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“Beasts Of The Southern Wild,” Ava DuVernay, “Detropia” Pick Up Trophies At Sundance 2012 Awards Celebration

"Beasts Of The Southern Wild," Ava DuVernay, "Detropia" Pick Up Trophies At Sundance 2012 Awards Celebration

A quickie post highlighting winners from tonight’s Sundance Film Festival Awards celebration.

First – Ava DuVernay, who seemed surprised to hear her name called, won the Directing Award in the Dramatic competition for her sophomore effort Middle Of Nowhere – a deliberate, frank, matured work; my review HERE. I’ll have to go do some research on this, but I think it’s been a long time (if ever) since an African American woman won this award. I’ll go dig and come back with an update. UPDATE: Yup, this IS the very first time a black woman has won this particular award. I went back to the 1980s, before the festival even started giving out the award. So, Ava’s made historty today. A trivia question for sometime in the future.

Second – Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts Of The Southern Wild won the US Dramatic Cinematography Award, and the grand-daddy of them all, the Grand Jury Prize Award; I called it a striking feature debut on courage & resiliency; my review HERE.

Third – Detropia won the US Documentary Editing Award – a moving, painterly mourning of a once economically vibrant city; my review HERE.

That’s it for now! 

Congrats to all the winners! Check out the full list HERE.

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Joe Doughrity

So proud of Ms. Ava and her whole crew! Especially my girl Emayatzy who I had the pleasure of directing in "Akira's Hip Hop Shop" :) Gone with your bad selves!


I'm happy for these select winners and inspired by their works.

Scruffy McGhee (@DLYDJ)

Congratulations Ava! Much love since my Interactive One days!


ava's win is an inspiration and an affirmation for all of us, not only as film-makers, but as a community, and as an audience. she is challenging our vision of ourselves on the screen and forcing us to be educated consumers of cinema. kudos to sundance for finally awarding a woman of color this honor.


Congratulations to the winner. Has any of these films been picked up for distribution? I would love to support these films. Detropia sounds like something I would be interested in seeing. However, I probably won't get to see Detropia unless it manages to make its way onto PBS.

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