Ava Duvernay Net Worth

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Ava DuVernay net worth is
$3 Million

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Ava Duvernay was born on the 24th August 1972, in Long Beach, California USA, and is an award-winning director, screenwriter, producer, marketer and film distributor, but probably best known for her Oscar-nominated drama film “Selma” (2014). Her career on film started in 2008, when she directed the documentary “This Is Life”.

Have you ever wondered how rich Ava Duvernay is, as of early 2017? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that de Duvernay’s net worth is as high as $3 million, an amount earned through her successful career in the film industry.

Ava Duvernay Net Worth $3 Million

Ava Duvernay was born in Long Beach, but raised in Lynwood, California. During her childhood, she also spent a lot of time near Selma, Alabama, where her father, Murray Maye, was born. Duvernay was raised by her father, who owned a carpeting business. Having finished Saint Joseph High School, she enrolled at the University of California, where she majored with a double degree in English and African American studies. Her first love was journalism, and she worked as an intern for CBS News for a time, covering the O. J. Simpson trial. However, she later moved to marketing and public relation, having grown disillusioned with journalism. She founded her own public relations firm, The Duvernay Agency, which focused on movie marketing, specifically for African American audiences. Having spent so much time around the film industry at this point, Duvernay became inspired to make her own films.

Her directorial debut, “This Is Life” (2008), revolved around alternative hip-hop artists, reflecting Duvernay’s long lasting love of hip-hop. She continued in the same direction with her second directorial piece, “My Mic Sounds Nice: The Truth About Women in Hip Hop” (2010), and in the same year, she finally make a breakthrough into feature film, when she directed and wrote the independent drama film “I Will Follow” (2010), which starred Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Beverly Todd, and Omari Hardwick; the film was praised by the critics, especially by the noted film critic, the late Roger Ebert. Her second film, “Middle of Nowhere” (2012) earned a spot at the Sundance Film Festival; it was another independent feature, starring Emayatzy Corinealdi, David Oyelowo, Omari Hardwick and Lorraine Toussaint. It earned the Directing Award for US Dramatic Film at Sundance.

Duvernay’s next feature film put her on the map as one of the most promising newcomers. In 2014, she directed a historical drama film entitled “Selma”, which told the story of the Civil Rights Movement, including the 1965 protest marches from Selma to Montgomery, led by Martin Luther King, Jr. The film featured a stellar cast, including David Oyelowo as Dr. King, then Tom Wilkinson, Tim Roth, Carmen Ejogo, and the rapper Common. The film was nominated for several Golden Globe and Academy Awards, winning both for Best Original Song.

Continuing her rise to prominence as one of the leading voices for African American rights in Hollywood, she next directed the documentary “13th” (2016), which opened the New York Film Festival. The documentary revolves around school-to-prison pipeline, and mass incarceration of African American men, within the USA prison-industrial complex, and was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 2017 Academy Awards.

Confirming her newly-acquired status in Hollywood, Duvernay was in talks to direct “Black Panther”, the new superhero entry in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. However, she decided to adapt the classic children’s novel, “A Wrinkle In Time” instead; the film is scheduled to release in 2018.

Duvernay supports African American writes, and she is a founder of AFFRM, the African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement, meant to uplift the voices of black people. She will go down in history as the first African American woman to win the Best Director Prize at Sundance Film Festival, as well as first black female director to be nominated for a Golden Globe Award.

When it comes to her personal life, and relationships, Ava has been spotted with actor and rapper Common.

Full NameAva DuVernay
Net Worth$3 Million
Date Of BirthAugust 24, 1972
Place Of BirthLong Beach, California, United States
ProfessionFilm Director, Publicist, Screenwriter, Film Producer, Filmmaker
EducationUniversity of California, Los Angeles
ParentsDarlene Maye, Joseph DuVernay, Jr.
SiblingsJina DuVernay
NicknamesAva Marie DuVernay
AwardsIndependent Spirit John Cassavetes Award, BAFTA Award for Best Documentary, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Writing in a Dramatic Series, Glamour Award for Film Maker, Critics' Choice Documentary Award Best Director (TV/Streaming)
NominationsGolden Globe Award for Best Director - Motion Picture
Movies13th, Selma, The Door, Middle of Nowhere, I Will Follow, This Is the Life, A Wrinkle in Time, My Mic Sounds Nice: The Truth About Women in Hip Hop, TV One Night Only: Live from the Essence Music Festival
TV ShowsQueen Sugar
1[on filming 'Selma' in the same area of Alabama where she grew up] I never approached it as, 'Oh my God, I'm making a film about Mr. King'. I just focused on making a film about an ordinary man doing extraordinary things in a place I know very well.
2We're told that independent film lovers... folks that are used to watching art house films, won't come out and see a film with black people in it - I've been told that in rooms, big rooms, studio rooms, and I know that's not true.
3Positive characterizations are complex characterizations. That's all we need to know. They shouldn't be saccharine. They shouldn't feel like medicine.
4I didn't go to film school. I got my education on the set as a niche publicist in the film industry.
5You know, often films that are deemed positive, nobody wants to see them.
6I tell the stories that are of interest to me.
7I think that women definitely have a special bond as friends that is hard to describe to men, and we don't often see that portrayed narratively.
8I think for female filmmakers a big issue is making their second and third films.
9I just don't think there's a lot of support for the woman's voice in cinema, and it becomes really difficult to raise that money and start again every time.
10I really admire Werner Herzog and Spike Lee. They're amazing documentarians. If you took away all the narratives, they'd just be amazing documentarians.
11I think good publicists are just like good mommies - always looking out, making sure folks are comfortable and making sure that folks are on time and making sure that folks are getting what they need and know what they need to do.
12I've been to Sundance eight times as a publicist and thought I was very prepared. I mean, who could've been more prepared for me? A publicist who's been there eight times. Getting there as a filmmaker was a completely surreal, different, unexpected experience.
13As long as you're in an environment where the worth of the project isn't based on the project but what its predecessors did, it's not truly inclusive.
14I didn't start out thinking that I could ever make films. I started out being a film lover, loving films, and wanting to have a job that put me close to them and close to filmmakers and close to film sets.
15I make films about black women and it doesn't mean that you can't see them as a black man, doesn't mean that he can't see them as a white man or she can't see them as a white woman.
16I don't understand the iPhone. I just don't get it. Don't ya'll have to write serious emails throughout the day? How can you possibly manage detailed missives on a phone with no keys?
17All the traditional models for doing things are collapsing; from music to publishing to film, and it's a wide open door for people who are creative to do what they need to do without having institutions block their art.
18I think that if we really want to break it down, that non-black filmmakers have had many, many years and many, many opportunities to tell many, many stories about themselves, and black filmmakers have not had as many years, as many opportunities, as many films to explore the nuances of our reality.
19Filmmakers need to realize that their job isn't done when they lock picture. We must see our films through.
20All the films I do, I write the scripts, I direct.
21I wish I could be the black woman Soderbergh, and put the camera on my shoulder and shoot beautifully while I directed.
22In documentaries, there's a truth that unfolds unnaturally, and you get to chronicle it. In narratives, you have to create the situations so that the truth will come out.
23I think I am a little jealous of women who have great girlfriends as adults.
24If you're doing something outside of dominant culture, there's not an easy place for you. You will have to do it yourself.
25I'm a prison abolitionist because the prison system as it is set up is just not working. It's horrible.
26When I'm marketing a film, whether its mine or someone else's, I work with a great deal of strategy and elbow grease until the job is done.
27Film school was a privilege I could not afford.
28Be passionate and move forward with gusto every single hour of every single day until you reach your goal.
1Older sister of Jina DuVernay.
2She is the first black female director to be nominated for a Golden Globe Award. She received the nomination for her film Selma (2014).
3In June 2013, she was invited to join both the director's and writer's branches of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She is only the second black woman, following Kasi Lemmons, to be invited to the director's branch.
4In 2012, she became the first African American woman to win the Best Director Prize at Sundance Film Festival. She won the award for her second feature, Middle of Nowhere (2012).
5Founder of AFFRM, the African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement.


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Battle of VersaillesTV Movie announced
Queen SugarTV Series creator - 14 episodes, 2017 created for television by - 13 episodes, 2016 created by - 2 episodes, 2017 written by - 1 episode, 2016 teleplay by - 1 episode, 2016 television story by - 1 episode, 2016
13th2016Documentary written by
The Door2013/VIIIShort
Middle of Nowhere2012written by
Essence Presents: Faith in 20102010TV Movie
I Will Follow2010
TV One Night Only: Live from the Essence Music Festival2010TV Movie written by
This Is the Life2008Documentary writer
Saturday Night Life2006Short


Battle of VersaillesTV Movie executive producer announced
Queen Sugar2016-2017TV Series executive producer - 27 episodes
13th2016Documentary producer - produced by
For Justice2015TV Movie executive producer
Selma2014executive producer
Hello Beautiful: Interludes with John Legend2013TV Movie producer
Nine for IX2013TV Series documentary producer - 1 episode
The Door2013/VIIIShort producer
99%: The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film2013Documentary associate producer
Middle of Nowhere2012producer
Black Girls Rock! 20112011TV Movie segment producer
I Will Follow2010producer
My Mic Sounds Nice: The Truth About Women in Hip Hop2010TV Movie documentary executive producer
Compton in C Minor2009Short producer
This Is the Life2008Documentary producer


A Wrinkle in Time2018post-production
Battle of VersaillesTV Movie announced
Queen Sugar2016TV Series 2 episodes
For Justice2015TV Movie
Scandal2013TV Series 1 episode
Nine for IX2013TV Series documentary 1 episode
The Door2013/VIIIShort
Middle of Nowhere2012
Essence Presents: Faith in 20102010TV Movie
I Will Follow2010
My Mic Sounds Nice: The Truth About Women in Hip Hop2010TV Movie documentary
TV One Night Only: Live from the Essence Music Festival2010TV Movie
Compton in C Minor2009Short
This Is the Life2008Documentary
Saturday Night Life2006Short


Being Mary Jane2014TV SeriesActivist

Assistant Director

Black Girls Rock! 20112011TV Movie segment director

Editorial Department

Selma2014rewrite - unconfirmed, uncredited


Forgotten Sunset2016Short special thanks completed
Seto Surya2016thanks
Life Itself2014Documentary special thanks


13th: A Conversation with Oprah Winfrey & Ava DuVernay2017Video documentary shortHerself
Chelsea2016TV SeriesHerself - Guest
CBS This Morning2016TV SeriesHerself
The Daily Show2015-2016TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert2016TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Today2016TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Insider2014-2016TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Selma
Essence Ninth Annual Black Women in Hollywood2016TV MovieHerself
Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché2016DocumentaryHerself
Access Hollywood Live2015TV SeriesHerself
Good Morning America2014-2015TV SeriesHerself - Guest
5TH NAFCA: African Oscar2015TV MovieHerself - Nominee: Best Director in a Foreign Film
The 365Black Awards2015TV MovieHerself - Honoree
Black Girls Rock!2015TV MovieHerself
La noche de los Oscar2015TV MovieHerself
Countdown to the Oscars: 15 Movies That Changed American Cinema2015TV MovieHerself
60 Minutes2015TV Series documentaryHerself - Filmmaker (segment "Selma")
The 46th Annual NAACP Image Awards2015TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Film '722015TV SeriesHerself - Interviewee
Tavis Smiley2015TV SeriesHerself - Guest
72nd Golden Globe Awards2015TV SpecialHerself - Nominee
Made in Hollywood2014TV SeriesHerself
Entertainment Tonight2014TV SeriesHerself - Selma
Life Itself2014DocumentaryHerself
Ava DuVernay: An IU Cinema Exclusive2013Video shortHerself
Melissa Harris-Perry2013TV SeriesHerself
The 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards2013TV SpecialHerself - Nominee
Don't Sleep! Hosted by T. J. Holmes2012TV SeriesHerself - Panelist

Archive Footage

Extra2017TV SeriesHerself
Entertainment Tonight2015TV SeriesHerself

Won Awards

2016Critics’ Choice Documentary AwardCritics’ Choice Documentary AwardsBest Director (TV/Streaming)13th (2016)
2016Video Source AwardInternational Documentary Association13th (2016)
2016WFCC AwardWomen Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Movie by a Woman13th (2016)
2016WFCC AwardWomen Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Woman Storyteller13th (2016)
2016Courage in Filmmaking AwardWomen Film Critics Circle Awards13th (2016)
2015Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsOutstanding Director, Motion PictureSelma (2014)
2015COFCA AwardCentral Ohio Film Critics AssociationBest DirectorSelma (2014)
2015COFCA AwardCentral Ohio Film Critics AssociationBreakthrough Film ArtistSelma (2014)
2015Cinema for Peace AwardCinema for Peace AwardsMost Valuable Movie of the YearSelma (2014)
2015Woman of the YearElle Women in Hollywood Awards
2015Dorian AwardGay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (GALECA)Film Director of the YearSelma (2014)
2015Oglethorpe Award for Excellence in Georgia CinemaGeorgia Film Critics Association (GFCA)Selma (2014)
2015Directors to WatchPalm Springs International Film FestivalSelma (2014)
2015Audience AwardPalm Springs International Film FestivalBest Narrative FeatureSelma (2014)
2015Dorothy Arzner Directors AwardWomen in Film Crystal Awards
2015EDA Female Focus AwardAlliance of Women Film JournalistsBest Woman DirectorSelma (2014)
2015EDA Female Focus AwardAlliance of Women Film JournalistsFemale Icon of the YearSelma (2014)
2014Pioneer AwardBlack Film Critics Circle Awards

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2014BFCC AwardBlack Film Critics Circle AwardsBest DirectorSelma (2014)
2014New Generation AwardLos Angeles Film Critics Association AwardsSelma (2014)
2014Wyatt AwardSoutheastern Film Critics Association AwardsSelma (2014)
2014WFCC AwardWomen Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Movie by a WomanSelma (2014)
2014AAFCA AwardAfrican-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA)Best DirectorSelma (2014)
2013Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsBest DirectorMiddle of Nowhere (2012)
2013Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsBest Screenplay, Original or AdaptedMiddle of Nowhere (2012)
2013John Cassavetes AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsMiddle of Nowhere (2012)
2012Special MentionBlack Film Critics Circle AwardsMiddle of Nowhere (2012)
2012Directing AwardSundance Film FestivalDramaticMiddle of Nowhere (2012)
2012AAFCA AwardAfrican-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA)Best ScreenplayMiddle of Nowhere (2012)
2011AAFCA AwardAfrican-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA)Best ScreenplayI Will Follow (2010)
2008Audience Choice AwardHollywood Black Film FestivalBest DocumentaryThis Is the Life (2008)
2008Jury Award - Honorable MentionHollywood Black Film FestivalDocumentaryThis Is the Life (2008)
2008Audience AwardLos Angeles Pan African Film FestivalBest DocumentaryThis Is the Life (2008)
2008Jury AwardLos Angeles Pan African Film FestivalHonorable MentionThis Is the Life (2008)
2008Audience AwardToronto ReelWorld Film FestivalDocumentaryThis Is the Life (2008)

Nominated Awards

2017Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsOutstanding Documentary13th (2016)
2017Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsOutstanding Motion Picture13th (2016)
2017Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsOutstanding Documentary Feature13th (2016)
2017Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Writing in a Dramatic SeriesQueen Sugar (2016)
2017Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest Documentary
2017EDA AwardAlliance of Women Film JournalistsBest Documentary13th (2016)
2017EDA Female Focus AwardAlliance of Women Film JournalistsBest Woman Director13th (2016)
2017EDA Female Focus AwardAlliance of Women Film JournalistsOutstanding Achievement by a Woman in the Film Industry13th (2016)
2016IDA AwardInternational Documentary AssociationBest Feature13th (2016)
2015Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest DirectorSelma (2014)
2015GFCA AwardGeorgia Film Critics Association (GFCA)Best DirectorSelma (2014)
2015Breakthrough AwardGeorgia Film Critics Association (GFCA)Selma (2014)
2015Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsDirectorSelma (2014)
2015Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Directing in a Motion PictureSelma (2014)
2015Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest DirectorSelma (2014)
2015NCFCA AwardNorth Carolina Film Critics AssociationBest DirectorSelma (2014)
2015OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest DirectorSelma (2014)
2015Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Director - Motion PictureSelma (2014)
2015EDA AwardAlliance of Women Film JournalistsBest DirectorSelma (2014)
2014ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest DirectorSelma (2014)
2014Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsOutstanding Television DocumentaryNine for IX (2013)
2014DFWFCA AwardDallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association AwardsBest DirectorSelma (2014)
2014ICP AwardIndiewire Critics' PollBest DirectorSelma (2014)
2014OFCS AwardOnline Film Critics Society AwardsBest DirectorSelma (2014)
2014Reel Black AwardReel Black AwardsOutstanding Television DocumentaryNine for IX (2013)
2014Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest DirectorSelma (2014)
2014WAFCA AwardWashington DC Area Film Critics Association AwardsBest DirectorSelma (2014)
2013EDA Female Focus AwardAlliance of Women Film JournalistsBest Woman ScreenwriterMiddle of Nowhere (2012)
2013Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsBest FilmMiddle of Nowhere (2012)
2013Best Directorial DebutCamerimageMiddle of Nowhere (2012)
2012Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsBest Screenplay, Original or AdaptedI Will Follow (2010)
2012Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsBest DirectorI Will Follow (2010)
2012Gotham Independent Film AwardGotham AwardsBest FeatureMiddle of Nowhere (2012)
2012Humanitas PrizeHumanitas PrizeSundance Film CategoryMiddle of Nowhere (2012)
2012Bronze HorseStockholm Film FestivalBest FilmMiddle of Nowhere (2012)
2012Grand Jury PrizeSundance Film FestivalDramaticMiddle of Nowhere (2012)
2011Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsBest DocumentaryMy Mic Sounds Nice: The Truth About Women in Hip Hop (2010)
2010Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsOutstanding Independent FeatureThis Is the Life (2008)

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