Ava DuVernay Describes the Revolutionary Idea That Pushed Her Toward Success


Middle of Nowhere director and Sundance favorite Ava DuVernay got one thing wrong in her keynote speech at the Film Independent Forum yesterday: that her address wouldn’t be headline-worthy. While it’s true that Netflix exec Ted Sarandos stirred the pot the day before with statements that helped his company’s bottom line, DuVernay’s views might well be more revolutionary to aspiring filmmakers.

In her near-half-hour talk, DuVernay talked at length about a mental shift she underwent that seems simple, yet could have a profound impact on those attempting to break into the industry. Or people merely trying to do the damned thing.

It involves casting off the coat of desperation, and you can hear about it here:

Source: Shadow and Act

A veteran of writing about movies for nearly a decade, Scott Beggs has been the Managing Editor of Film School Rejects since 2009. Despite speculation, he is not actually Walter Mathau's grandson. See? He can't even spell his name right.

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