Ava Duvernay strikes again with another win as the first Black woman to direct a film over 100 million dollars. Duvernay’s new Disney film “A Wrinkle In Time”, which is a film adaptation of the children’s series with the same name.
The movie will also receive 18 million dollars in tax credits from the state of California which is also monumental because typically major studios did not qualify for tax breaks. The break is beneficial to Duvernay’s production crew and costs, allowing them to do and spend more within the state.
Oprah Winfrey, who is star in the movie as Mrs. Which, took to Twitter to congratulate Duvernay. To which she tweeted the above pictured message,”Ava Duvernay Will Be First African American Woman to Helm $100 Million Film- Women and Hollywood Yay @AVAETC! (clapping emojis) https://blog.womenandhollywood.com/ava…”
In the blog link Winfrey shared, it states that Duvernay’s had worked her way up the studio tentpole, evolving from low budget films, like “I Will Follow” which was made for $50k and continuing to direct with bigger budgets over the course of five years. It is said that that is uncommon for female directors.