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Ava DuVernay, Lena Waithe & Jessica Chastain Talk About The Benefits Of A Streaming Future

Ava DuVernay, Lena Waithe & Jessica Chastain Talk About The Benefits Of A Streaming Future
If you’re reading this article, odds are, you go the movies fairly often. And, if you live in a major city, perhaps you’re a fan of supporting smaller releases, when you’re able. But where films are projected was once dubbed the Picture Palace for a reason; big movies cost big money and they are a product of privilege. Streaming possibilities have changed this significantly, however, and for hard-working women, in particular.

Ava DuVernay, creator, co-writer and director of the new Netflix series, “When They See Us,” has spoken in the past about the lack of opportunity for female filmmakers to direct big-budget drama films, and in a new New York Times article – featuring over 20 other respected industry professionals – she also claims that her Netflix documentary “13th,” was seen by far more people than her theatrically released film, “Selma,” a holiday release that received a big Oscar campaign,
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‘Queen Sugar’ Dp on How Ava DuVernay Encourages Creativity on the Own Series

  • Variety
‘Queen Sugar’ Dp on How Ava DuVernay Encourages Creativity on the Own Series
Cinematographer Kira Kelly, who earned an Emmy nomination for her work on Ava DuVernay’s “13th,” feels that her time spent on nonfiction projects over the past two decades has improved her ability to cope with the demands of shooting narrative fare.

The scaled-down resources — often just Kelly and maybe a focus puller or a gaffer — have created a capacity for improvisation. “You have to light, set up and block the scene quickly,” she says of her time on a clutch of micro-budget productions. “[I’m able] to walk into a room or onto a set and know where the best places for the camera are, the lighting, and to do it fast.”

Shortly after “13th,” Kelly landed a gig on “Queen Sugar,” DuVernay’s Own drama about three siblings who move to Louisiana to run a massive sugarcane farm they inherited from their father. Kelly splits Dp duties with Antonio Calvache, who
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‘When They See Us’ Sees More Real-World Fallout, As Prosecutor Resigns Professorship

‘When They See Us’ Sees More Real-World Fallout, As Prosecutor Resigns Professorship
When They See Us” is continuing to generate real-world consequences. Last week, Central Park Five prosecutor Linda Fairstein began to remove herself from public life amid backlash from her portrayal in Ava DuVernay’s Netflix miniseries. This week, a colleague finds herself in the same position. Variety reports that Elizabeth Lederer, a Manhattan district attorney at the time of the infamous trial, has resigned from a part-time teaching position at Columbia Law School.

Lederer, a lead prosecutor in the trial that falsely convicted five young men of rape, is portrayed by Vera Farmiga in the series. While continuing to prosecute rape and murder cases, she has gone on to teach law at the prestigious university. But with “When They See Us” bringing the 1989 case back into the limelight, students quickly called for her removal.

Columbia’s Black Law Students Association put out a blistering statement, referencing Lederer’s “harmful, racist tactics.
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The ‘When They See Us’ Central Park Five Finale Is a Solitary Confinement Mini-Movie

The ‘When They See Us’ Central Park Five Finale Is a Solitary Confinement Mini-Movie
Ava DuVernay pulled an unexpected surprise with her Netflix limited series, “When They See Us,” about the notorious Central Park 5 jogger case, giving special attention to the Korey Wise (Jharrel Jerome) prison ordeal in the Part 4 finale, cut by her go-to editor Spencer Averick.

After introducing the five Harlem youths and their families in the first three parts, taking us through their horrific loss of innocence and freedom as a result of racial and social injustice from police and prosecution alike, culminating with the release of the four youngest ex-cons, DuVernay turned inward with a mini-movie about Wise’s brutal incarceration in adult prison for more than a decade, spent primarily in solitary confinement.

Wise always maintained that it was the Central Park 4 Plus 1. And now we learn why. He was the odd boy out, who wasn’t even present at the Central Park scene of the crime in 1989, but
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The ‘When They See Us’ Central Park 5 Finale Is a Solitary Confinement Mini-Movie

The ‘When They See Us’ Central Park 5 Finale Is a Solitary Confinement Mini-Movie
Ava DuVernay pulled an unexpected surprise with her Netflix limited series, “When They See Us,” about the notorious Central Park 5 jogger case, giving special attention to the Korey Wise (Jharrel Jerome) prison ordeal in the Part 4 finale, cut by her go-to editor Spencer Averick.

After introducing the five Harlem youths and their families in the first three parts, taking us through their horrific loss of innocence and freedom as a result of racial and social injustice from police and prosecution alike, culminating with the release of the four youngest ex-cons, DuVernay turned inward with a mini-movie about Wise’s brutal incarceration in adult prison for more than a decade, spent primarily in solitary confinement.

Wise always maintained that it was the Central Park 4 Plus 1. And now we learn why. He was the odd boy out, who wasn’t even present at the Central Park scene of the crime in 1989, but
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‘When They See Us’: Central Park Five Prosecutor Linda Fairstein Faces Backlash After Series Release

Thirty years after the criminal case that tore New York City apart and forever altered the lives of five innocent young men, former Manhattan sex-crimes prosecutor Linda Fairstein is beginning to feel the heat for her involvement in the “Central Park Five” case, thanks to the recent release of Ava DuVernay’s Netflix miniseries “When They See Us.”

Shadow and Act reports that Fairstein, “one of the central figures responsible for the wrongful prosecution and incarceration” of Korey Wise, Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana, and Yusef Salaam “is rapidly being removed from or resigning from her positions on boards, groups, and more” while retailers are being advised “to stop carrying the true crime novels she wrote based on her time as a prosecutor.”

In the series, Fairstein’s alleged coercion of the five young men known as the Central Park Five, which resulted in their issuing of false confessions
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How Ava DuVernay’s ’13th’ Laid the Foundation for the Racial Injustice in ‘When They See Us’

How Ava DuVernay’s ’13th’ Laid the Foundation for the Racial Injustice in ‘When They See Us’
Ava DuVernay’s documentary “13th” (2016) and now her limited series out today, “When They See Us”, may as well be the first two titles in a trilogy on the history and legacy of racial injustice in the United States. The completion to a potential triptych of these Netflix originals could bring the themes tackled in the first two directly into the present day – a time when revisionist slogans like “Make America Great Again” can win elections, as the once promise of a post-racially harmonious America that many had the audacity to hope for is shattered.

Exploring the intersection of race and justice in the United States from a historical perspective, “13th” (referring to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution) makes a direct connection between slavery and mass incarceration, serving as a bridge between the ignored harsh truths uncovered in Sam Pollard’s eye-opening 2012 feature documentary “Slavery By Another Name” and Angela Davis’ incendiary 1997 missive,
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‘When They See Us’ reviews: Netflix limited series is ‘impassioned,’ ‘personal’ and ‘the most important TV event of the year’

‘When They See Us’ reviews: Netflix limited series is ‘impassioned,’ ‘personal’ and ‘the most important TV event of the year’
Ava DuVernay‘s four-part Netflix limited series “When They See Us” premiered on May 31, just in time for Emmy eligibility. The docudrama tells the true story of the teenagers known as the Central Park Five, who were wrongly convicted of the 1989 rape of a New York City jogger and weren’t exonerated until 2002. It’s one of the most critically acclaimed programs of the season.

As of this writing “When They See Us” has a MetaCritic score of 88 based on 15 reviews, of which 14 are positive and only 1 is mixed. It’s also 88% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes based on 24 reviews (only 3 of which are classified as negative). It’s being described as “impassioned,” “profoundly rich,” “personal” and “the most important TV event of the year.”

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So will it win Emmys? True crime dramas have done well in recent years, with FX’s “The People v.
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The Best TV Shows to Binge and Where to Watch Them – June 2019

The Best TV Shows to Binge and Where to Watch Them – June 2019
The threat of winter came and went, dying an ignominious death. That’s right. The massive final season of “Game of Thrones” is over now, and even though some fans are still bitter and demanding a blood price, most of us can move on and devote our brains and eyeballs to other TV. Yes, there is life after “Thrones.” The pack survives.

There’s no time like the present to start a new TV binge — whether it’s to fill the “Game of Thrones” void in your brain, to relax your brain from all of the prestige shows airing for awards consideration, or simply to catch up on all the shows you missed. Besides, what you binge now could be an opportunity to prepare you for some of the bigger premieres coming your way.

For example, “Big Little Lies” is back for its second season despite the show having first arrived as a limited series.
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‘When They See Us’ is a good bet to nab Netflix’s inaugural series win at the Emmys

Just in time to meet the Primetime Emmy Awards deadline, Netflix is dropping all four episodes of its newest limited series “When They See Us,” directed by Academy Award nominee and Emmy winner Ava DuVernay, on Friday, May 31. While Netflix has recently dominated in the nominations, even leading in total bids last year, it has yet to win a top series prize, outside of its back-to-back Best TV Movie wins for “Black Mirror: San Junipero” (2017) and “Black Mirror: USS Callister” (2018). “When They See Us” could be one of its contenders to finally get the streaming service across the finish line for a series award.

The show is about the notorious Central Park jogger case, when five teenage boys of color — four African-American and one Hispanic — were coerced into giving false confessions in the assault and rape of a white 28-year-old female jogger in Central Park in 1989. Due to the creation
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Ava DuVernay Joins TCM to Discuss 'The Essentials'

Ava DuVernay Joins TCM to Discuss 'The Essentials'
Oscar-nominated filmmaker Ava DuVernay is joining Ben Mankiewicz for the latest round of The Essentials on Saturday nights on Turner Classic Movies.

The director behind such films as Selma (2014), 13th (2016) and A Wrinkle in Time (2018) will sit down with the TCM primetime host to introduce a hand-picked movie and offer commentary on its cultural significance, its influence on other films, behind-the-scenes stories and personal reflections.

The new season premieres May 4 at 5 p.m. Pt with a screening of best picture winner Marty (1955), starring Ernest Borgnine. Cabin in the Sky (1943), West Side Story (1961), Dog Day Afternoon (1975), La Pointe Courte (1955),...
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‘When They See Us’ Official Trailer: Ava DuVernay’s Netflix Series Takes a Stirring Look at Central Park Five

Following a highly effective teaser trailer in March, Netflix has debuted the soul-stirring official trailer for Ava DuVernay’s “When They See Us.” The four-part limited series brings the headline-making trial of the Central Park Five to a human level as DuVernay gives a voice to the four teenagers who were falsely accused and convicted of rape.

The official synopsis from Netflix reads: “Based on a true story that gripped the country, ‘When They See Us’ chronicles the notorious case of five teenagers of color, labeled the Central Park Five, who were convicted of a rape they did not commit. The series focuses on the five teenagers from Harlem — Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise. Beginning in the spring of 1989, when the teenagers were first questioned about the incident, the series spans 25 years, highlighting their exoneration in 2002 and the settlement reached with the city of
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Disney+ Announces Nonfiction Slate, Signs Deal With ‘Chef’s Table’ Producer Supper Club

  • Variety
As its burgeoning fiction slate continues to shuffle and take shape, Disney+ has announced its slate of nonfiction content, which will include the return of the Kristen Bell musical recreation show “Encore!,” as well as a project from Kelly Ripa and Mark ConsuelosMilojo Productions.

The streaming platform has also inked a two-year deal with documentary specialists Supper Club, Variety has learned.

Under the pact, the trio of Brian McGinn, David Gelb and Jason Sterman (pictured above left to right), who are behind award-winning docs including “Chef’s Table,” “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” and “13th,” will create both franchise-based and original-concept nonfiction programming for the streaming service, as well as other platforms and networks under the Disney umbrella.

“We are thrilled Jason, David and Brian will bring their distinct perspectives and genuine narrative vision exclusively to Disney,” said Agnes Chu, Svp of Content at Disney+. “As some of the world’s greatest nonfiction storytellers,
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Ava DuVernay Sets Romance Anthology Series "Cherish the Day" at OWN (Exclusive)

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Ava DuVernay Sets Romance Anthology Series
The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) has given out a straight-to-series order for an anthology that hails from Ava DuVernay, Variety has learned exclusively.

The series is titled “Cherish the Day.” Each season, the anthology series chronicles the romance of one couple, with each episode spanning a single day. The season-long narrative will unfold to reveal significant moments in a relationship that compel people to hold true to the ones they love, from the extraordinary to the everyday. The show is currently slated to debut in winter 2020.

“Own is home,” DuVernay said. “I’m honored to create television for a network headed by an artist with spectacular vision and unbridled passion for the stories that we want to tell.”

This marks the second series that DuVernay has at Own. She also developed the series adaptation of the novel “Queen Sugar” for the network in addition to serving as director and executive producer on the series.
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The 9 Best Documentaries About the American Political System — IndieWire Critics Survey

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday.

This week’s question: What is the best documentary about the American political system?

“13th”

Anne McCarthy (@annemitchmcc), Teen Vogue, Ms. Magazine, Bonjour Paris

Although “13th” is, in effect – at face value – about the U.S. prison system, that’s not entirely what it’s about. Ava DuVernay’s Oscar-nominated 2016 documentary illustrates with poise and punch just how the U.S. political system and the government directly contributed to the highly problematic American prison system as we know it today. From President Clinton’s “3 Strikes” rule, President Reagan’s crack-down on crack cocaine, and more, we see the correlations between political acts and overcrowded jails, wrongly convicted inmates, and young lives lost at the hands of the people who are supposed to protect them. In an ideal world, every American would see this film.
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Netflix Responds to Steven Spielberg’s Push to Block Streaming Movies From the Oscars

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Netflix is not kowtowing to Steven Spielberg’s push to keep streaming movies out of the Oscars.

“We love cinema,” Netflix began a Sunday night tweet.

It continued:

“Here are some things we also love:

-Access for people who can’t always afford, or live in towns without, theaters

-Letting everyone, everywhere enjoy releases at the same time

-Giving filmmakers more ways to share art”

“These things are not mutually exclusive,” the Twitter post concluded.

We love cinema. Here are some things we also love:

-Access for people who can't always afford, or live in towns without, theaters

-Letting everyone, everywhere enjoy releases at the same time

-Giving filmmakers more ways to share art

These things are not mutually exclusive.

— Netflix Film (@NetflixFilm) March 4, 2019

Also Read: Steven Spielberg's Push for Oscar Rule Change Reignites Movie Theater vs Netflix Debate

Though it did not mention Spielberg, the tweet was a pretty
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Spielberg to Voice Concerns Over Netflix Oscar Competition at Academy Meeting

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Spielberg to Voice Concerns Over Netflix Oscar Competition at Academy Meeting
Steven Spielberg, who has been a familiar voice in the outcry against Netflix films receiving equal treatment at the Oscars as theatrical releases, will speak about the issue at the next Academy meeting.

Spielberg, as the Academy Governor of the directors branch, will be supporting changes to the awards rules at the annual post-Oscars meeting.

“Steven feels strongly about the difference between the streaming and theatrical situation,” an Amblin spokesperson told Indiewire. “He’ll be happy if the others will join [his campaign] when that comes up [at the Academy Board of Governors meeting]. He will see what happens.”

The legendary director has spoken out in the past about his belief that Netflix films should only be eligible for Emmys rather than Oscars. However, it’s unclear what specific rule changes he would advocate for.

“Once you commit to a television format, you’re a TV movie,” he told ITV News in March 2018. “You certainly, if it’s a good show,
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Ava DuVernay’s Central Park Five drama on Netflix gets a title, teaser and premiere date: ‘When They See Us’ debuts on … [Watch]

Ava DuVernay’s Central Park Five drama on Netflix gets a title, teaser and premiere date: ‘When They See Us’ debuts on … [Watch]
We’ve known for a couple of years now that filmmaker Ava DuVernay has been working on a Netflix limited series about the Central Park Five, and now that four-part drama has an official title and premiere date. “When They See Us” debuts on the streaming service on May 31, just in time to qualify for this year’s Emmys. Will it be a winner?

When They See Us” tells the true story of the five teenage boys, all black or Hispanic, who were wrongly arrested, tried and convicted for the rape of a white woman in 1989. They spent years in prison, and Donald Trump even took out ads calling for them to be executed. But their convictions were vacated in 2002 after they were exonerated by DNA evidence and the confession of a convicted murderer and rapist already in prison at the time. They sued the city and were awarded a $41 million settlement in 2014. Nevertheless,
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‘When They See Us’ First Trailer: Ava DuVernay’s Central Park Five Series Gets Release Date

‘When They See Us’ First Trailer: Ava DuVernay’s Central Park Five Series Gets Release Date
The creative partnership of Ava DuVernay and online streaming giant Netflix has already led to an increased attention to the history of racial injustice in America. Now, a dramatized version of one of the country’s most infamous shortcomings of the country’s judicial system is looking to continue that focus. Netflix has released a first look for their next project with the “Wrinkle in Time” director: “When They See Us,” an upcoming DuVernay-directed limited series premiering later this year.

Starring an impressive ensemble and co-written by Robin Swicord, Attica Locke, and Michael Starrbury, the four-part series will go beyond April 1989, when five men — Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana, and Korey Wise, collectively known as the “Central Park Five” — were charged with the assault of a young woman jogging through Central Park. As hinted in the trailer below, the series will follow the title group of men
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Ava DuVernay, Lisa Nishimura, Casey Bloys Among New TV Academy Exec Committee Members

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Ava DuVernay, Lisa Nishimura, Casey Bloys Among New TV Academy Exec Committee Members
Emmy winner and Oscar nominee Ava DuVernay is among the six notable industry figures who have been appointed to the Television Academy’s executive committee by new chairman/CEO Frank Scherma.

DuVernay, whose recent TV credits include the documentary “13th” and drama “Queen Sugar,” will be joined on the committee by HBO programming president Casey Bloys; former Viacom Music and Entertainment group president Doug Herzog; Universal TV president Pearlena Igbokwe; AMC Networks and AMC Studios programming president David Madden; and Lisa Nishimura, Netflix’s vice president of original documentary and comedy programming.

“We are privileged to have the collective expertise, insights and resources of these visionary executives guiding us through what promises to be another extraordinary time of expansion and innovation in our industry,” said Scherma. “Their leadership provides relevancy and will be vital to ensuring the Television Academy is at the forefront of the industry’s remarkable evolution.”

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