A Wrinkle in Time might be the movie that finally topples Black Panther at the box office, but that didn't stop Ryan Coogler from showing love to its director, Ava DuVernay. In this article, he goes in depth about what makes Ava stand out among her peers, Coogler being one of them. The two have known each other since 2013, but Coogler maintains that it feels a lot longer than that, and as previously noted, he calls DuVernay his big sister.
A film that depicts a black protagonist-in all her fury, pain, and love-is especially radical, Ford explains, because America has continually "sought to conscript. black [women] into a toolbox for the country's deliverance".
Duvernay, whose lack of nomination for Best Director Oscar for Selma in 2015 contributed to the #OscarsSoWhite movement, is the first African-American woman to direct a film with a budget of $100 million dollars.
With Coogler's most recent film, Black Panther, speeding closer to $1 billion, the 31-year-old filmmaker from Oakland took time away from celebrating to write a touching ode on ESPN W to his friend, peer and fellow creative.
Oprah Winfrey and Reese Witherspoon are set to walk the red carpet in London for the European premiere of their film A Wrinkle In Time.
"Ava is a pioneer", he wrote, noting that she took a book that many said was "unfilmable" and adapted it into a movie that "explodes with hope, with love and with women warriors".
With A Wrinkle in Time's opening weekend competition including smaller fare like Gringo, Thoroughbreds and The Strangers: Prey at Night, it's not shocking that it was the top performer last night.
But above all, it's a film about a little black girl with glasses - like my mom, like my wife, like my big sister Ava - who refuses to accept that her dad is lost.
Ava DuVernay's A Wrinkle in Time debuted at number two bringing in an estimated $33 million.