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Academy Award-Nominated Director & Producer Known for "Selma," "13th" & "When They See Us"

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 Ava DuVernay Biography

Ava DuVernay is a writer, producer, director and distributor of independent film.

Winner of the Emmy, BAFTA and Peabody Awards, Academy award nominee DuVernay's directorial work includes the historical drama Selma, the criminal justice documentary 13th and Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time, which made her the highest grossing black woman director in American box office history.

DuVernay previously wrote, produced and directed the dramatic feature, Middle of Nowhere, which earned her the 2012 Sundance Film Festival Best Director Award. In 2010, she wrote, financed, produced and directed her first narrative feature, I Will Follow. The family drama was hailed by critic Roger Ebert as "one of the best films I've seen about the loss of a loved one."

DuVernay made her directorial debut with the critically-acclaimed 2008 hip hop documentary, This is the Life and has directed several network documentaries, including Venus Vs. for ESPN. She has directed significant short form work including August 28: The Day in the Life of A People commissioned by The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture as well as acclaimed fashion and beauty films for Fashion Fair and Prada.

Prior to filmmaking, DuVernay worked as a marketer and publicist for 14 years. Her award-winning firm provided strategy and execution for more than 120 film and television campaigns for acclaimed directors such as Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood, Michael Mann and Bill Condon.

‎In 2017, DuVernay was named one of Fortune Magazine's 50 Greatest World Leaders.‎ A graduate of UCLA, DuVernay is the founder of Array, a grassroots distribution and advocacy collective dedicated to the amplification of films by people of color and women which was named one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies.

DuVernay is also the founder of AFFRM, the African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement. She is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, as well as the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. She is also a board member for both Film Independent and the Sundance Institute.

In 2019, fashion label Prada announced DuVernay, alongside activist Theaster Gates, will be co-chair of the Prada Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council.

Also in 2019, DuVernay created, directed and co-wrote the Netflix miniseries, "When They See Us," chronicling the stories of the five falsely accused teenagers in the infamous 1989 Central Park jogger case. The film is critically acclaimed and has shone a light on the human aspects of the case, and experiences of being a person of color in America.

In 2020, DuVernay was invited to join other black leaders, including Oprah Winfrey and Nikole Hannah-Jones to join a panel on George Floyd's death. The two-night special, “OWN Spotlight: Where Do We Go From Here?” aired on all 19 U.S. Discovery cable channels.

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Ava DuVernay

Academy Award-Nominated Director & Producer Known for "Selma," "13th" & "When They See Us"

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Live Event: $200,000 and above  
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Ava DuVernay Biography

Ava DuVernay is a writer, producer, director and distributor of independent film.

Winner of the Emmy, BAFTA and Peabody Awards, Academy award nominee DuVernay's directorial work includes the historical drama Selma, the criminal justice documentary 13th and Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time, which made her the highest grossing black woman director in American box office history.

DuVernay previously wrote, produced and directed the dramatic feature, Middle of Nowhere, which earned her the 2012 Sundance Film Festival Best Director Award. In 2010, she wrote, financed, produced and directed her first narrative feature, I Will Follow. The family drama was hailed by critic Roger Ebert as "one of the best films I've seen about the loss of a loved one."

DuVernay made her directorial debut with the critically-acclaimed 2008 hip hop documentary, This is the Life and has directed several network documentaries, including Venus Vs. for ESPN. She has directed significant short form work including August 28: The Day in the Life of A People commissioned by The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture as well as acclaimed fashion and beauty films for Fashion Fair and Prada.

Prior to filmmaking, DuVernay worked as a marketer and publicist for 14 years. Her award-winning firm provided strategy and execution for more than 120 film and television campaigns for acclaimed directors such as Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood, Michael Mann and Bill Condon.

‎In 2017, DuVernay was named one of Fortune Magazine's 50 Greatest World Leaders.‎ A graduate of UCLA, DuVernay is the founder of Array, a grassroots distribution and advocacy collective dedicated to the amplification of films by people of color and women which was named one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies.

DuVernay is also the founder of AFFRM, the African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement. She is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, as well as the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. She is also a board member for both Film Independent and the Sundance Institute.

In 2019, fashion label Prada announced DuVernay, alongside activist Theaster Gates, will be co-chair of the Prada Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council.

Also in 2019, DuVernay created, directed and co-wrote the Netflix miniseries, "When They See Us," chronicling the stories of the five falsely accused teenagers in the infamous 1989 Central Park jogger case. The film is critically acclaimed and has shone a light on the human aspects of the case, and experiences of being a person of color in America.

In 2020, DuVernay was invited to join other black leaders, including Oprah Winfrey and Nikole Hannah-Jones to join a panel on George Floyd's death. The two-night special, “OWN Spotlight: Where Do We Go From Here?” aired on all 19 U.S. Discovery cable channels.

Ava DuVernay Videos

  • Ava DuVernay Didn't Want to be a "Social Justice Girl" With Her Work
    Ava DuVernay ('When They See Us') joins Close Up with The Hollywood Reporter's TV Directors Roundtable to talk about her initial reluctance to being...
  • Ava Duvernay - Variety's Power of Women Full Speech
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  • Ava DuVernay | SXSW Live 2015 | SXSW ON
    Ava DuVernay is the first African-American woman nominated for Golden Globe and Critics Choice Awards for Best Director for "Selma," in addition to...

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  • How to book Ava DuVernay?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Ava DuVernay for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Ava DuVernay, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Ava DuVernay or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Ava DuVernay?

    Booking fees for Ava DuVernay, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Ava DuVernay, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Ava DuVernay?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Ava DuVernay for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Ava DuVernay for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Ava DuVernay or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Ava DuVernay or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Ava DuVernay is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Ava DuVernay for your event is $200,000 and above. Ava DuVernay generally travels from Los Angeles, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Viola Davis, Issa Rae, Daymond John, Gabrielle Union and Spike Lee. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Ava DuVernay for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Ava DuVernay Speaker Videos

  • Ava DuVernay Didn't Want to be a "Social Justice Girl" With Her Work
    Ava DuVernay ('When They See Us') joins Close Up with The Hollywood Reporter's TV Directors Roundtable to talk about her initial reluctance to being considered a "social justice girl" with her work,...
    Ava Duvernay - Variety's Power of Women Full Speech
    Ava Duvernay - Variety's Power of Women Full Speech http://bit.ly/VarietySubscribe
  • Ava DuVernay | SXSW Live 2015 | SXSW ON
    Ava DuVernay is the first African-American woman nominated for Golden Globe and Critics Choice Awards for Best Director for "Selma," in addition to Independent Spirit and NAACP Image Award...
    Ava DuVernay - Keynote Address | 2013 Film Independent Forum
    Ava DuVernay delivers the filmmaker keynote address at the 2013 Film Independent Forum

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

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