Ava DuVernay, the great leader

Lainey Posted by Lainey at March 23, 2017 15:14:26 March 23, 2017 15:14:26

Ava DuVernay has been working on A Wrinkle In Time. The film’s budget is at least $100 million making her the first black woman to direct a movie of that size. She posted on Instagram the other day that principle photography is now complete and now they’re in post:

 

Moving out of my trailer on set and into the edit bay. The next phase of WRINKLE IN TIME is about to begin! 🙌🏾

A post shared by Ava DuVernay (@directher) on


A Wrinkle In Time will be out April 2018. But it’s not her only project. Ava is also working on season 2 of Queen Sugar. Every episode of the first season of Queen Sugar was directed by women. Earlier this week Ava announced the directors of the first three episodes of the next season:


Two of those three women, Cheryl Dunye and Aurora Guerrero are queer women of colour. Ava has been one of the leading voices for change and diversity in entertainment. She’s an advocate who leads by example. Which is one of the reasons why she was just named to Fortune’s annual list of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders, coming in at #6. I don’t agree with some of the other names that show up but Ava’s inclusion is a F-CK YEAH.

You know what I appreciate about Ava’s leadership? That she makes it look easy. Which isn’t to take away from how hard she works. But when I say “easy”, I mean that when she’s actively opening doors for other people, when she makes it a priority to find opportunities for new voices, new talent, it’s not a struggle – because those people have put in the hard work, they are there, they have been available. But they have also been ignored.

Back in November, Sarah posted about Kathleen Kennedy, the head of LucasFilm, who, when asked about hiring a female director for the Star Wars movies, gave a weak explanation about why that’s yet to happen – something about wanting to set up female directors for success and waiting when the time is right. Essentially she made it seem hard.

And here comes Ava all like, oh hi, I just did an entire season of a TV show with female directors and three more are coming on board and I’m not going to pretend like it took herculean effort on my part because that would give you the idea that it’s an undertaking, an enormous undertaking. And enormous undertakings take time, don’t they? And time… well… time can be an excuse, can’t it? An excuse not to do it now. Not for Ava DuVernay.
 

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