Ava DuVernay (born 1972) is a writer, filmmaker, independent film distributor, and marketer living and working in Los Angeles, California. DuVernay is a graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles, and has been working in the film industry for over 14 years. Her early work includes three documentaries on the black community on such topics as including hip hop entertainment and black women Katrina hurricane survivors. Her documentaries have aired on BET and TV One. She is the founder of the DVA Media + Marketing publicity firm, which has providing marketing services for over 100 film and television projects by such directors as Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood, Kevin Smith and others. DuVernay is also the founder of the African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement, or AFFRM, which is a distribution company whose mission is to release and promote diverse films.

In addition to writing, producing, and directing documentaries, DuVernay has also created feature films. In 2012, DuVernay became the first African-American woman to win the Sundance Film Festival Best Director Prize for her second feature film, Middle of Nowhere. This year, DuVernay has partnered with Miu Miu to create a narrative fashion film, The Door, as part of their Women’s Tales advertising campaign. The film stars Gabrielle Union and Alfre Woodard.

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