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Filmmaker Ava DuVernay to lecture, present films

September 15, 2013


Sept. 15--BLOOMINGTON -- Filmmaker Ava DuVernay will visit Indiana University, where she will deliver a Jorgensen Guest Filmmaker lecture.

The winner of the 2012 best director award at the Sundance Film Festival, DuVernay is known in independent film circles as a maverick businesswoman for the 2011 launch of her film distribution venture, the African American Film Festival Releasing Movement. The organization uses a network of African-American and African diasporic film festivals to more widely distribute independent films.

"By challenging the terms of participation for black filmmakers in American cinema, AFFRM is, as DuVernay has said, not so much a business as a call to action," IU Cinema Director Jon Vickers said. "We are excited to welcome this trailblazer of independent film to IU. DuVernay has had an unprecedented year since her 2012 Sundance recognition, receiving the 2013 John Cassavetes Award at the Independent Spirits and being named a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences."

DuVernay will lecture 3 p.m. Friday at the IU Cinema, 1213 E. Seventh St.

At 6:30 p.m. today, "This Is the Life," her award-winning directorial debut, will be screened at the cinema. At 7 p.m. Wednesday, "Big Words," Neil Drumming's film documenting three former members of a hip-hop crew who cross paths on the eve of Barack Obama's 2008 election, will be screened. Other films related to DuVernay's visit will be screened including the 7 p.m. Thursday showing of "Venus vs." Also showing at 6:30 p.m. Friday is "Middle of Nowhere" followed by the 9:30 p.m. screening of "I Will Follow."

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