Before Ava DuVernay teamed with “Selma” star David Oyelowo to follow up her celebrated feature “Middle of Nowhere,” she was commended by film critic Roger Ebert for her extraordinary work on “I Will Follow.” In 2010, Ebert wrote that it was “one of the best films [he’d] seen about the loss of a loved one” three years before he died in 2013.
The Toronto Film Festival is now set to honor DuVernay with the Roger Ebert Tribute award, sensibly referred to as the Golden Thumb Award, presented by his late wife, Chaz Ebert, and Festival Artistic Director Cameron Bailey. Martin Scorsese, a past Golden Thumb recipient, was praised by Ebert as the American Fellini. It’s fitting that these two directors, who have both been championed by Ebert and TIFF, will now join a select circle dedicated to preserving his legacy.
DuVernay will receive the coveted Golden Thumb Award at the festival’s Ebert Tribute luncheon this Sunday, September the 13th. More info here.