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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


Thoughtful sister Ana DuVernay talks ‘Selma’ and civil rights on Democracy Now

Democracy Now featured an interesting discussion with Ana DuVernay yesterday, talking about her most recent film, Selma, and the broader significance of the film given this nation's current undoing of key civil rights-related legal protections that were the hallmark of the civil rights movement.

DuVernay offers a number of interesting insights about the current state of civil rights and race relations in this country, as well as the key influences that made this film project possible. She covers the process of making the film, the non-controversy about her depiction of LBJ and the continuing struggle for justice for the millions of Black women, men and children throughout this country. Watch the four key segments of the discussion just below.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 -- Today we spend the hour with Ava DuVernay, the director of the acclaimed new civil rights film "Selma," which tells the story of the campaign led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to draw the nation’s attention to the struggle for equal voting rights by marching from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in March of 1965.

Selma Director Ava DuVernay on Hollywood’s Lack of Diversity,
Oscar Snub and #OscarsSoWhite Hashtag


"The Power of the People": Selma Director Ava DuVernay on
Fight for Civil Rights, Voting Equality


"Selma" Director Defends Film’s Portrayal of
LBJ-MLK Dispute on Voting Rights Legislation


"One Person Can Make a Difference": Ava DuVernay
Remembers Film Critic Roger Ebert’s Early Support


Glory – The ‘Selma’ tribute song with Common and John Legend

'Glory', the tribute song by Common and John Legend, featured in the new movie, Selma.

On the song, Common reflects...

I really was thinking about encouraging people that we've come a long way, but we've still got some fighting to do, and we are capable. We've got to carry this torch and take it to the next level.