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Infographic: Women Directors Need More Support

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There are so many articles lately about how difficult it is for women to get ahead in Hollywood. The subject invariably turns to directing. Why can’t women get ahead? Why can’t they get jobs? Why, in 86 years of Oscar history, have there only been three women nominated for director whose film were also nominated for Best Picture? There have been a total of eleven films directed by women to…

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Ava DuVernay Directing Selma

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Picture of the Day: Ava DuVernay on the Set of Selma

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Selma has an upcoming release date of Christmas Day.  Ava DuVernay is updating her Facebook page with news.

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Ava DuVernay will direct MLK Biopic

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The best way to report this news is to swipe Jeff Wells’ paragraph about the dueling biopics, since he sums it up nicely.  There will be two on Martin Luther King, Jr., but one directed by the talented Ms. DuVernay: Deadline‘s Michael Fleming is reporting that Middle of Nowhere director-writer Ava DuVernay (congrats, Ana!) has been signed by Pathe UK, Brad Pitt’s Plan B and producer Christian Colson to direct Selma, a feature drama about Martin Luther King‘s historic voting-rights campaign. The effort…

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Picture of the Day: When Ava DuVernay Met Roger Ebert

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As a kid, Ava DuVernay had her picture taken with Roger Ebert. Years later, when her film I Will Follow came out, and Ebert reviewed it, she sent him this photo. The story here.

Female Trouble: Why Powerful Women Threaten Hollywood

Female Trouble: Why Powerful Women Threaten Hollywood

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As soon as it became clear that Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty was a genuine threat in the Best Picture race you could smell the fear.  The powers that be could see the film was far more than just okay; Bigelow was about to blow the boys club out of the water, once again. Her movie had to be taken down a notch or two, but how? Since they could…

Athena Film Festival honors Ava DuVernay, Gale Anne Hurd, Molly Haskell

Athena Film Festival honors Ava DuVernay, Gale Anne Hurd, Molly Haskell

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Gale Anne Hurd will receive the Laura Ziskin Lifetime Achievement Award The Third Annual Athena Film Festival: A Celebration of Women and Leadership. Additional awardees will include Ava DuVernay, Molly Haskell, Rose Kuo, and Pat Mitchell. New York, NY – Barnard College’s Athena Center for Leadership Studies, along with Women and Hollywood, announce that the third annual Athena Film Festival, A Celebration of Women and Leadership, will take place February…

Middle of Nowhere Surprises with 4 Spirit Award Nominations

Middle of Nowhere Surprises with 4 Spirit Award Nominations

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Two movies lead the Spirit Award nominations, Silver Linings Playbook and Moonrise Kingdom, both with five. But heading into the race with 4 is Ava DuVernay’s Middle of Nowhere, the REAL little movie that could, funded by DuVernay herself.  Middle of Nowhere earned acting nominations for three of its stars - Emayatzy Corinealdi, David Oyelowo and Lorraine Toussant.  DuVernay is nominated for the Cassavettes award, and I know he would approve.  Missing,…

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Hollywood, the Oscars and Race

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It really isn’t fair that every film involving any ethnic group besides white people is controversial at the outset. Even before the film is seen it’s controversial — just for including Black or Asian or Hispanic characters, or independent strong-willed women, it’s controversial. Our need to redefine identity through American film is vital to progress — but it can also choke the life out of artistic expression, particularly when the…

Ava DuVernay on Fresh Air – Art Houses More Resistant than the Multiplex

Ava DuVernay on Fresh Air – Art Houses More Resistant than the Multiplex

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If you want to change the world you have to have to strong shoulders. It would never be enough for Ava DuVernay to have made Middle of Nowhere, a film she funded by herself (for around $200,000). She also had to work with her distribution company to get that film into theaters.  That proved more difficult than she thought it would.  Turns out, the art house crowd is resistant to…