Screen Shot 2016-08-04 at 12.44.53 PMAva DuVernay continues to elevate her Hollywood status, becoming the first black woman to direct a film with a $100 million budget, as she sets out to helm Disney’s A Wrinkle In Time. DuVernay first became recognized in the film industry through her visually-captivating independent films, I Will Follow and Middle Of Nowhere. 

Women Of Hollywood reported the budget for those films averaged $125,000 while her Oscar-nominated Martin Luther King Jr. biopic Selma cost $20 million.

“Now DuVernay has crossed the $100 million mark — and only five years following the release of her first indie feature,” Women of Hollywood wrote. “She’s done that on authenticity and talent. This is a normal path for male directors, but one rarely accessible to women.”

As we reported earlier this week, Ava’s new television series Queen Sugar has already been renewed by OWN for a second season.

Congratulations Ava!

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