Ava DuVernay’s march to direct ‘Selma’

January 3, 2015 9:34 PM

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Ava DuVernay’s march to direct ‘Selma’

During her 12-year career as a publicist, first for 20th Century Fox and later with her own marketing firm, DVA Media + Marketing, which specialized in delivering audiences of color to Hollywood films, Ava DuVernay recalls that she used to “plan junkets and actually be on my hands an knees rolling the red carpet.” So there will be many layers to her satisfaction if, as widely expected, she walks the red carpet in a couple of months as the first African-American woman ever nominated for a best director Oscar.

DuVernay would make history with a film about history. “Selma,” opening Friday, chronicles three pivotal months that led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, including the five-day march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., led by Martin Luther King Jr. Starring David Oyelowo as King, along w...

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