2012 The Root 100

Ava DuVernay is the award-winning director of Middle of Nowhere.

  • Influence: 175.6
  • Reach: 9.7
  • Substance: 7.5
  • Media Mentions: 98
  • Internet Mentions: 8380
  • Twitter Followers: 6674
  • Ava DuVernay

  • Filmmaker who became the first African-American woman to win the best director prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012.
  • Job: Filmmaker
  • Sector: Entertainment/Media
  • Twitter: @avaetc
  • Location: Los Angeles
  • Age: 40
  • Bio: Middle of Nowhere is just Ava DuVernay's second feature film, but her work scored her the best director prize at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival -- making her the first African-American woman to win the honor. Her feature film directorial debut, the well-received I Will Follow, was the first theatrical release from the black distribution collective African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement. DuVernay is also well-known for her behind-the-scenes work in promotions and publicity for big feature-film productions, such as Spider Man 2, Collateral and I, Robot. Like her Facebook page.