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Ava DuVernay will be one of the keynote speakers at the BlogHer conference this July in NYC.
The Selma director will sit with founder and editor of Women and Hollywood, Melissa Silverstein for a “fireside chat style interview,” a conference representative tells The Hollywood Reporter. Ava will discuss her career, upcoming projects and her work at the intersection of art, history and civil rights. The conference, ran by blogging network BlogHer, aims at connecting and empowering female content creators. A central conversation this year will be intersectional feminism — looking at feminism through the lens of a variety of microidentities — and Page said DuVernay and Silverstein’s discussion will be a great way of touching on this subject.
“One of the topics that we have been exploring over the past couple of years is what our community can do at the intersection of race and gender, and what is going on out in the world and online,” says BlogHer co-founder Elisa Camahort Page. Page said that not only did DuVernay’s Selma have a huge impact on conversations around race last year, but “her film made a point of shining the light on women and their role in the civil rights movement.” Adds Page, “She’s a groundbreaking artist.”
In addition to speaking about race and gender, DuVernay is expected to chat about her upcoming television shows. DuVernay is teaming up with Oprah Winfrey on a new OWN series called Queen Sugar; DuVernay will write, direct and executive produce the project. She is also directing and executive producing For Justice, a civil rights crime drama pilot for CBS.
DuVernay is joining Gwyneth Paltrow on the list of BlogHer’s keynote speakers this year.
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