Ava DuVernay (“A Wrinkle in Time”) will receive the Producers Guild of America (PGA) Visionary Award come early next year.
The PGA, which recognizes TV, film and new media producers for their contributions to pop culture, and DuVernay has certainly used her powers of storytelling for the common good. The director has explored both TV and film, currently heading up her critically acclaimed TV series “Queen Sugar” and most recently writing and directing “13th,” a documentary about race in America that received two Emmys and an Oscar nomination. She was the first black female director to have a film nominated for an Oscar for best picture (“Selma“) and was the first black female director to earn the best director prize at 2012’s Sundance Film Festival.
DuVernay has just finished up Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time,” a film adaptation of the famous novel starring Oprah Winfrey (“The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”), Reese Witherspoon (“Big Little Lies”), Mindy Kaling (“The Mindy Project”), Storm Reid (“12 Years a Slave”), Chris Pine (“Wonder Woman”) and Zach Galifianakis (“Birdman”). After completing the film, she became the first black female director to direct a film with an over $100 million budget. The director is also determined to lift up people of color and female filmmakers in Hollywood, founding ARRAY, a non-profit dedicated to this task, back in 2010.
PGA Awards Chairs Donald De Line (“Wayward Pines”) and Amy Pascal (“Spider-Man: Homecoming”) said of DuVernay:
“The emergence of Ava DuVernay as a producer and filmmaker has been one of the great developments of the past several years. Whether in scripted features, television or documentaries, her unique voice, skill and passion have inspired countless audiences throughout our country and around the world. She is, by any standard, a visionary storyteller, and we are excited to be honoring her as such in 2018.”
DuVernay will accept the award the 29th Annual PGA Awards presented by Cadillac on Jan. 20, 2018 at the LA Beverly Hilton. Watch the trailer for DuVernay’s “A Wrinkle in Time,” set for release March 8, below.