Ava DuVernay's Passion Project

January 26, 2015 2:41 PM

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More than most other black filmmakers in Hollywood today, Ava DuVernay elicits a certain giddiness in black moviegoers.

Her path to stardom as the director of the Oscar-nominated Martin Luther King Jr. biopic “Selma” is certainly a draw. Before stepping behind the camera, DuVernay spent 12 years as a publicist who specialized in building audiences of color for Hollywood films. As she once recounted to the Boston Glob...

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