Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Ava DuVernay

Friday, Sep. 30, 2016

The 54th New York Film Festival kicked off Friday under gray autumn skies, cloaked by an unusual degree of topicality.

Ava DuVernay's documentary on mass incarceration, "The 13th," opened the festival, the first documentary to ever mark the start of the Film Society of Lincoln Center's...

Friday, Sep. 2, 2016

The new family drama "Queen Sugar" follows three estranged siblings in a rural Louisiana town as they struggle to make sense of their lives while preserving a family legacy: a failing sugar-cane farm.

Nova (Rutina Wesley, "True Blood") is a fiery journalist and activist. Charley (Dawn-...

Thursday, Sep. 1, 2016

Ava DuVernay's documentary "The 13th," on mass incarceration and its deep, historical roots in America, has been welling up in her a long time.

The film, which DuVernay secretly worked on the last few years, is her third major work to deal with the subject. Her second feature, "Middle of...

Monday, Feb. 16, 2015

Three black women released movies in 2014, more than ever before in a single year. And one of them is a contender for the motion picture academy's top prize.

But that's just three films in one year — out of the 373 that came out in theaters.


Monday, Jan. 19, 2015

In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the filmmakers and cast of the Best Picture Oscar-nominated Selma joined the residents of Selma, Alabama in a commemorative march yesterday to...

Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015

Ava DuVernay doesn't like historical dramas — especially those of the civil rights variety. Their conventions, their sentimentality, their lack of texture or edginess, and their insistence on either hero worship or takedown just aren't her style.


Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014

Ava DuVernay hasn't had time to consider how she's made history.

With her nomination Thursday for "Selma," the 42-year-old became the first black woman on the short list for a Golden Globe director's prize.

"I just turned in the film four...