directher #TBT. I had eight weeks to get it done and my head was cluttered and I couldn't sit still. My friends invited me up to their home on Vashon Island, near Seattle. I took a flight and a ferry to their writing getaway immediately after I wrapped SCANDAL. Then, locked myself up with my notecards and laptop. I talked with my pals at mealtimes only and during the evening hike. Beyond that, we all were in our individual rooms writing all day long. All I thought about was script, script, script. Can I do this? This story is so big. This history is so important. These characters aren't characters, they are real people who lived and died and fought. Extraordinary people. I was freaking myself out at one point. But my friend said, "You get to do this. No one else. This has happened for a reason. So, embrace it and do it." Today is eight months later, and I'm in the editing room cutting the film from that very script. When this picture was taken, I can't say I was confident I'd get here. But I'm here. And I'm thankful for this day. 17h
  •   monomutapa As an aspiring writer/director this is very inspiring, thank you so much for sharing your trials and tribulations! I am so excited for when this film finally comes out because I know it will be amazing because you are amazing!! 14h
  •   stefanie_tv Wow, just wow. You're an amazing woman. 12h
  •   jcanwisegrrl This is very beautiful and inspiring. Thanks for sharing, @directher! I'll be recreating this as I work on my grad school application for an MFA. 12h
  •   utzeeee There is a Double wedding ring quilt in the background of your photo. I find them to be soothing for the soul and and representative of the ancestors. 11h
  •   thalma Thank you for sharing this, many blesses to you!!! 11h
  •   cwaltyr Thank you for sharing! People with dreams need to see what success really looks like. It's not easy. But it's 100% attainable!! Love ya Ava! 10h

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directher Let's savor all the sweet moments this week. Aren't they all around just waiting for us to notice? Kinda like that sign in the background. xo. 4d

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directher Fourteen days not posting on Instagram. It's crazy how tough it was! Sharing our day has become such a part of our lives - for better or for worse. I see it as better. I smile often while seeing what pals post, what they're into or thinking about. These days, all I'm thinking about is #SelmaFilm! LOL! Long hours in a dark room with my comrade-in-arts and editor Spencer. We like to have just a little bit of sun peek through the blinds so we can feel the summertime. This is my view right now. And it brings me joy. Happy Friday everyone! Find some joy this weekend! xo 7d

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directher Taking a social media holiday. Aiming for two weeks. Might be overly ambitious, but gonna try. See ya'll in late July. Or tomorrow. No, I can do this! Late July. Late July it is! Happy Summertime! Drink it all in! XO! 3w

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directher Look at that. Look. At. That. A thing of beauty. #Summertime #LA #Everything 4w

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directher About to begin the final shoot day for #SelmaFilm. Can't believe this day is here. 4w
  •   dawn_mcdaniel @directher Now, this made me a wee bit teary-eyed! #oneofthebestjobsEVER Again, saying "Thank You, Ava" does not even cover a fraction of my gratitude. You changed the life of a girl who felt lost. #inspiration 4w
  •   apbehindthelens Thanks for sharing the journey! It's been wonderful to see the moments of bringing #Selma film to life 4w
  •   maria_de_lalisa This is the experience that every actor dreams of: Being surrounded by amazing talent, love, humility, an incredible story to tell, and a great director. Thank you for sharing the journey of #Selma with us. I was touched and inspired with every picture. Can't wait to see the film! 4w
  •   niecynash1 #blessing to so many 4w
  •   jayefinley Such a blessing to be a part of this wonderful project! Cant wait to work with you again! 4w
  •   monomutapa So excited to see this film! I know it's a while away but just so excited!! 4w
  •   blackstarfest We Love you and are so excited about this project:-) #BlackStar14 4w

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directher Two days to go. #SelmaFilm! 4w
  •   anamm62 Nice pic...I would love to follow a director around for just a day and to see the process. So different from what I do everyday in healthcare and so creative. 4w
  •   dawn_mcdaniel @directher You gave me the opportunity of a lifetime! The words "thank you" will never come close to my immense gratitude. Much love. 4w
  •   raisingtenzingray I'm with @dawn_y_mcdaniel ! I am forever indebted! This ENTIRE journey has been a hugeeeeee blessing! -yaya lol! 4w
  •   teleazer Powerful pic 4w
  •   viciousvixen this is my favorite. <3 <3 <3 4w
  •   princebaleke I'm looking for an agent, I want to turn my new novel into a movie 4w
  •   slimboogie22 Huge fan of yours! I hope I get to run into you at your favorite book store! I saw the Academy interview you continue to inspire me in my filmmaking and writing! @directher 3w

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directher Three days to go. #SelmaFilm! 1mon

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directher Thanks to @TheAcademy for asking a cool question. Not, how is it to be a woman filmmaker? Not, how is it to be a black filmmaker? But, what sparks my imagination? A rare question for me to hear. A real pleasure for me to answer. 1mon

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directher That's a picture wrap on @MrMrDorsey @KingofBingo @Common #WendellPierce #AndreHolland #CoreyReynolds and most of our dear, dear principal cast. Adore these people. Will miss them in person, but revel in their performances while editing. Stellar all-around. Just four more days 'til our final scene. Amazed by that. xo 1mon
  •   theebeautifulstruggle Yesss can't wait to see Selma and to work with you soon @directher 1mon
  •   chrisfrich That sure is a nice house in the background @directher 1mon
  •   villarnoir "Shiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit" 1mon
  •   victoriamahoney I #salute you, #one & #all ! 1mon
  •   pbarks1 My friends in Kirkwood were raving about your team filming there and using their driveway for the crew during filming of Selma! They really enjoyed it! 1mon
  •   selahavery It was cool to work as an extra on Selma Ms. Ava! Hope I get to work with you in a leading role one day! #Blessings 1mon
  •   princebaleke Follow my page for motivational quotes 4w
  •   beedubyah67 @directher CONGRATULATIONS & WELCOME!!!! You are such an inspiration & it's our honor to have you as our newest SOROR!!!! 3w

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directher A dozen speeding horses, 97 tear gas canisters, 500 extras and five rain delays later, we completed our shooting on the infamous Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama last night. The site of Bloody Sunday. Sacred ground. Today, onto the State Capitol in Montgomery to shoot massive scenes. It's all a miracle to me. Beyond dreams. #SelmaFilm 1mon
  •   nkrediblevisionfilms @directher HALLELUYER...GOTTA LOVE IT! Much success 1mon
  •   ronnylaw Amen! 1mon
  •   phenomenal_aka yesss! i'm SO honored to have had the chance of working with you all! you are AMAZING!! didn't get a chance to personally speak with you but i look forward to working with you again soon!! 1mon
  •   _itsmillertyme Thanks very much for giving me an opportunity to be a part of this movie that is about the history of my town. 1mon
  •   spknspl435 I'm so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with you in this historic and important film. Hopefully we can team up again in the near future and make history once again. You're an amazing director and I can't wait for everyone to see this masterpiece. 1mon
  •   sidsplit You did it in 3 hours, right?:) Go Ava go! 1mon
  •   drycool4 It was a pleasure working with you and the crew! I enjoyed every minute of it!! You do excellent work! Keep it up!! -Extra @directher 1mon
  •   evokurvoice Looking forward to seeing your heart creativity. 1mon

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directher A good time was had this afternoon celebrating the cast and crew of #SelmaFilm as we complete our primary filming in Georgia and move to Alabama tomorrow. Onward! 1mon
  •   aphtermath_ Reach out to the talented filmmaker Clarence Thomas III in Montgomery, Al. Www.Timidproduction.com 1mon
  •   truelyblessed25 Please reach out to the talented filmmaker Clarence Thomas lll in Montgomery,AL. www.timidproduction.com 1mon
  •   c_lo06 @directher Please reach out to the talented filmmaker Clarence Thomas III @screenrighter in Montgomery, Alabama www.timidproduction.com 1mon
  •   ledisi So jealous @directher but so happy 1mon
  •   tia_butta Do excited to know this film is being made and it's right down the road from me! Can't wait to watch. 1mon
  •   mia_halldaily Can't wait to see this! Went to site of Selma March 2x - changed my life. 1mon
  •   dainktellectual And Upward! Peace sis. 1mon
  •   justmslee Yes Oprah 2w

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directher My current leading man with my first leading lady. David + @SalliRichWhit! He takes a mean group selfie! 1mon
  •   mrhydrogenmcmvi Reach out to the talented filmmaker Clarence Thomas III in Montgomery www.timidproduction.com 1mon
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  •   wolfgangbaldwin Reach out to the talented filmmaker Clarence Thomas III in Montgomery. Www.Timidproduction.com 1mon
  •   twiice_theiice PLEASE Reach out to the talented filmmaker Clarence Thomas III in Montgomery,Al. Www.Timidproduction.com 1mon
  •   aphtermath_ Hey please Reach out to the talented filmmaker Clarence Thomas III in Montgomery, Al. Www.Timidproduction.com 1mon
  •   c_lo06 @directher Please reach out to the talented filmmaker Clarence Thomas III @screenrighter in Montgomery, Alabama www.timidproduction.com 1mon

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directher David went on a group selfie spree today. Surrounded by some of our favorite people at our Alabama send-off party! #selmafilm 1mon
  •   johnny_be_nice Awesome #ussie! 1mon
  •   drummachinemike Tilane!!!!!!!!! 1mon
  •   kalihawk Aww 1mon
  •   karenreneegood Y'all make me happy. 1mon
  •   jayteedee He really looks the part of Martin in these candids. I can not wait to see the finished film! 1mon
  •   twiice_theiice PLEASE Reach out to the talented filmmaker Clarence Thomas III in Montgomery,Al. Www.Timidproduction.com 1mon
  •   aphtermath_ Reach out to the talented filmmaker Clarence Thomas III in Montgomery, Al. Www.Timidproduction.com 1mon
  •   c_lo06 @directher Please reach out to the talented filmmaker Clarence Thomas III @screenrighter in Montgomery, Alabama www.timidproduction.com 1mon

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directher I find myself spending a lot of time in the Oval Office. First, SCANDAL with Tony. Now, SELMA with Tom. I have my "Yes, Mr. President" down pat! #SelmaFilm 1mon

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directher Honored to work with the one and only Arthur Jafa on #SELMAFilm. One of my favorite cinematographers manning our expansion camera? Wonderful. One of the most fascinating artists in black cinema on set everyday? Priceless! Catch his own directorial work this week at @FilmIndependent's LA Film Fest! Congrats on your excellent doc, AJ! xo! 1mon

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Sierra Ava DuVernay
directher "Wind and rain must assault him,
and a man must build against them." Thank you, Pops. For everything. I love you more than there are words to describe. xo.
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  •   jessicab07 Beautiful Pic! Wonderful words... HAPPY DADDY DAY!!! 2mon
  •   lovesagreatvisual :) 2mon
  •   johnlee216 Happy Father's day pops. You have an amazing daughter 2mon
  •   twinshady Look at that fade in the skyline. Awesome pic and HAPPY FATHERS DAY to all involved fathers!!!!! 2mon

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directher The surprise set visits continue in grand fashion! How she kept it a secret from everyone, I have no clue. But we all turned around and she was just walking up the street towards us like it was nothing. A fantastic pick-me-up during this rough week of night shoots. Let's do this! Onward, #SelmaFilm! 2mon

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directher For the past four weeks, I've been directing all kinds of people in the film SELMA. Seasoned vets and those making their feature debut. Names you know and names not known. Americans, Brits, French, German. Women and men. Old friends and total strangers. Hundreds upon hundreds of extras. Stunt people and doubles. But nothing beats the kids. It's hard for anyone to walk onto a set and keep their focus. Let alone a child. But we had a group of children in a crucial scene the other day who shined so bright and beautiful, it took my breath away. I'm so very grateful to them and their parents. And so grateful for every single person - young and old - whose lent their talent and time to this project thus far. Incredible. Three weeks to go! #SelmaFilm 2mon
  •   sharonelawrence Dazzling and dear:) 2mon
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  •   alia_copeland I've heard lots of positive things about your work! I would love to work with you one day @directher 2mon
  •   nina_mosley83_ Absolutely beautiful! 2mon
  •   danaricemusic Ava, thank you for being a bright light for these kids. My daughter said to me that when she thought about what a director looked like she never imagined a girl- and then she met you! Because of you she now sees possibilities that she never considered for herself. And the fact that she gets to be apart of the profound comment you are making on history- priceless! 2mon
  •   raisingtenzingray This warms my heart truly. Your being is beautiful inside and out. Such a sweet person! Trinity loves talking about her experience on set! <3 2mon
  •   elijahjoliver Thank you so much for the wonderful opportunity for me to be able to work with you on a film that I know will go down in history as a masterpiece. I truly believe it will impact lives for generations to come. You truly are an inspiration to me and I hope work with you again. 1mon
  •   jshanae @directher even without knowing you personally, as a fellow artist, I appreciate and am very proud of what you're accomplishing. It's very encouraging. 6h

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directher This amazing woman made this amazing t-shirt and wore it amazingly on set today! Vonda K. Morris is the best in the business and has made everyone in my projects - from I WILL FOLLOW to MIDDLE OF NOWHERE to THE DOOR to SELMA - look a-ma-zing. She's one of a handful of people who I'm so fortunate to collaborate with again and again. I hope that in a few years she'll need a full-length gown to name all our projects together! Adore you, @vondakayemor! XO! 2mon

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