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Gabrielle Union is featured in the Miu Miu short film series “Women’s Tales” called “The Door” directed by Ava DuVernay. Gabrielle Union wears the Miu Miu Spring 2013 collection in the film. Gabrielle plays a women who is going through the break up of her marriage and is consoled by friends played by Emayatzy Corinealdi, Alfre Woodard and Adepero Oduye.
Ava DuVernay made her feature directorial debut with the critically-acclaimed 2008 hip hop documentary, “This is The Life.” Winner of Audience Awards in Toronto, Los Angeles and Seattle, the film debuted on Showtime in April 2009. LA WEEKLY raved, “This is The Life vaults into the upper echelons of must-see hip-hop documentaries.”
In 2010, she wrote, produced and directed the narrative feature, “I Will Follow”, starring Salli Richardson-Whitfield. Released theatrically in 2011, the family drama was hailed by critic Roger Ebert as “… one of the best films I’ve seen about the loss of a loved one.”
DuVernay directed and produced three network music documentaries in 2010. “My Mic Sounds Nice” is a definitive history of female hip hop artists. “Essence Music Festival 2010” is a two-hour concert film chronicling the nation’s largest annual African-American entertainment gathering. “Faith Through The Storm” is a documentary about black women Katrina survivors. Each film aired on BET and TV One respectively.
Previously, DuVernay worked as a film marketer and publicist for more than 14 years, forming DVA Media + Marketing in 1999. Her award-winning firm provided strategy and execution for more than 120 film and television campaigns for acclaimed directors such as Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood, Michael Mann and Bill Condon.
A UCLA graduate, DuVernay is the founder of AFFRM, the African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement and a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. She is based in Los Angeles.