Ava DuVernay

Ava DuVernay

Active - 2009 - 2023  |   Born - Aug 24, 1972 in Long Beach, California, United States  |   Genres - Drama, Family & Personal Relationships, Historical Film

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  • Worked as a marketer and publicist for 14 years, prior to becoming a filmmaker.
  • Made her directorial debut with the 2008 hip hop documentary, This Is the Life.
  • Is the founder of ARRAY, a distribution collective dedicated to the promotion of films by people of color and women filmmakers.
  • Was the first black female director to be nominated for a Golden Globe Award for her work in Selma.
  • In 2015, Mattel created a Barbie Doll in her likeness, which sold out in 16 minutes.