Director/Writer Ava DuVernay Will Become First Black Woman to Direct a Film with a Budget over $100 million

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Ava DuVernay has been in the spotlight ever since she directed Selma, the 2014 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Civil Rights Movement biopic, which got her nominated for a Golden Globe and an Academy Award. The budget for Selma was only $20 million.

She is now set to direct the live-action adaptation of A Wrinkle In Time which will be a Disney production. Oprah Winfrey will also have a starring role in the movie. This film will make DuVernay the first black woman to direct a $100 million motion picture.

Why is this a win? Well, as we all know, Hollywood doesn’t necessarily cater to women or to people of color as often as it should. The film industry has undergone some progression over the years, however, the fact that we are in 2016 and just now witnessing the first black woman get the opportunity to direct a $100 million film is a clear indication that we still have a long way to go.

DuVernay is paving the way and opening the doors for those who may not have had access to these type of opportunities before. Let this be an example to those with dreams of breaking barriers and glass ceilings in order to see their dreams manifest.

written by Chandra Meadows for POP ATL 

Congratulations Ava DuVernay!