Ava, Congratulations on your success. I been a fan of your art for a while now and I love that you are Black Filmmaker. I am a movie maker myself and I would love to meet you in the future if the Almighty Permits. Keep making movies and telling stories that intrigue the world. You are an inspiration to inspiring Black Movie makers around the world and movie makers period. Much Success.
Ava has an unrestrained imagination. I worked background for her on the movie 'Selma'. She could win an Oscar for Best Director. I hope that she will direct my first film. I am a fan.
Bravo! Inspiring! Great initiative!
WOW... Finally a credible entity in Hollywood has emerged with a mission to transcend ages of blood, sweat and tears for the Black Human voice! Strictly amazing so, I must thank God for having found your site. As a screenwriter, I have greatly desired to discover an organization that is not lost in bureaucratic non-sense and understands that if something is to get done, then LET'S DO IT. Your work is proof that quality lies in the heart and soul of those with a vision. My hat is off to you Ms. Ava Du Vernay! Excellent job. Alan Hart ~email@example.com
I'm an avid observer of the Black movement in America and recently Africa. It appears that you and your organization are about to create the next level (distribution) in the Black film/T.V. genre. You've shorten the distance to "the light at the end of the tunnel". Righteous, (old school)
I'm. Big huge fan of Black Independent Films. They show a broad range of what Black Films are. I support urban films and that is the truth.
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These six films represent the clearest views of the world, its people and the daily decisions they must make (sometimes making life and death choices). AFFIRM is vital to giving us a refreshing and a real perspective of the times in which we live.
AFFIRM THYSELF! LOVE THIS AND THE WORK AFFRM IS DOING. I AM A POET, WRITER AND FILMMAKER. I ALSO RUN A NONPROFIT CALLED BETTER YOUTH. (WWW.BETTERYOUTH.ORG) WHERE WE MENTOR YOUTH THROUGH FILM AND THE PERFORMING ARTS. WE ARE STARTING A YOUTH FILM FESTIVAL LAUNCHING IN 2015. GO BETTER CREW!
Its sad that I didn't know anything about this until a friend told me. I am a film student at a predominantly white college... just so excited to have found this website and to know about these films! great inspiration so grateful for what you are doing.
Love love love what AFFRM is accomplishing . Just watched Ava's keynote film independent . "Smelly coat " not only applies to folks in the film industry it's excellent advice for whatever you aspire to be. Ava, you're awesome. Thank you
Ok if I'm going to post at least get the acronym right .AFFRM NOT AAFRM . :(
I just discovered this site and I'm so thrilled. I am hungry for more information and to support this work of art!
You inspire me! Thank You!
So glad I discovered this site, wonderful idea!
Great idea. Great outlet. Very glad to see a place where future filmmakers can find their footing and learn form some of the best. As an avid moviegoer, I can't wait to support your next project.
Love reading your stuff and I'm so glad you're going to start writing again. :)
Excellent movement for future filmmakers! So glad to see positive filmmakers giving back.The best is yet to come!
Very refreshing and encouraging indeed! As one who has recently developed an interest in films and documentaries, this is an impressive channel through which unknown stories of the African and African Diaspora can finally be delivered in a balanced and pragmatic manner. Of course this doesn’t isolate the Black worldview, but highlights it as an important and regal part of the larger global community. It is my hope that as you move forward you will increasingly document fascinating histories, cultures, achievements and personalities on the African continent from the standpoint of the true owners of the stories. As I see it, this may end up being a substantive platform on which to promote economic empowerment and cooperation within the Diaspora.
Great idea and initiative!! Hope to. Be part of it! Blessings from Kingston, Jamaica! ;-)
I was SO impressed by Ava Du Vernay and her speech at DGA identification of the"loosing the jacket of desperation" that I am posting this. I hope she gets to read it. I have lost the "jacket" and am now going about the business of making my films! Here is a copy of Statement of Purpose to UCLA Film school. I am both inspired and in awe of her efforts: Statement of PurposeI am Eric John Priestley (AKA: Eric Priestley,) one of the original members of Late Budd Schulberg’s Watts Writer’s Workshop, and I have also been a member of WGA for some time. I want to create all the dramatic and technical that transform script into film—specifically to turn my novels into story treatments and ultimately into film. All cards on the table: my life has been a living hell. Both my parents were from Louisiana, and came to California to escape the Jim Crow nearly at the cost of my father’s life. My success as a writer and actor has been deliberately blocked by factions in entertainment industry who did not like Budd or the writers he brought from the ashes of Watts Riots. The extent to which, that in 1973 an FBI informant burned the Workshop/Theater in Watts down at the behest of Special Agent Brandon Cleary burned my house down: thus went the Watts Writer. Budd told me at Honorarium at USC 1987 that government might come after me because they came after him. I saw people die in 1965 and 1992. Despite all this, I have still managed to create. I have recently returned from a 3 year stay in China (2008-2011). My third novel, For Keeps, was published. I have been told by Mike Boehm at LA TIMES: “All your novels should be films.”I returned from China 2011 having written a story treatment, screenplay based on my Novel called For Keeps, Pub 2009, Otis Parsons in the hopes of getting my project bought and picked up as a feature film. I took it to Bentley Morris,(Publisher of 40 years, created, owned and operated Holloway House Publishing Company and Players Magazine, who has sold many screenplays based on novel) who also published my second novel: Raw Dog only to discover Bentley sold the company to Kensington Publishers in NY 3 years ago. Since my return from China, Bentley is the only one who has help me shop my work around in an effort to preserve me talent and prevent the powers that be from taking advantage of me. The fact is I need training in order to do this. I went to UCLA in 1971, but transferred. It is the only school with the reputation and technical know how I feel would be sensitive enough and fair to deal with the subtle blocks which have thus far stopped me in my dream to create. I cannot imagine my life without being able to create. This statement is my plea for an opportunity to do so.
Eric John Priestley
Hello Filmmaking Commnunity, brothers and sisters, and media mavens! I applaud the communal efforts of AFFRM to bring the stories of people of color and notably black peoples from the Diaspora to the forefront. I am working on my first film, a documentary about black migration to the Pacific NW called Settling the Pacific NW: A Black Experience (www.settlingthepacificnw.org) and I am pleased to read about all the accomplishments of other brother and sisters who are working in this medium. I am especially humbled by Ms. Ava DuVernay's passion to take control of the means of telling our own stories. Keep keeping on . . .
I wish you continued and boundless success. I have no doubt of the talent you would bring to A Family Gathering, Heat of The Night and other Gene Cartwright works.
Bravo Ava this is the only way to empower our works.
Hi Ava, We met last year at the NABJ Convention. Just wanted to say I love what you're doing and keep up the good work!
Ava, so PROUD of what is unfolding under your leadership. Peace and blessings,Shina London
This is very much needed for filmmakers & aspiring filmmakers. As the Louisiana film process continues to boom I think AAFFRM would serve as a excellent tool.. I looking forward to volunteerism....
Really interesting plays, would love to see I Will Follow and some of the others as well, willing to volunteer when and where I can.
I sincerely hope AFFRM continues their vision and support of Afrocentric-flavored films and the directors and producers of such films. I first heard of AaFFRm via the Pan African Film Festival Los Angeles and is one of my favorite film festivals on the circuit.
Ms. Duvernay, ever since I read your story in the ny times in October of 2012 I have been following you, when I read your story I was very impressed with your determination and drive to get your projects done. Thanks for sharing your talents and love for independent film with the rest of us, you have inspired me a great deal!! My first short film as well as the feature film is now in development....Thank You..
Thanks for giving hope to Independent Filmmakers of color. We do need an outlet.
As a media entrepreneur and film professional I am excited and fully supportive of what AFFRM is doing. Thank you for spotlighting great films and stories told by us. I look forward to lending continued support to AFFRM's growth.
Keep up the amazing vision...I support it all!!!!
Congratulations on all of your WINS! Hope to work for you one day! Follow me on FB@JusticeWinterPerformer or Twitter@JusticeWinter
May 2013 be better than you can imagine! Look forward to hearing you tonight at the Bing Theater. You're an inspiration, the best to AFFRM and ARRAY. Peace
You guys are doing such amazing work. I signed up to volunteer but I'm sure you've been inundated with tons of applications, so I haven't heard back yet. I work in social media and would love to volunteer my services in that area (or any other really!!). Hoping I can help...
Congrats on everything!Allison
Congratulations on the launch of ARRAY and the acquisition of Better Mus Come. Hope to hear more about you and maybe get you to do some business in South Africa!
I have always been interested in us telling our own stories in order to bring about awareness, enlightment and encouragment. If I can help in any way please let me know. I would also like to know how I can show "Middle of Nowhere." Great film! Thank you.
Thank you for all that you are doing. Let me know how we can help. Our latest film 'Rope Burn' stars Colin Cheadle and is based on the true story (www.Lynchedbyca.com)
Art ThomasCEO / ProducerMain Man FilmsP.O. Box 3773Englewood, CO 80155
Hello, just wanted to say two things. 1) I'm a black DP living in Vancouver, Canada (born and raised in Barbados) and I would love to someday shoot a project (or two) for you guys. I really admire what you're doing. >>https://vimeo.com/39178146<< 2) Being in Vancouver, unfortunately I havent been able to see Middle of Nowhere. Any idea of when I may catch a glimpse of it in Canada? I read the script recently so I feel like I've connected with the story and characters without even seeing the film. It was a great script and no doubt a great film. Peace
great...houston txwould like to be involved if i can...email me
I'm L.A. and looking for this movie. The two places that were showing the movie, only did for 2 weeks (which ended yesterday ~sigh~). And now I can't seem to locate any other places nearby. Will the movie be on Netflix, DVD or showing any other places in the Los Angeles area?
I love what you all are doing.I will be joining the movement.
Our images, MATTER!
Hi Ava,It's great to see this film grow and retain a solid base for African American entertainment. I know we have not had time to communicate since Urbanworld NY a few years ago but would like to contact you at your convenience.
Hello,I missed the screening of "Middle of Nowhere" in Austin . How can I see the film?
Awesome, and very real. Thank you for telling a difficult story. Can't wait to seethe entire film.
Absolutely loved MIDDLE OF NOWHERE! We need more films like this, and more African-American women directors.Excellent directing by Ms. DuVernay, powerful story and story line, and fantastic acting. Refreshing pace, and loved that we didn't get beaten over the head with the emotional impact of family angst and alienation, prison life, but Ms. DuVernay hit the right pressure points on these and other issues, but particularly love. I look forward to seeing more of her work. And I hope, soon.
Dear Ava: I am the director of a film exhibition program, called the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center, located on the campus of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Here is a link to our website: www.theross.org. I've been running this program for nearly 40 years. I am very interested in your film but I cannot locate contact information for obtaining a screener and learning the availability of it for our area. I would also be very interested in bringing you to our campus. We have had an excellent and diverse visiting film/video makers series for the entire time of my tenure here. I've included my e-mail address above. My phone number is (402)472-9100. I hope to hear from you soon. Thanks.
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