The Mogul for This Moment: Ava DuVernay Takes on the Central Park Five, Trump and Her Own Ambition

With her Netflix miniseries ‘When They See Us’ and a newly built downtown L.A. studio, the director is creating a modern Hollywood empire while tackling such complex issues as race, justice and that “rich, bloated, flamboyant guy” in the Oval Office: I’m not going to knock on any closed doors. I’m going to make my own door. Ava DuVernay is speed-walking through her offices at … Continue reading The Mogul for This Moment: Ava DuVernay Takes on the Central Park Five, Trump and Her Own Ambition

Filmmaker Ava DuVernay shares her favorite classic films

LOS ANGELES (AP) — To say filmmaker Ava DuVernay is a busy woman is an understatement, but when Turner Classic Movies called and asked her to curate the channel’s “The Essentials” series, she knew she had to make it work. Usually “The Essentials” is filmed across two or three days. But the only way it would fit in with DuVernay’s schedule — which included editing … Continue reading Filmmaker Ava DuVernay shares her favorite classic films

Ava DuVernay Sets Romance Anthology Series ‘Cherish the Day’ at OWN (EXCLUSIVE)

The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) has given out a straight-to-series order for a drama that hails from Ava DuVernay, Variety has learned exclusively. The series is titled “Cherish the Day.” Each season, the anthology series chronicles the romance of one couple, with each episode spanning a single day. The season-long narrative will unfold to reveal significant moments in a relationship that compel people to hold … Continue reading Ava DuVernay Sets Romance Anthology Series ‘Cherish the Day’ at OWN (EXCLUSIVE)

Ava DuVernay’s “Central Park Five” Netflix Limited Series Gets New Title, Premiere Date

The new title — ‘When They See Us’ — embraces “the humanity of the men and not their politicized moniker,” explains DuVernay. “Our series gives the five men a platform to finally raise their voices and tell their full stories.” Ava DuVernay and Netflix have renamed their limited series centered on the Central Park Five case to When They See Us. The new title “embraces … Continue reading Ava DuVernay’s “Central Park Five” Netflix Limited Series Gets New Title, Premiere Date

Felicity Huffman Among Trio Joining Ava DuVernay’s ‘Central Park Five’ Netflix Drama

Ava DuVernay is filling out the cast of her upcoming Netflix limited series Central Park Five. Felicity Huffman, Jharrel Jerome and Jovan Adepo have boarded the four-episode narrative series, which will chronicle the notorious case of five teenagers of color who were convicted of a rape they did not commit. They join the previously cast stars Michael K. Williams, Vera Farmiga and John Leguizamo. Central … Continue reading Felicity Huffman Among Trio Joining Ava DuVernay’s ‘Central Park Five’ Netflix Drama

A Wrinkle in Time | Hollywood’s Once and Future Classic

I remember reading this classic with my 8th grade students many years ago. I am so glad they are making it into a movie and that Ava DuVernay is at the helm. Can’t wait to see it! ~ Vida Wrinkle will make DuVernay the fourth woman to solo-direct a movie with a budget over $100 million and the first -African-American woman ever to do so. … Continue reading A Wrinkle in Time | Hollywood’s Once and Future Classic

Teen Raises Over $20K To Send 1000 Girls To See ‘A Wrinkle In Time’

A teenager raised more than US$20,000 to help 1,000 girls see ‘A Wrinkle in Time’, according to GoFundMe. In an interview on ‘Good Morning America’, Taylor Richardson, 14, explained, “I wanted all girls, especially girls of colour, to know they can be whatever they want to be when they grow up and also can struggle and have flaws and still be successful in life.” The campaign, … Continue reading Teen Raises Over $20K To Send 1000 Girls To See ‘A Wrinkle In Time’

Ava DuVernay’s 13TH

  Powerful, infuriating and at times overwhelming, Ava DuVernay’s documentary “13TH” will get your blood boiling and tear ducts leaking. It shakes you up, but it also challenges your ideas about the intersection of race, justice and mass incarceration in the United States, subject matter that could not sound less cinematic. Yet Ms. DuVernay — best known for “Selma,” and a filmmaker whose art has become … Continue reading Ava DuVernay’s 13TH