A career change at 32 led Ava DuVernay to directing blockbusters

She went on to do film marketing and publicity and in 1999 she started her own publicity firm called The DuVernay Agency and worked with films like “Collateral,” “Dream Girls,” and “Invictus.”

In 2008 she created a documentary called “This is Life” about the hip-hop scene at a local cafe, but tells The Washington Post that even then, filmmaking was not part of her plan. It wasn’t until 2010 when she created her first feature film, “I Will Follow,” that she realized she had stories that needed to be told. She shot the film in 11 days on a $50,000 budget.

As her interest in working behind the camera continued to grow, DuVernay started taking private directing…

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