Interview with Middle of Nowhere Director, Ava DuVernay.

Ava DuVernay made her feature directorial debut with the critically-acclaimed 2008 hip hop documentary, This is The Life. In 2010, she wrote, produced and directed the narrative feature, I Will Follow, starring Salli Richardson-Whitfield. DuVernay directed and produced three network music documentaries in 2010. My Mic Sounds Nice is a definitive history of female hip hop artists. Essence Music Festival 2010 is a two-hour concert film chronicling the nation's largest annual African-American entertainment gathering. Faith Through the Storm is a documentary about black women Katrina survivors. Previously, DuVernay worked as a film marketer and publicist for 15 years, forming DVA Media + Marketing in 1999. Her award-winning firm provided strategy and execution for more than 120 film and television campaigns for acclaimed directors such as Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood, Michael Mann and Bill Condon. A UCLA graduate, DuVernay is the founder of AaFFRM, the African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement and a member of the Academy of Television Arts &Sciences.