Ava DuVernay Selected to Receive the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize

With the honor, DuVernay becomes the fourth filmmaker and first female director to receive the Gish honor, which comes with a $250,000 cash prize. Ava DuVernay has been selected to receive the 27th annual Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize in honor of her ongoing efforts to amplify the voices of women and people of color through her film and TV work. DuVernay becomes the fourth … Continue reading Ava DuVernay Selected to Receive the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize

Ta-Nehisi Coates Guest Edits ‘Vanity Fair’ September Issue

WOW. Fantastic!! ~ V New York (CNN Business) – Award-winning author and writer Ta-Nehisi Coates will guest edit the September issue of Vanity Fair, the magazine’s editor-in-chief Radhika Jones told CNN Business in an exclusive interview. The issue will focus on art, activism and power in 21st century America. Jones said she and Coates had been talking about the opportunity for a while. Vanity Fair … Continue reading Ta-Nehisi Coates Guest Edits ‘Vanity Fair’ September Issue

Ava DuVernay Among Six Elected to Film Academy Board for First Time

This election cycle propelled the 54-person board to new records for women (26) and people of color (12). Ava DuVernay has been elected to represent the directors branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on its board of governors, part of a historic wave that establishes new records for women (26) and people of color (12) on the 54-person board (up from … Continue reading Ava DuVernay Among Six Elected to Film Academy Board for First Time

How Ava DuVernay Made When They See Us, the Year’s Best Miniseries

Ava DuVernay’s miniseries When They See Us, about the wrongful imprisonment of five teenagers accused of assaulting a jogger in Central Park, is up for multiple Emmy awards this Sunday, including miniseries, direction, writing, actor, and (twice!) best actress. After choosing it as the best miniseries on TV earlier this year, we asked DuVernay to talk to us about the direction, writing, and overall conception … Continue reading How Ava DuVernay Made When They See Us, the Year’s Best Miniseries

Netflix Says ‘When They See Us’ Has Been Most-Watched Show in U.S. Since Premiere

Congrats to her and the crew! This is fabulous. ~ Vida “When They See Us,” Ava DuVernay’s dramatization of the wrongful arrest and conviction of five black teenagers in New York City after the rape of a Central Park jogger 20 years ago, has been the most-viewed series on Netflix for the past 13 days. “‘When They See Us’ has been the most-watched series on … Continue reading Netflix Says ‘When They See Us’ Has Been Most-Watched Show in U.S. Since Premiere

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