Indie film director Ava DuVernay has become more well known in recent months, considering the fact that she made history by becoming the first black woman to be nominated for a Best Director Golden Globe for her work on “Selma.” Fans of the film and her work eagerly await the announcement of the Academy Awards nominations to see if she’ll made history there as well. “Selma,” DuVernay’s third feature, details a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.-led protest march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965.
Paramount Pictures has given Indiewire this exclusive featurette, which takes a look behind the scenes at DuVernay’s directing style (which looks incredibly fun) and some of her on-set action, which includes directing huge groups of extras. Star David Oyelowo and the queen of television herself, Oprah Winfrey, also speak of their experiences.
“I’ve never seen anyone with such intense, passionate, willful and clear direction, and yet, be such a calming force as well,” says Winfrey in the video. Check it out below:
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