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Ava DuVernay and the 'Middle of Nowhere'

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Last night, the Los Angeles Film Festival kicked off downtown at L.A. Live. The event, which took in over 5,000 submissions from upwards of 30 countries, runs until June 24th.

One film which made the cut, Ava DuVernay’s “Middle of Nowhere,” is a story about a woman in South-Central L.A. who must reconfigure her entire life when her husband goes to jail for an eight-year sentence. The movie will premiere as a gala event, complete with the red carpet treatment just like Woody Allen’s “To Rome with Love,” the festival’s opener. DuVernay has already had the opportunity of screening her film in front of a festival audience, as it premiered at Sundance earlier this year. She received the award of Best Director at that event, and it’s notable that she is the first African-American to win said prize.

“Middle of Nowhere” is slated for a limited theatrical release in October, but DuVernay hopes exposure within Los Angeles will raise the movie’s profile. What inspired DuVernay to write and direct such a story? What is she hoping to share with the Los Angeles audience?


Ava DuVernay, director and writer of “Middle of Nowhere” and “I Will Follow,” founder of The DuVernay Agency, later known as DVA Media + Marketing, which provided marketing and publicity services for more than 100 film and television projects by directors such as Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood, Michael Mann and more.

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