Essence picked a winner when they chose to feature Ava DuVernay on the cover of the magazine for March 2017, just in time for Women’s History Month.
The critically-acclaimed director (or “directher” as her Instagram name reminds us) is a shining example of what women, more specifically women of color, can accomplish if they strive make their passion their work. In her cover story interview, DuVernay dishes on a wide range of topics like “her Oscar-nominated documentary 13th to diversity and Array, her independent distribution company that spotlights little-known films from women and people of color,” according to Essence.
She also talked about her approach to directing and what makes her unique when compared with others in her field.
“I don’t have to approach film like a man would, or like anybody else I read about, because it’s personal…so there’s no right way or wrong way,” she told the magazine, according to TheYBF. “Directors talk about their process but that doesn’t have to be my process. My process is where the sets feel very familial, where I like to know my cast personally and where I value who people are more than their names…[It’s important to] imbue the sets and the experience with a sense of myself, a sense of warmth, a sense of family, not shying away from the things…that make me a Black woman, and just embracing those things and letting that come out in the material itself…”
Ava’s upcoming projects include A Wrinkle in Time (which made her the first woman of color to ever direct a live-action film with a $100+ million budget), the second season of her hit OWN series Queen Sugar and TV movie Battle of Versailles.
Keep an eye out for Ava’s issue of Essence, which hits newsstands February 17.
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