Ava DuVernay

Ava DuVernay
Ava DuVernay in 2015
DuVernay in 2015
Born
Ava Marie DuVernay

(1972-08-24) August 24, 1972 (age 46)
NationalityAmerican
Alma materUniversity of California, Los Angeles
OccupationFilmmaker
Notable work

Ava Marie DuVernay (/; born August 24, 1972) is an American film director, producer, screenwriter, film marketer, and film distributor. DuVernay won the directing award in the U.S. dramatic competition at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival for her second feature film Middle of Nowhere,[1] becoming the first black woman to win the award.[2] For her work on Selma (2014), DuVernay was the first black female director to be nominated for a Golden Globe Award.[3][4] 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 2018 fantasy film A Wrinkle in Time, had a production and marketing budget between $150 million and $250 million, making her the first black-American woman to direct a live-action film with a budget of that size.[5] That film also made her the first black-American woman to direct a film that earned at least $100 million domestically, though the movie failed to turn a profit.[5][6]

Early life and education

DuVernay was born in Long Beach, California. She was raised by her mother, Darlene, an educator, and her father, Murray Maye.[7] She grew up in Lynwood, California, which is near Compton.[8]

During her summer vacations, she would travel to the childhood home of her father, which was not far from Selma, Alabama.[9] DuVernay said that these summers influenced the making of Selma, as her father saw the 1965 Selma to Montgomery marches as a small child.[10]

In 1990, DuVernay graduated from Saint Joseph High School in Lakewood.[11] At the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), she was a double BA major in English literature and African-American studies.[7][12][13][14]

Other Languages
العربية: إيفا ديفورني
asturianu: Ava DuVernay
تۆرکجه: ایوا دوورنی
Deutsch: Ava DuVernay
español: Ava DuVernay
français: Ava DuVernay
galego: Ava DuVernay
Bahasa Indonesia: Ava DuVernay
italiano: Ava DuVernay
മലയാളം: എവ ഡുവേണേ
Nederlands: Ava DuVernay
português: Ava DuVernay
русский: Дюверней, Ава
svenska: Ava DuVernay
Tiếng Việt: Ava DuVernay