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BlackStar Film Festival

Conversation: Ava DuVernay with Maori Karmael Holmes

Beginning her career in film-related public relations and marketing, Academy Award®-award nominated filmmaker, entrepreneur, and activist Ava DuVernay has crafted an impressive career as a director, producer, show runner, and entertainment industry executive. BlackStar’s founder Maori Karmael Holmes will join DuVernay to examine the power of cinema, both independent and mainstream, and the importance of making space where there doesn’t seem to be any, as well as the necessity of telling stories ‘for us, by us’. They will also discuss DuVernay’s critically-acclaimed films from her debut, THIS IS THE LIFE, to the forthcoming A WRINKLE IN TIME, and television projects such as the groundbreaking QUEEN SUGAR and the miniseries about the CENTRAL PARK FIVE.