Ava DuVernay's Moment Becomes a Movement

The 'Middle of Nowhere' writer/director looks to the future of black film

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Middle of Nowhere was written and directed by Ava DuVernay; and stars Emayatzy Corinealdi, David Oyelowo, Omari Hardwick, Edwina Findley and Lorraine Toussaint. Rated R. Click here for show times and theaters.

CLICK HERE to read Karina Longworth's review of Middle of Nowhere.

"The question is, how do we get more women to make a second film—and more men to make a first? That's where my attention is: building some kind of legacy around these films and filmmakers. They can't all be one-offs. We have to start creating names for these directors so you know a Tina Mabry film when you see it. And you know the difference between a Tina Mabry film and a Dee Rees film. And then, yo, where are the brothers? Barry [Jenkins], Dennis [Dortch], everybody's trying. I think my fear is a Theodore Witcher syndrome, which I really don't wanna see people fall into. He made a beautiful first film [Love Jones], and for all kinds of reasons, a decade has passed without a follow-up. I just don't want this moment we're in to be a wave that comes and goes."

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