Aug. 5

3:45 PM

It is possible tickets may become available on the day of. Please show up to the box office at Lightbox Film Center at least 30 minutes beforehand.

Conversation: Ava DuVernay w/Maori Karmael Holmes

Beginning her career as a publicist, 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 mini-series about the Central Park Five.

Ava DuVernay

Ava DuVernay is a writer, producer, director and distributor of independent film. Nominated for the Academy Award and winner of the BAFTA for Best Documentary, Ava DuVernay’s 13th is one of the most critically-acclaimed films of 2016. In 2015, DuVernay directed the historical drama Selma, which garnered four Golden Globe nominations and two Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture. Her current directorial work includes the award-winning dramatic television series Queen Sugar; and the upcoming Disney feature film A Wrinkle in Time. Winner of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival’s Best Director prize for her previous feature Middle of Nowhere, DuVernay’s early directorial work includes I Will Follow, Venus Vs, and This is The Life. In 2017, DuVernay was named one of Fortune Magazine’s 50 Greatest World Leaders. She also distributes and amplifies the work of people of color and women directors through her film collective ARRAY, named one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies.

Maori Karmael Holmes

Maori is a filmmaker, curator, writer, and cultural worker. She is founder of the BlackStar Film Festival and works as the Director of Public Engagement at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia. She has curated programs in film and performance at Asian Arts Initiative, Barnes Foundation, ICA, Lightbox Film Center, Painted Bride Art Center, Scribe Video Center, and Swarthmore College. Other projects include KinoWatt (co-curated with Sara Zia Ebrahimi, 2011-2011) and Black Lily Film & Music Festival for Women (2007-2010). She will co-curate the Flaherty NYC series at Anthology Film Archive in Fall 2017 with Charlotte Ickes. Her film and video works have screened internationally and been broadcast throughout the US, including the feature documentary Scene Not Heard: Women in Philadelphia Hip-Hop (Third World Newsreel). Maori received an MFA in Film from Temple University, a BA in History from American University, and studied costume design at CalArts.