Holy Tesseracts! Ava DuVernay Will Direct "A Wrinkle in Time" Film

Disney is producing the film based on the beloved science-fantasy series, which centers on protagonist Meg Murry. 

Praise for "Losing Ground" and Black Female Film Pioneers Is Long Overdue

Early Black female filmmakers made movies that resisted the very foundations of American cinema.  Read more »

Ava DuVernay at SXSW: "King Was a Badass Who’s Been Homogenized."

“Serving the story” can be an empty Hollywood cliché, but Selma director Ava DuVernay brought the concept alive with passion and insight in her SXSW Film keynote speech. Read more »

Serena and Venus Williams' Powerful Protest Against Racist Tennis Culture

The past year saw numerous displays of political protest at in professional athletics.  Read more »

It's No Surprise That the Oscars Snubbed "Selma"

Oh hello, best director nominees.  The snubbing of director Ava DuVernay’s historical dramaSelma, at the Golden Globes and at the Oscars is troubling—especially to... Read more »

Listen to the Song That Ties Together "Selma"

I just watched Selma last night and loved it. The film opens nationwide this weekend and one of the best moments is at the very end, when the song Glory kicks in right as the credits start rolling.  Read more »

"Selma" is Now

“Selma” is one of the most effective, well-crafted historical biopics that I’ve ever seen because it goes off the traditional narrative about the Civil Rights Movement, giving us a moment in history that feels immediately familiar to the moment we are currently living in. Read more »

A Personal Reminder that Women Have What it Takes to Make Film.

“I rarely meet people who tell me what they’re doing.” -Ava DuVernay When I was 13 years old, I received an award from my eighth grade teacher, in which she predicted my future career as a “comedy screenwriter.” At that time, I had no idea what a screenwriter was. I, of... Read more »

Written Off: Why aren't black female screenwriters getting their due?

Illustration by Amanda Lanzone. At the 2012 Sundance Awards, writer-director Ava DuVernay won the prestigious Directing Award for Middle of Nowhere, a feature film about Ruby, a quietly bold nurse who, after her husband is incarcerated, undergoes a personal transformation that forces her to make... Read more »

See it Now: Middle of Nowhere explores the limits of loyalty and loneliness

The tenderness of black women growing in self-love and self-possession is rare in modern cinema. If we are young, we are exploited (see: Precious) if we are grown and in love, black female characters are consumed with body-racking pain (see: For Colored Girls, Monster’s... Read more »