people more aware of her budding talent.Don't miss her tonight on Being Mary Jane at 9P/8C!(Photo: Valerie Macon/Getty Images)

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Solid Representation - DuVernay is represented by Paradigm.(Photo: Valerie Macon/Getty Images)