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This Black History Month fact is in honor of Ava DuVernay who is a ground breaking writer, director, producer and film distributor. DuVernay was born in 1972 and grew up near Compton,CA. Before she took a leap of faith and started creating her own content she worked for years as a publicist on many film/TV projects. Her love of films and wanting to put out works that she believed in led her to shooting her first indie film "I Will Follow".When DuVernay ran into issues of finding a distributor for her next film she created her own distribution network African American Film Distribution Releasing Network (AFFRM) In 2012 she won the directing award at the Sundance film festival becoming the first black woman to do so. DuVernay's first didn't stop there because when her breakout film "Selma" was released she became the first black female director to be nominated for best director at the Oscars and Golden Globes. Fast forward to 2018 when she made history yet again with the film " A Wrinkle In Time"the production and marketing budget for the film was between $150 million and $250 million, making her the first black-American woman to direct a live-action film with a budget of that size.
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