Ignore the glass ceiling and do your work. If you’re focusing on what you don’t have, focusing on the limitations, then you will be limited.
– Ava DuVernay
If you pay attention to the film world, even slightly, the name Ava DuVernay should call to mind a number of recent productions. The film world is buzzing with talk about her most recent television show, co-produced with Oprah Winfrey, Queen Sugar on the OWN Network. Premiering over two nights (September 6th and 7th) the show is a landmark for women as they continue to break into a world dominated by men.
Ava DuVernay is a pioneer in Hollywood when it comes to leading the charge for equality. She will be the first African American woman to direct a feature film with a budget of over 100 million dollars. She will still only be the third woman ever to direct a feature with a budget of that magnitude. The first was Kathryn Bigelow for her 2002 film K-19: The Widowmaker and the other is Patty Jenkins for “Wonder Women” slated for release next year.
Making the climb from her first indie film, I Will Follow five years ago with a budget of only $50,000, DuVernay has crossed into blockbuster territory with A Wrinkle in Time. This path is how men usually get to the top. It is a road not easily accessible to women.
If that isn’t enough to explain why you should pay attention to whatever it is she does next… then you need to meet the Barbie version of Ava DuVernay. She comes complete with her own director’s chair.
(Side Note: If that’s the reason you actually begin to care then I suggest you try and find the Barbie version of Tim Burton. If you can’t then you should never view one of his films again.)
This fabulous woman is not letting glass ceilings halt whatever project it is she’s looking to do next. She is an inspiration to all women who are looking to push past all the red tape.
Stop waiting for permission. – Ava DuVernay
Among the many other projects DuVernay has undergone in the past few years, from her success with Selma and now Queen Sugar, she will be opening at the New York Film Festival with her latest Documentary The 13th. It will be the first ever Documentary to open the festival in its 54th year. Shortly after the debut on September 30th, the doc will be having a theatrical release and be available for streaming on Netflix on October 7th.
Doing what she does best, which is making stunning films; DuVernay doesn’t stop to ask if what she is doing is okay. She does what she wants. Her persistence and perseverance have led her straight to the top turning her into a household name.
Sometimes the only person stopping us is ourselves thinking we are not worth taking the next step…
Be passionate and move forward with gusto every single hour of every single day until you reach your goal.
– Ava DuVernay