Birthday: August 24
Academy Award nominee and winner of Emmy, BAFTA and Peabody Awards, Ava DuVernay is a writer, director, producer and film distributor. Her directorial work includes the Oscar-winning historical drama “Selma,” the Oscar-nominated criminal justice documentary “13th” and Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time,” for which she became the highest-grossing black woman filmmaker in American cinema history.
Currently, DuVernay is in production on her next project, a miniseries based on the infamous case known as the Central Park Five, while overseeing production of her hit television series “Queen Sugar.”
Winner of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival’s Best Director Prize for her micro-budget film “Middle of Nowhere,” DuVernay amplifies the work of people of color and women of all kinds through her independent film collective ARRAY, which was named one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies. In 2017 she was featured as one of Fortune’s 50 Greatest Culture Leaders and TIME’s 100 Most Influential People. She sits on the boards of Sundance Institute and film Independent.
Born and raised in Southern California, DuVernay is based in Los Angeles. Her birthday is August 24. She can be followed on both Twitter and Instagram @ava.