“Selma” made Ava DuVernay the first woman of color to direct a film nominated for a Best Picture Oscar. But she didn't have the most "traditional" start to a film career. DuVernay did not go to film school. She actually started out as a publicist. She told CBS Good Morning that she wanted to make her own small films, and used money she saved to make her first movie called "I Will Follow." After that, she was able to direct more films, eventually doing "Selma," which had a budget topping 100 million dollars. DuVernay now has a new TV series on the Oprah Winfrey Network, called "Queen Sugar," featuring a cast and crew of many women of color. Her influence is also reaching another generation, evident by the Barbie doll made to model her. Her next project, called "13th" highlights the 13th amendment and the inequities of mass incarceration.
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