As some of you may know, the film A Wrinkle In Time is scheduled to be released March 9th. What some of you may not know is the woman behind the film, Ava DuVernay. Ava is notably known for directing the Academy nominated film, Selma, as well as the Academy, nominated documentary, 13th.
She is the first African American woman to win an award at the Sundance Film Festival as well as the first African American woman to be nominated for a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award.
With A Wrinkle In Time, she has also become the first black woman to direct a live-action film with a budget exceeding $100 million.
With all of these "firsts", there's no doubt that she is an incredibly talented director. However, directing film wasn't her first interest.
Her first interest was journalism, which was influenced by a CBS News internship, where she was assigned to help cover the O.J. Simpson murder trial. Eventually becoming discouraged with journalism, she moved onto public relations.
She worked with many public relations firms before she ended up deciding on opening her own public relation firm, The DuVernay Agency. Her firm offers marketing and public relations services in the entertainment and lifestyle industry. With her firm, she has worked with multiple movies and television shows.
After her firm, she launched an Urban Beauty Collective, an African-American blog hub - Urban Thought Collective, Urban Eye, as well as HelloBeautiful.
Through all of these launches, she has contributed to the success of other people of color, especially women of color.
In mid-2000's, DuVernay decided to work on her first film. This first short film being, A Saturday Life based on her mother's personal experiences being a single mother.
She then moved onto documentaries due to their smaller budget which led to her first narrative feature film in 2011, I Will Follow.
In 2015, Ava was in consideration for directing and co-writing Black Panther where she decided not to join on the project. However, this allowed her to focus on her recent film release, Selma as well as a documentary that was released the following year, 13th.
That following year was also when she was offered to direct A Wrinkle In Time.
Ava DuVernay has managed to accomplish so much in her relatively short film directing career and I'm excited for what she continues to work on and accomplish. She is changing the directing narrative for all women of color.