Ava DuVernay is the award-winning filmmaker behind the movies “Selma,” and “A Wrinkle in Time,” the documentary “13TH,” TV series “Queen Sugar” and the mini-series “When They See Us.” Through her narrative change collective ARRAY, DuVernay amplifies the work of people of color and women from all backgrounds. On Thursday, Feb. 18 at 12:00pm ET, DuVernay joins national arts reporter Geoff Edgers on Washington Post Live to discuss ARRAY’s latest initiatives around racial equality and her trailblazing career.

Highlights

Ava DuVernay’s narrative change collective ARRAY recently launched ARRAY Crew, a new personnel database that amplifies “women, people of color and other underrepresented film and television professionals.” (Washington Post Live)
Ava DuVernay shares how Cierra Glaude went from bring her former production assistant Cierra Glaude to the director's chair for three episodes of “Queen Sugar.” “This is what happens when you give people opportunity.” (Washington Post Live)
Ava DuVernay says in order to turn protests over racial injustice into sustained action “we have to get past the moment of talking about it, and we have to be about it." (Washington Post Live)

Ava DuVernay

Academy Award nominee and Emmy, BAFTA and Peabody Award winner Ava DuVernay is a writer, director, producer and film distributor. Her feature directorial work includes the Oscar-winning civil rights drama Selma, the Oscar-nominated social justice documentary 13th and the Disney children’s adventure A Wrinkle in Time, which made her the highest-grossing Black woman director in American box office history. In 2019, she created, wrote, produced and directed the Emmy Award-winning limited series When They See Us. She is currently in production on Colin In Black and White for Netflix and Home Sweet Home for NBC, and in post-production on Queen Sugar for OWN and DC Comic event series DMZ for HBO Max. Winner of the 2012 Sundance Best Director Prize for her independent film Middle Of Nowhere, DuVernay amplifies the work of Black artists, people of color and women of all kinds through her narrative change collective ARRAY, named one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies. She currently sits on the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Advisory Board of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the Board of the American Film Institute.