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“Selma” director: “I was rolling with Oprah”

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Ava DuVernay, the brilliant director of MLK biopic Selma (and one of the guests at our upcoming Women in the World Summit in New York) delivered an inspiring keynote speech at SXSW this weekend. At the annual festival in Austin, Texas, she reflected on her career, struggles as an independent filmmaker and the many accolades for Selma. When asked why it took Hollywood so long to develop an MLK biopic, she said: “The studios aren’t lining up to make films about black protagonists. Black people being autonomous and independent.” She also discussed her Oprah Winfrey-backed TV Project (based on Natalie Baszile’s novel Sugar Queen) and being invited to dine with the Obamas after a screening of Selma at the White House. “I think it might have been because I was rolling with Oprah,” she joked.

Read the full story at The Guardian

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