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Exclusive: Poster For Ava DuVernay’s Award-Winning “Middle Of Nowhere” + LAFF Gala & NABJ Info

Exclusive: Poster For Ava DuVernay's Award-Winning "Middle Of Nowhere" + LAFF Gala & NABJ Info

To be presented as 1 of only 4 gala screening events at the Los Angeles Film Festival this year (headed by Stephanie Allain), Ava DuVernay’s lauded sophomore feature film effort, Middle Of Nowhere, will screen tomorrow night at LA Live’s Regal Cinemas 800seat auditorium! 

As already reported, the evening’s honorary host will be Oscar nominee Angela Bassett, with the film’s cast and the following notables confirmed to be present for the event: filmmakers John Singleton, F. Gary Gray, Charles Burnett, Gina and Reggie Bythewood, Mara and Salim Akil, plus actors Regina King, Kimberly Elise, Dennis Haysbert, CCH Pounder, Louis Gossett, Jr., Harry Lennix, Lynn Whitfield, Jenifer Lewis, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Garcelle Beauvais, Nate Parker, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Bokeem Woodbine, Naturi Naughton, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Goapele, Kenny Lattimore, Tessa Thompson, Lauren London, Erica Hubbard, Tony Rock and Rainn Wilson.

I should also note that AFFRM will screen Middle Of Nowhere for the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) this Saturday, June 23, at their annual convention in New Orleans, the film’s first non-festival screening.

Ava DuVernay will be present for a Q&A afterward.

Screening for black press is really important to me. I worked as a publicist for years and know that very often, African-American press aren’t given priority by studios and larger corporations. For AFFRM, minority press is a huge focus and priority. So I wanted to go there and personally present my film to these journalists of color myself,” the 2012 Sundance Film Festival Best Director award winner said; and it’s at Sundance where I saw Middle Of Nowhere and loved it! 

The drama, which stars Emayatzy CorinealdiDavid OyelowoOmari Hardwick, Lorraine Touissaint, and Edwina Findley (shot by award-winning DP Bradford Young), was acquired jointly by Participant Media and AFFRM, to be released on October 12.

While we await that first full trailer, here’s a look at the film’s official release poster:

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To me Ava Duvernay is in entire whole other space, she's an awesome awesome filmmaker, and I don't know anybody except Robert Redford, maybe who was a deeply talented filmmaker like Ava and started a distribution company or Film fest. I just take my hat off to her. She's not a gimmick, and her films are superb and her taste is superb. I completely adore her spirit and being!!!

becca h.

Hello, I saw this at NABJ and was dizzy with happiness about it. This is my first time looking into independent movies and it is because of this movie and the director who I had the opportunity to meet this weekend in New Orleans. She talked to me after the screening because I became emotional over this movie. I have never seen a movie like this. I am a journalism student and she told me there were many more movies like this showing us being WHOLE. She gave me a list and I have Netflix cued the ones I could find. I watched Pariah last night and Night Catches Us this morning. She also told me to read this blog and I have been reading it for about two hours now and I can't believe it. I don't understand why I haven't heard of most of these movies. This is a great blog. This is a great movie. I will be keeping my postcard with this beautiful poster with her email address she gave me. It could just be valuable one day. Thanks, Becca.


I prefer the old poster, mainly because you can see the lead actress more and her beauty. I like how she is holding her man in it as well. I saw the turmoil in her. It also gave me an idea of the story. This one feels like something for the 1990 movie "GHOST."


sooooo is the film only open for NABJ members or can the public buy tickets?! *wishful thinking*


Yes, solid image with a great quote from a top newsource. The award winner laurels don't hurt the cause either. They followed the professional A, B, C's of solid one-sheet making and gave it a little soul. I like Omari Hardwick's tattoo peaking out. The intensity of David Oyelowo is palpable and the lead actress's beauty is on full display. They did a good job on this. And yes I am a poster geek.

Jana F.

Beautiful poster.


fresh that other directors and stars are supporting shadow and act type films (i.e. black n' indy). i mean – louis gossett jr is rolling out?! who even knew he was down?!

Critical Acclaim

I like it, all moody and sexy. Main girl is gorgeous.


Wow. That's beautiful. I'll see you at NABJ, Ava! Great that she's coming!

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