Reclaiming Our Way promoting the well-being of African American children & families

9Nov/150

Ava DuVernay’s Full Conversation With Q-Tip From Tribeca Film Festival

A great conversation for artists, and especially aspiring filmmakers. What I appreciate about listening to Ava DuVernay is the ease and clarity with which she speaks about a craft she is continuing to master. Listening to this discussion, as well as others I have observed, it's evident that DuVernay has given a great deal of serious consideration to questions about why she does her work, and for whom she does her work. She sits within a tradition of African American excellence, an exemplar all of our children can learn from (not to mention adults).

Among the themes in this discussion...

  • #StayShooting
  • Creative vision
  • Filming film versus television projects
  • Finding liberation in every film medium
  • Authentic stories
  • Beauty in cinematography
  • Capturing the range of African American skin tone on film
  • Freddie Gray, Michael Brown, Oscar Grant
  • Black Lives Matter
  • We must tell our stories
  • If you want to see it, watch it and/or make it
  • If you don't want to see it, don't watch it
  • History lives with us today
  • Black brilliance lives within Black complexity
  • Being in love with what you do
  • Magnifying the magnificence of Black people