Ava Duvernay Net Worth

The work of this person usually is unnoticed. Only true cinema lovers really appreciate directors and their input into making a full motion picture. Ava DuVernay is definitely a powerhouse in the movie industry. A Film Director, Publicist, Screenwriter, Film Producer, Filmmaker legend, this unknown bred American has had tons of successes behind the scenes of large budget blockbusters and smaller movies. Born on unknown, Ava DuVernay was raised in a home with Darlene Maye, Joseph DuVernay, Jr. Jina DuVernay. Later on, this director went to and graduated University of California, Los Angeles which allowed a talent like this to grow and develop. A unknown tall director had and has a family of unknown unknown. Many successful projects have been realised under the supervision of Ava DuVernay. Such success has amassed a fortune of $3 Million for Ava DuVernay.

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Ava Duvernay was born in Long Beach, but raised in Lynwood, California. During her childhood, she also spent a lot of time near Selma, Alabama, where her father, Murray Maye, was born. Duvernay was raised by her father, who owned a carpeting business. Having finished Saint Joseph High School, she enrolled at the University of California, where she majored with a double degree in English and African American studies. Her first love was journalism, and she worked as an intern for CBS News for a time, covering the O. J. Simpson trial. However, she later moved to marketing and public relation, having grown disillusioned with journalism. She founded her own public relations firm, The Duvernay Agency, which focused on movie marketing, specifically for African American audiences. Having spent so much time around the film industry at this point, Duvernay became inspired to make her own films.

Her directorial debut, “This Is Life” (2008), revolved around alternative hip-hop artists, reflecting Duvernay’s long lasting love of hip-hop. She continued in the same direction with her second directorial piece, “My Mic Sounds Nice: The Truth About Women in Hip Hop” (2010), and in the same year, she finally make a breakthrough into feature film, when she directed and wrote the independent drama film “I Will Follow” (2010), which starred Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Beverly Todd, and Omari Hardwick; the film was praised by the critics, especially by the noted film critic, the late Roger Ebert. Her second film, “Middle of Nowhere” (2012) earned a spot at the Sundance Film Festival; it was another independent feature, starring Emayatzy Corinealdi, David Oyelowo, Omari Hardwick and Lorraine Toussaint. It earned the Directing Award for US Dramatic Film at Sundance.

Duvernay’s next feature film put her on the map as one of the most promising newcomers. In 2014, she directed a historical drama film entitled “Selma”, which told the story of the Civil Rights Movement, including the 1965 protest marches from Selma to Montgomery, led by Martin Luther King, Jr. The film featured a stellar cast, including David Oyelowo as Dr. King, then Tom Wilkinson, Tim Roth, Carmen Ejogo, and the rapper Common. The film was nominated for several Golden Globe and Academy Awards, winning both for Best Original Song.

Continuing her rise to prominence as one of the leading voices for African American rights in Hollywood, she next directed the documentary “13th” (2016), which opened the New York Film Festival. The documentary revolves around school-to-prison pipeline, and mass incarceration of African American men, within the USA prison-industrial complex, and was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 2017 Academy Awards.

Confirming her newly-acquired status in Hollywood, Duvernay was in talks to direct “Black Panther”, the new superhero entry in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. However, she decided to adapt the classic children’s novel, “A Wrinkle In Time” instead; the film is scheduled to release in 2018.

Duvernay supports African American writes, and she is a founder of AFFRM, the African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement, meant to uplift the voices of black people. She will go down in history as the first African American woman to win the Best Director Prize at Sundance Film Festival, as well as first black female director to be nominated for a Golden Globe Award.

When it comes to her personal life, and relationships, Ava has been spotted with actor and rapper Common.

Structural info

  • Full Name: Ava DuVernay
  • Net Worth: $3 Million
  • Date Of Birth: August 24, 1972
  • Place Of Birth: Long Beach, California, United States
  • Profession: Film Director, Publicist, Screenwriter, Film Producer, Filmmaker
  • Education: University of California, Los Angeles
  • Nationality: American
  • Parents: Darlene Maye, Joseph DuVernay, Jr.
  • Siblings: Jina DuVernay
  • Nicknames: Ava Marie DuVernay
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/directher
  • Twitter: https://twitter.com/ava
  • Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/directher/
  • IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1148550/
  • Awards: Independent Spirit John Cassavetes Award, BAFTA Award for Best Documentary, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Writing in a Dramatic Series, Glamour Award for Film Maker, Critics’ Choice Documentary Award Best Director (TV/Streaming)
  • Nominations: Golden Globe Award for Best Director – Motion Picture
  • Movies: 13th, Selma, The Door, Middle of Nowhere, I Will Follow, This Is the Life, A Wrinkle in Time, My Mic Sounds Nice: The Truth About Women in Hip Hop, TV One Night Only: Live from the Essence Music Festival
  • TV Shows: Queen Sugar


  • [on filming ‘Selma’ in the same area of Alabama where she grew up] I never approached it as, ‘Oh my God, I’m making a film about Mr. King’. I just focused on making a film about an ordinary man doing extraordinary things in a place I know very well.
  • We’re told that independent film lovers… folks that are used to watching art house films, won’t come out and see a film with black people in it – I’ve been told that in rooms, big rooms, studio rooms, and I know that’s not true.
  • Positive characterizations are complex characterizations. That’s all we need to know. They shouldn’t be saccharine. They shouldn’t feel like medicine.
  • I didn’t go to film school. I got my education on the set as a niche publicist in the film industry.
  • You know, often films that are deemed positive, nobody wants to see them.
  • I tell the stories that are of interest to me.
  • I think that women definitely have a special bond as friends that is hard to describe to men, and we don’t often see that portrayed narratively.
  • I think for female filmmakers a big issue is making their second and third films.
  • I just don’t think there’s a lot of support for the woman’s voice in cinema, and it becomes really difficult to raise that money and start again every time.
  • I really admire Werner Herzog and Spike Lee. They’re amazing documentarians. If you took away all the narratives, they’d just be amazing documentarians.
  • I think good publicists are just like good mommies – always looking out, making sure folks are comfortable and making sure that folks are on time and making sure that folks are getting what they need and know what they need to do.
  • I’ve been to Sundance eight times as a publicist and thought I was very prepared. I mean, who could’ve been more prepared for me? A publicist who’s been there eight times. Getting there as a filmmaker was a completely surreal, different, unexpected experience.
  • As long as you’re in an environment where the worth of the project isn’t based on the project but what its predecessors did, it’s not truly inclusive.
  • I didn’t start out thinking that I could ever make films. I started out being a film lover, loving films, and wanting to have a job that put me close to them and close to filmmakers and close to film sets.
  • I make films about black women and it doesn’t mean that you can’t see them as a black man, doesn’t mean that he can’t see them as a white man or she can’t see them as a white woman.
  • I don’t understand the iPhone. I just don’t get it. Don’t ya’ll have to write serious emails throughout the day? How can you possibly manage detailed missives on a phone with no keys?
  • All the traditional models for doing things are collapsing; from music to publishing to film, and it’s a wide open door for people who are creative to do what they need to do without having institutions block their art.
  • I think that if we really want to break it down, that non-black filmmakers have had many, many years and many, many opportunities to tell many, many stories about themselves, and black filmmakers have not had as many years, as many opportunities, as many films to explore the nuances of our reality.
  • Filmmakers need to realize that their job isn’t done when they lock picture. We must see our films through.
  • All the films I do, I write the scripts, I direct.
  • I wish I could be the black woman Soderbergh, and put the camera on my shoulder and shoot beautifully while I directed.
  • In documentaries, there’s a truth that unfolds unnaturally, and you get to chronicle it. In narratives, you have to create the situations so that the truth will come out.
  • I think I am a little jealous of women who have great girlfriends as adults.
  • If you’re doing something outside of dominant culture, there’s not an easy place for you. You will have to do it yourself.
  • I’m a prison abolitionist because the prison system as it is set up is just not working. It’s horrible.
  • When I’m marketing a film, whether its mine or someone else’s, I work with a great deal of strategy and elbow grease until the job is done.
  • Film school was a privilege I could not afford.
  • Be passionate and move forward with gusto every single hour of every single day until you reach your goal.


  • Older sister of Jina DuVernay.
  • She is the first black female director to be nominated for a Golden Globe Award. She received the nomination for her film Selma (2014).
  • In June 2013, she was invited to join both the director’s and writer’s branches of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She is only the second black woman, following Kasi Lemmons, to be invited to the director’s branch.
  • In 2012, she became the first African American woman to win the Best Director Prize at Sundance Film Festival. She won the award for her second feature, Middle of Nowhere (2012).
  • Founder of AFFRM, the African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement.


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Monster-in-Law 2005 promotional services
King’s Ransom 2005 promotional services
Guess Who 2005 promotional services – uncredited
Kojak 2005 TV Series promotional services
Beauty Shop 2005 promotional services – uncredited
Diary of a Mad Black Woman 2005 talent consultant
Constellation 2005 unit publicist
Are We There Yet? 2005 promotional services
Assault on Precinct 13 2005 publicity consultant
Joy Road 2004 publicity agent
Fade to Black 2004 Documentary publicity consultant
Hair Show 2004 publicist
Second Time Around 2004/I TV Series publicist
Shark Tale 2004 publicity consultant
Collateral 2004 publicity consultant
I, Robot 2004 promotional services
Spider-Man 2 2004 promotional services
White Chicks 2004 promotional services
The Terminal 2004 publicity consultant – uncredited
Dance 360 2004 TV Series publicist
Nora’s Hair Salon 2004 publicist
Man on Fire 2004 promotional services – uncredited
My Date with Drew 2004 Documentary publicist
Johnson Family Vacation 2004 promotional services
Twisted 2004/I promotional services
Against the Ropes 2004 promotional services
Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story 2004 TV Movie publicity consultant
Barbershop 2: Back in Business 2004 promotional services
Chisholm ’72: Unbought & Unbossed 2004 Documentary publicity consultant
Honey 2003 promotional services
Radio 2003 promotional services – uncredited
Good Boy! 2003 promotional services – uncredited
The Fighting Temptations 2003 promotional services
Out of Time 2003/I promotional services – uncredited / publicity consultant – uncredited
S.W.A.T. 2003 promotional services
Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas 2003 promotional services
Deliver Us from Eva 2003 publicity consultant – uncredited / unit publicist – uncredited
Biker Boyz 2003 unit publicist
Dark Blue 2002 unit publicist
Half Past Dead 2002 publicist
Baadasssss Cinema 2002 TV Movie documentary publicity consultant
Street Time 2002 TV Series publicist
G 2002 promotional services – uncredited
The Rosa Parks Story 2002 TV Movie publicity consultant
Roots: Celebrating 25 Years 2002 TV Movie publicist
Formula 51 2001 publicity consultant
Two Can Play That Game 2001 publicity consultant
Ghosts of Mars 2001 publicity consultant
Spy Kids 2001 publicity consultant
Dracula 2000 2000 publicity consultant
City of Angels 2000 TV Series publicist – 23 episodes
Half Past Autumn: The Life and Works of Gordon Parks 2000 TV Movie documentary publicity consultant
King of the Jungle 2000 publicist
The District 2000 TV Series publicity consultant
Girlfriends 2000 TV Series publicist
Judge Hatchett 2000 TV Series publicity consultant
Scary Movie 2000 publicity consultant
The Visit 2000/I publicist
The Debut 2000 publicist
Lumumba 2000 publicity consultant
Dancing in September 2000 publicist
Trois 2000 publicity consultant
Punks 2000 publicist
What’s Cooking? 2000 publicity consultant – uncredited
Held Up 1999 publicity consultant
Third World Cop 1999 publicity consultant
Candyman: Day of the Dead 1999 Video unit publicist
Catfish in Black Bean Sauce 1999 publicist
Life Itself 2014 Documentary archival stills and footage courtesy of
The Help 2011 unit publicity – uncredited
Cop Out 2010 publicity consultant
Invictus 2009 publicity consultant – uncredited
Good Hair 2009 Documentary promotional services
Why We Laugh: Black Comedians on Black Comedy 2009 Documentary publicist
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa 2008 promotional services
The Secret Life of Bees 2008 production publicist – uncredited
American Violet 2008 promotional services
A Good Day to Be Black & Sexy 2008 publicist
Rush Hour 3 2007 promotional services
Hairspray 2007 promotional services – uncredited
Shrek the Third 2007 promotional services
Lincoln Heights 2007 TV Series publicity consultant – 7 episodes
How She Move 2007 publicity consultant
Dreamgirls 2006 publicity consultant
My Brother 2006 national publicist
Dirty Laundry 2006/I publicist
Waist Deep 2006 publicist
Over the Hedge 2006 publicity consultant
The Adventures of Brer Rabbit 2006 Video publicity consultant
Take the Lead 2006 promotional services
Preaching to the Choir 2005 publicist
Domino 2005 promotional services
Roll Bounce 2005 promotional services
Cry_Wolf 2005 publicity consultant – uncredited
Harsh Times 2005 special publicist
Stealth 2005 promotional services
The Island 2005 publicity consultant
Madagascar 2005 publicity consultant
Back in the Day 2005 publicist
Title Year Status Character
Battle of Versailles TV Movie announced
Queen Sugar TV Series creator – 14 episodes, 2017 created for television by – 13 episodes, 2016 created by – 2 episodes, 2017 written by – 1 episode, 2016 teleplay by – 1 episode, 2016 television story by – 1 episode, 2016
13th 2016 Documentary written by
The Door 2013/VIII Short
Middle of Nowhere 2012 written by
Grace 2011/IV Short
Essence Presents: Faith in 2010 2010 TV Movie
I Will Follow 2010
TV One Night Only: Live from the Essence Music Festival 2010 TV Movie written by
This Is the Life 2008 Documentary writer
Saturday Night Life 2006 Short
Title Year Status Character
Battle of Versailles TV Movie executive producer announced
Queen Sugar 2016-2017 TV Series executive producer – 27 episodes
13th 2016 Documentary producer – produced by
For Justice 2015 TV Movie executive producer
Selma 2014 executive producer
Hello Beautiful: Interludes with John Legend 2013 TV Movie producer
Nine for IX 2013 TV Series documentary producer – 1 episode
The Door 2013/VIII Short producer
99%: The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film 2013 Documentary associate producer
Middle of Nowhere 2012 producer
Black Girls Rock! 2011 2011 TV Movie segment producer
I Will Follow 2010 producer
My Mic Sounds Nice: The Truth About Women in Hip Hop 2010 TV Movie documentary executive producer
Compton in C Minor 2009 Short producer
This Is the Life 2008 Documentary producer
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A Wrinkle in Time 2018 post-production
Battle of Versailles TV Movie announced
13th 2016 Documentary
Queen Sugar 2016 TV Series 2 episodes
For Justice 2015 TV Movie
Selma 2014
Scandal 2013 TV Series 1 episode
Nine for IX 2013 TV Series documentary 1 episode
The Door 2013/VIII Short
Middle of Nowhere 2012
Essence Presents: Faith in 2010 2010 TV Movie
I Will Follow 2010
My Mic Sounds Nice: The Truth About Women in Hip Hop 2010 TV Movie documentary
TV One Night Only: Live from the Essence Music Festival 2010 TV Movie
Compton in C Minor 2009 Short
This Is the Life 2008 Documentary
Saturday Night Life 2006 Short
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Being Mary Jane 2014 TV Series Activist
Assistant Director
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Black Girls Rock! 2011 2011 TV Movie segment director
Editorial Department
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Selma 2014 rewrite – unconfirmed, uncredited
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Forgotten Sunset 2016 Short special thanks completed
Seto Surya 2016 thanks
Life Itself 2014 Documentary special thanks
Title Year Status Character
13th: A Conversation with Oprah Winfrey & Ava DuVernay 2017 Video documentary short Herself
Chelsea 2016 TV Series Herself – Guest
CBS This Morning 2016 TV Series Herself
The Daily Show 2015-2016 TV Series Herself – Guest
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert 2016 TV Series Herself – Guest
Today 2016 TV Series Herself – Guest
The Insider 2014-2016 TV Series Herself / Herself – Selma
Essence Ninth Annual Black Women in Hollywood 2016 TV Movie Herself
Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché 2016 Documentary Herself
Access Hollywood Live 2015 TV Series Herself
Good Morning America 2014-2015 TV Series Herself – Guest
5TH NAFCA: African Oscar 2015 TV Movie Herself – Nominee: Best Director in a Foreign Film
The 365Black Awards 2015 TV Movie Herself – Honoree
Black Girls Rock! 2015 TV Movie Herself
La noche de los Oscar 2015 TV Movie Herself
Countdown to the Oscars: 15 Movies That Changed American Cinema 2015 TV Movie Herself
60 Minutes 2015 TV Series documentary Herself – Filmmaker (segment “Selma”)
The 46th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2015 TV Special Herself – Presenter
Film ’72 2015 TV Series Herself – Interviewee
Tavis Smiley 2015 TV Series Herself – Guest
72nd Golden Globe Awards 2015 TV Special Herself – Nominee
Made in Hollywood 2014 TV Series Herself
Entertainment Tonight 2014 TV Series Herself – Selma
Life Itself 2014 Documentary Herself
Ava DuVernay: An IU Cinema Exclusive 2013 Video short Herself
Melissa Harris-Perry 2013 TV Series Herself
The 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards 2013 TV Special Herself – Nominee
Don’t Sleep! Hosted by T. J. Holmes 2012 TV Series Herself – Panelist
Archive Footage
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Extra 2017 TV Series Herself
Entertainment Tonight 2015 TV Series Herself


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