I thought I’d take this time to sit down with all of you and talk about one of my absolute favorite directors/writers/producers, Ava DuVernay. The reason being (aside from the fact that I think she’s one of the coolest human beings on the PLANET) there’s been a lot of exciting projects coming to light that she’s working on and currently finishing that I wanted to talk about. Not to mention, the woman was nominated for 8 Emmys for her documentary film 13th. EIGHT. EMMY. NOMINATIONS!!!
SHE’S SO COOL. I WANT TO BE AS COOL AS HER.
Anyways… along with the exciting Emmy news,
she also released the first set of photos from her adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time that she’s been working on with Disney. Ava is the first woman of color to direct a live-action film with a production budget over $100 million. The film stars Chris Pine, Reese Witherspoon, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mindy Kaling, Oprah Winfrey and Storm Reid. Just to name a few of the wonderful people involved. If you didn’t know already, this film is based off the story by Madeleine L’Engle, which most people read back in their elementary school days. Based on the photos we’ve seen so far; I think the stylization of the movie perfectly captures the feeling the book has. It IS a young adult book, it’s supposed to look a little cheesy. Plus, I believe Ava will do an amazing job telling the story. I don’t just say this because I think she’s a really cool human being, I believe it whole-heartedly based on her previous works. Selma was nominated for Oscars for a reason. It was a beautiful and heart wrenching story about Martin Luther King’s march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965 to secure equal voting for people of color. Her documentary 13th is another example of truly masterful storytelling. 13th is an in-depth look into the racial inequality that runs through the prison system in America. It’s heavy, but incredibly informative. The documentary did so well (I mean, obviously... Considering she got 8 Emmy nominations for it) that Netflix offered her another opportunity to write and direct a miniseries about the Central Park 5. A story about five men who were wrongly convicted of assaulting and raping a female jogger back in 1990.
SHE'S KILLIN' IT, PEOPLE.
If you have the opportunity to catch any of these pieces of work from this incredible woman, you’ll understand where my faith and excitement in A Wrinkle in Time comes from. Not to mention she also has a show on the Oprah Winfrey Network that she created called Queen Sugar. Give ‘em all a look. Then watch them again…because they’re just that great.
You can check out the exclusive first look photos from A Wrinkle in Time right here:
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