Ava DuVernay is an American film director, producer, screenwriter and distributor. She is best known for her work on movie “Selma” where she became the first African American woman to received Golden Globe nomination for Best director. As of 2018, Ava DuVernay net worth is estimated to be $3 million.
Ava was born on August 24, 1972 in California, United States. She was raised by her mother Darlene and her stepfather Murray Maye. She attended Saint Joseph High School and then went to University of California where she double majored in English literature and African-American studies. After graduation, she worked as an intern for CBS News covering O.J. Simpson trial.
After being frustrated with journalism, she switched her career to marketing and public relations. She worked as a junior publist at Fox, Savoy Pictures and few other PR agencies until she opened her own firm called “The DuVernay Agency” in 1999. The agency provided marketing and PR services to movies and television shows like Lumumba, Spy Kids, Shrek 2, The Terminal, Collateral and Dreamgirls.
In 2006, she worked as a director and writer for the film “Saturday Night Life”. She then directed and produced her first feature documentary “This Is the Life” in 2008 followed by movie “I will Follow” in 2011. The same year, she directed movie “Middle of Nowhere”. She won the U.S. Directing Award: Dramatic making her the first African-American woman to even win the prize.
In 2014, she directed and co-wrote the movie “Selma”. The movie was massive hit and was nominated for best picture, best original song at the Academy Awards. For her work in Selma, DuVernay was the first black female director to be nominated for a Golden Globe Award. She won Film Critics Association Award for Best Director and a Black Film Critics Award for Best Director.
Ava then went on to direct movies and TV series like “For Justice”, “Chapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter 3” and “Queen Sugar”. In 2016, she directed a documentary called “13th“. 13th got critical acclaim and got 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at 89th Oscars making her the first black woman to be nominated as a director in a feature category.