ava duvernay

ava duvernay


jan 2015 on democracy now (video):

Selma Director Ava DuVernay on Hollywood’s Lack of Diversity, Oscar Snub and #OscarsSoWhite Hashtag


love that Ava says – if the nomination gets me sitting here with you… to Amy

the problem is – systemic – .. it’s not about Selma… Selma shouldn’t have been the only hope for places of color

not self-deprecating.. rather standing in the shadows of giants… i just can’t get worked up about the other…

the film … not called King… it’s called Selma… we didn’t show King in isolation.. he was always trying to focus on those around him…

black business leaders giving 27000 plus free tickets to see Selma to 7-9 graders, then extended to 27 other cities.. (?)

go forward.. work w/o permission.. eradicate that permission asking piece..

who are we asking for permission to do what we need/want to do.. that should be eradicated…


selma trailer:

 Martin Luther King


interview with Ava:


David Oyelowo has said that he doesn’t love that MLK has become a day, and that he was proud that the film made him back into a man. 
Beautiful. We’ve said this quite a bit: He’s a holiday, he’s a stamp, he’s a street name in black neighborhoods, he’s an elementary school in some parts of the city, he’s a catch phrase: “I have a dream.” He’s been reduced to four words. People don’t even know his regular speaking voice, they only know his speech voice. They don’t know what he sounded like in normal conversations, or that he had four kids, or that he died at age 39, or that he had no intention of being an activist in this way. He was a regular preacher from Atlanta who got swept up in this movement when he moved to Alabama. So yeah, David said it exactly right. And that was our goal every single minute of every single day, with every single frame, every single line in the script: To try to portray him as an ordinary man who did great things. It was about adorning him with all of the beauty of that movement and not letting it just sit with him, which is another disservice to his legacy, and something that he would’ve hated.


Isn’t the negative side of social media unavoidable?
Twitter has this great thing called “blocking,” and I use it very often [laughs]. I don’t let that stuff get into my bloodstream. There are nasty, nasty things on there, but gosh, there are 100 times more bits of beauty, 100 times more bits of information, 100 times more bits of illumination. The random idiot doesn’t deter me from being able to get on and treat it as a news feed, or treat it as a conversation, or treat it as a platform to get my voice heard.


The question is, “Are you challenging them within yourselves?” That’s our job at every turn. It’s hard. It’s a constant struggle, but I see a lot of people doing it; I certainly try to do it. Sometimes we fail, and we do better the next time.

the need for a groundhog daynew dayeveryone getting a fresh go.. everydayequity...


find/follow Ava:

link twitter




wikipedia small





Ava Marie DuVernay (born August 24, 1972) is an American filmmaker, marketer and film distributor. At the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, DuVernay won the Best Director Prize for her second feature film Middle of Nowhere,[3][4][5][6] becoming the first African-American woman to win the award. For her work inSelma, DuVernay is the first black female director to be nominated for a Golden Globe Award.[9][10] WithSelma, she is also the first black female director to have a film nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture.[11]


protest ness – voting ness – as everyday convo..



he 13th, @AVAETC ‘s new documentary on race and mass incarceration, is now on Netflix. Watch it. nytimes.com/2016/09/30/mov…

20 min interview..



13th amendment.. no one can be a slave.. except for punishment of a crime.. clause used ..up till now..

those things we said we couldn’t do.. we are.. hoping the 13th can raise some awareness around it

if more forward people knew about this.. ie: corps write laws to serve their terms.. law not made by lawmaker/politician.. but handed by corp lawyer.. saying .. this works fo rus.. a real thing.. affecting real lives..

centuries old.. decades long system of oppression.. we need to unpack

it’s about getting the story out.. you can find a way to do that w/o permission

bringing folks that are not black into the experience of that oppression..

incarceration.. et al


20 min interview w Courtney Martin– on getting all the voices to the table


don’t get tired.. w/o you i’m invisible

you vote w your dollars

lovely.. but we can do better today.. we need a mech to listen to all the voices.. everyday..  as it could be

look into howard thurman



when they see us