Ava DuVernay has proved that there is little she can't do. The publicist-turned-writer-director-distributor who was just invited into the Motion Picture Academy has already directed two micro-budgeted films that have garnered her critical acclaim: 2011's "I Will Follow" and last year's "Middle of Nowhere," which landed DuVernay a best director prize at Sundance and a Spirit nomination for its young star Emayatzy Corinaldi.
Her distribution company, African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement, will release its sixth movie, Neil Drumming's drama "Big Words," on July 19.
Now DuVernay, who most recently directed the ESPN documentary "Venus Vs.," will take on the long-gestating Martin Luther King Jr. project "Selma." Deadline Hollywood first reported the news.
Chronicling King's voting rights campaign of 1965, "Selma" first came to Hollywood's attention when Paul Webb's script landed on the 2007 Black List, the popular insider's list of Hollywood's best unproduced screenplays.