Ava DuVernay, Constance Wu and Jessica Chastain reunited to share their stories of fighting for representation and inclusion in the film industry for the April cover story for Marie Claire.
DuVernay told the publication in an article published Thursday that she remains a “generalist,” working on projects for both the big and small screens – and despite the hurdles that she faces as a black woman in the industry.
An annual 2019 USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative report revealed that women of color were “nearly invisible in film production – whether as directors, producers, or in below-the-line crew positions,” according to Stacy Smith, the initiative’s founder and director.
DuVernay added she is “consistently working as a black woman filmmaker in a space that is not very welcoming to black women filmmakers.”
She also shared that giving up a writing credit for her critically acclaimed 2014 film “Selma” was her “biggest career mistake so far.”
British screenwriter Paul Webb wrote the original screenplay but DuVernay has said that her work to rewrite and reshape the script was substantial.
I worked with @ConstanceWu and @Jes_Chastain on my Jay-Z project a couple years ago. They played a founder mother of the United States and a futuristic investigative journalist. @MarieClaire got us together to talk about more future, more power, more sisterhood. Love to you both. pic.twitter.com/HELXU7oy9I— Ava DuVernay (@ava) March 7, 2019