Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Medicine | By Douglas Stevenson

Ryan Coogler pens tribute to one of his heroes Ava DuVernay

Ryan Coogler pens tribute to one of his heroes Ava DuVernay

Plus, A Wrinkle in Time has already made a name for itself due to the fact that by being hired to direct it, Ava DuVernay is the first woman of color to helm a live action movie with a budget exceeding $100 million.

Over the past few years, directors Ava DuVernay and Ryan Coogler have forged an aspirational bond as two of the most important black filmmakers working in Hollywood today. In this article, he goes in depth about what makes Ava stand out among her peers, Coogler being one of them. "It's why I feel privileged to call her my big sister", he raved in the letter published on ESPN's website. However, when host Charlamagne Da God asked why the director shot down the chance to direct the Marvel film, she spoke about diverting her attention to a "more woman" focused project. I met her in 2013, but she's one of those people who you feel like you've always known.

He went on to discuss the early days of DuVernay's career as an admired Hollywood publicist, noting she'd written, produced, and directed "two wonderful films, about black women finding hope while experiencing grief and loss, all while maintaining a production and distribution company to finance and distribute underserved independent films made by women and people of color".

"Ava is the past, present and future", Coogler wrote.

A Wrinkle In Time is released in the United Kingdom on 23 March 2018. She is all of these things, but sometimes I forget she is human. I almost lost my father, and it nearly broke me in half.

He looks up to Ava as an older sister, and his affection and admiration for her professionalism and body of work is very evident here. Ava, the warrior, weathered that loss while making "13th" to show everyone with a Netflix subscription that American slavery never ended - it had only morphed. That being said, as we've seen many times over the years (I'm looking at you, Suicide Squad and the Transformers series), just because a movie doesn't have a great critical reception doesn't mean it can't rake in a sizable amount of money.

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