Entertainment publicist turned award winning director, Ava DuVernay, is not only a businesswoman, she IS the business when it comes to independent filmmaking. Don't believe me? Let your fingers do the Googling! Behind and in front of the camera, DuVernay has played an major role in getting films, especially black films, to audiences that want to see and support them.
"The biggest challenge as I see it for black filmmakers is developing an audience...."
In this great interview below listen to DuVernay now as a successful director share her insights on being the first African-American woman to earn the prestigious Best Director Award at Sundance, the relevance of film school, her thoughts on the Tyler Perry debate, and much more. If you're thinking of making your first film or working in this business of show, truly listen to what she has to say because it's a REAL example of how we live and work in Hollywood. Overnight successes really take several years.
Then AFTER YOU WATCH the video, head over to her Twitter and Facebook pages and fan/follower her. But don't stop there; don't just talk about it, be about it! Join AFFRM, the African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement, and support DuVernay's upcoming film AT THE THEATER, "Middle of Nowhere" in October, and her last one, "I Will Follow." Also, take notice of other great films mentioned on the AFFRM website that are being released. That should dispel the myth that their aren't many good indy black films being made much anymore.