After creating award-winning independent films and starting a distribution company to get more Black films into theaters, Ava DuVernay has become a Hollywood darling.
While she’s always been dope, the powers that be seemed to have finally recognized DuVernay’s storytelling skills when Selma, her biopic about Dr. Martin Luther King, wowed moviegoers and critics alike.
DuVernay could have easily towed the line and enjoyed the spotlight, but instead, she’s continued to speak about the lack of diversity in Hollywood and the need for more stories from people of color.
“There’s a generation of filmmakers of color and women whose primary concern is that no one will see their work,” DuVernay said of the relaunch of ARRAY, her distribution company. “And that is a huge barrier. They’re asking, ‘Why make something if no one will see it?”
This month, DuVernay takes her message to Elle magazine, where she covers one of eight commemorative covers for the glossy’s annual “Women In Hollywood” issue.
In the interview, DuVernay talks about her upcoming series, Queen Sugar, on OWN, the film she’s writing starring her good friend David Oyelowo, and about a billion other projects she’s juggling.
While the issue has yet to hit newsstands, DuVernay tweeted she’s representing for sisters on Elle.
Representing for the women behind the scenes. And the sisters. And the naturalistas. And Compton. xo https://t.co/VG9GzMgH8Z
— Ava DuVernay (@AVAETC) October 14, 2015
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