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    'Venus Vs.' Review: Venus Williams Fights for Gender Equality at Wimbledon in Ava DuVernay's Rousing Sports Doc

    Ava DuVernay’s skilled documentary “Venus Vs.,” which debuts on ESPN July 2, charts Venus Williams’ two-year battle from 2005 to 2007 for equal prize money among genders at Wimbledon. In the film, sports journalist Howard Bryant explains that it takes a certain collision of factors for someone to be...

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    Review: Ava DuVernay Highlights Tennis Star's Activism in Exciting Doc 'Venus Vs.' (Airs Tonight)

    I remember the first time I saw Venus Williams on television- tall, lean, with a tennis racquet in her hand, and multicolored beads in her braids. I didn’t grow up playing or watching tennis, but there was something about her and those beads that spoke to me.

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    Interview with Ava DuVernay - Director of Venus Vs.

    Venus Vs.shows an unexpected side of Venus Williams. The film is all about the fight for equal pay for women in tennis. Billie Jean King led the charge in her day and the US Open started to pay the women and the men the same. But not Wimbledon. It took Venus Williams to carry on Billie Jean's le...

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    Venus Williams' Multiple Wimbledon Championship Dreams In New Clip From 'Venus VS'

    ESPN Films and espnW will premiere the documentary Venus Vs., directed by Ava DuVernay, as the first film in the upcoming Nine for IX series, tomorrow, July 2, at 8pm ET.

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    Lena Dunham, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ava DuVernay, Prince and Milla Jovovich Among 276 Invited to Join Academy

    It's hard to get into the Academy, but these days it helps to be young, gifted and black. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has extended invitations to 276 artists and executives to join the organization, rounding out its complete additions for 2013.

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    ESPN Films Nine for IX Doc Series Begins w/ 'Venus Vs.' On July 2 - Trailer Debuts

    ESPN Films and espnW will premiere the documentary Venus Vs., directed by Ava DuVernay, as the first film in the upcoming Nine for IX series, on July 2, at 8pm ET.

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    Watch This: Nine for IX Short Film Coach - Directed by Bess Kargman

    ESPN has released a short film in anticipation of the beginning of Nine for IX. Coach, directed by Bess Kargman and executive produced by Whoopi Goldberg, is a short documentary about C. Vivian Stringer, one of the most prolific coaches in the history of college basketball.

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    Los Angeles Film Festival Announces Line Up

    The Los Angeles Film Festival recently announced their line up. And it's great. Some of our festival favorites are screening including Lake Bell's In A World, Stacie Passon's Concussion, Short Term 12, Haifaa Al Mansour's Wadjda amongst many others.

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    Watch: The Video That Constantly Inspires Sundance-Winning Director Ava DuVernay

    Earlier this week, "Middle of Nowhere" director and African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement founder Ava DuVernay was the keynote speaker at the American Film Institute's Directing Workshop for Women. DuVernay, who won the U.S. dramatic directing award at last year's Sundance, gave brief r...

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    The Directing Workshop for Women 2013 Showcase

    On Monday night I stepped into the Directors Guild Building for the first time to attend the annual showcase for the AFI's Directing Workshop for Women My feelings about that place are pretty negative. My general perception is that the people who run the show over there don't give a shit about wom...

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