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Blair Underwood, Finn Wittrock, Victoria Pedretti, Isha Blaaker Join Ava DuVernay’s ‘Caste’ Film Adaptation

Blair Underwood, Finn Wittrock, Victoria Pedretti, Isha Blaaker, Leonardo Nam, Donna Mills and Emily Yancy have been added to the ensemble cast for Ava DuVernay’s latest film, the adaptation of Pulitzer Prize winner Isabel Wilkerson’s Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents. They join a cast that already includes Aunjanue Ellis in the lead role, plus […]

Audra McDonald, Myles Frost Join Ava DuVernay’s ‘Caste’ Film Adaptation

Tony winners Audra McDonald and Myles Frost have joined Aunjanue Ellis in Ava DuVernay’s next feature. DuVernay is writing and directing the movie based on Isabel Wilkerson’s book, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontent. Ellis, who was nominated for an Oscar for her work in King Richard, was earlier announced for the leading role in the film adaptation now shooting in […]

Niecy Nash-Betts, Jon Bernthal, Vera Farmiga Join Ava DuVernay’s ‘Caste’ Film Adaptation  

Niecy Nash-Betts, Jon Bernthal, Vera Farmiga, Nick Offerman, Jasmine Cephas Jones and Connie Nielsen have joined Aunjanue Ellis in Ava DuVernay’s next feature.    DuVernay is writing and directing the movie based on Isabel Wilkerson’s book, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontent. Ellis, who was nominated for an Oscar for her work in King Richard, […]

Aunjanue Ellis to Star in Ava DuVernay Film Inspired by ‘Caste: The Origins of Our Discontent’

Aunjanue Ellis, who earlier this year was nominated for an Oscar for her work in King Richard, has lined up the leading role in filmmaker Ava DuVernay’s next feature. Ellis will star in a film inspired by Caste: The Origins of Our Discontent, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson’s 2020 nonfiction book that examines the system […]

Ava DuVernay’s Array Releasing Launches In-Flight Channel on JetBlue

Indie filmmakers who are women and directors from the global majority will now have access to a new level of audience — literally. Ava DuVernay’s distribution vehicle Array Releasing has partnered with JetBlue to launch a pop-up in-flight channel that will screen a dozen Array features. “Over the years, I’ve experienced transformative moments by watching […]

Guest Column: ‘Queen Sugar’ Helmer DeMane Davis on How Ava DuVernay’s Decision to Hire All Female Directors Offered “Life-Transforming Opportunity”

My wood floor is barely visible. I’m organizing, which inevitably turns into sitting and thumbing through remnants from episodes of TV shows I’ve had the honor to direct. I have Post-Its in every size. Call sheets and shot lists that have made their way home in pockets and backpacks. (I’m still not fully down with […]

How Kenturah Davis Crafted Ava DuVernay’s Portrait for the 2022 Portrait of a Nation Awards (Exclusive)

“AVA,” the striking portrait of director Ava DuVernay that was unveiled today by The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, will be viewable as part of its upcoming Portrait of a Nation: 2022 Honorees exhibition opening Nov. 10. Commissioned along with six other works as part of this year’s class of Portrait of a Nation Award honorees, the […]

Ava DuVernay to Champion ‘Queen Sugar’ Directors as Guest Artistic Director for AFI Fest

Ava DuVernay has joined this year’s edition of AFI Fest to serve as guest artistic director. As part of the gig, DuVernay has hand-picked three independent films as a way to “amplify the voices and vision of women directors,” per the American Film Institute. Those films are Kat Candler’s Hellion from 2014 starring Juliette Lewis […]

‘Queen Sugar’: Ava DuVernay Among All-Female Group of Helmers Back to Direct Final Season

When Queen Sugar was first announced in 2016, creator Ava DuVernay revealed a commitment to hiring exclusively female directors. Now, as the OWN family drama preps its seventh and final season, it’s making good on that promise. The series, from DuVernay’s Array Filmworks, Harpo Films and studio Warner Bros. TV, is currently filming in and […]

Supreme Court Rulings Rocked — and Rallied — the 2022 CAA Amplify Summit

There is a Planned Parenthood in South L.A. five minutes from USC, where Storm Reid goes to college. “I have friends who have been in situations where they’ve had to go to Planned Parenthood,” the Euphoria star said in a conversation with Ava DuVernay and Nina Shaw on Thursday afternoon in Ojai. “That right could […]

Ava DuVernay to Receive 2022 International Emmy Founders Award

Pioneering writer, director and producer Ava DuVernay (When They See Us, Selma) will receive this year’s Founders Award at the 2022 International Emmy Awards. DuVernay, whose creative work has often mirrored her interests as a social activist, received an Oscar nomination and won an Emmy in 2017 for her documentary 13th, an in-depth look at […]

Ava DuVernay Developing Lauren Ridloff, Joshua Jackson Romantic Drama at Starz

Joshua Jackson and Eternals‘ Lauren Ridloff will star in a romantic drama series from Ava DuVernay in development at Starz. The network has given the untitled project a three-season script-to-series commitment, meaning that if greenlit, all 18 half-hour episodes (six per season) would air. Ridloff and Jackson, who previously starred together on Broadway in the […]