Directors Ava DuVernay and Ryan Coogler are making history in Hollywood, and supporting each other along the way.
Coogler, who recently directed the Marvel hit Black Panther showed some serious love for DuVernay on the opening day of her film A Wrinkle In Time, writing a heartfelt ode to their friendship and the amazing woman she is for espnW.
“Ava DuVernay is someone who makes the impossible look easy. It’s why I feel privileged to call her my big sister. I met her in 2013, but she’s one of those people who you feel like you’ve always known,” Coogler began.
He went on to discuss the early days of DuVernay’s career as an admired Hollywood publicist, noting she’d written, produced, and directed “two amazing films, about black women finding hope while experiencing grief and loss, all while maintaining a production and distribution company to finance and distribute underserved independent films made by women and people of color.”
Coogler shared his praise for DuVernay’s 2014 film, Selma, and the 2016 show, Queen Sugar, for which DuVernay “mandated the use of female directors and key creatives.”
“Ava is a pioneer. She makes the most distant dreams and ideas a reality,” Coogler wrote. “Ava is inclusion, equity and representation.”
Then Coogler got especially deep, recalling when DuVernay lost her father a few years ago and used her pain to make even more impressive art. “Ava, the warrior, weathered that loss while making 13th to show everyone with a Netflix subscription that American slavery never ended — it had only morphed.”
“Ava is inclusion, equity and representation.”
When DuVernay set out to bring A Wrinkle In Time to the screen, Coogler said he watched while working across the hall on Black Panther.
“…My big sister inspired her crew with love and navigated the challenges of studio filmmaking, adapting a book that many people called unfilmable into a movie that explodes with hope, with love and with women warriors.”
Coogler described A Wrinkle In Time as “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.”
“The main character in the film, Meg, uses her love, her hope and her kickass skills as a scientist to bring him back, and maybe she saves the universe along the way,” he wrote to end the letter.
If you need us, we will be sobbing over this beautiful friendship.
Both these directors deserve EVERYTHING GREAT that happens to them. They’ve given us incredible works of art in just a couple weeks apart. Go support both films if you haven’t.#AvaDuVernay #RyanCoogler #WrinkleInTime #BlackPanther #BlackExcellencehttps://t.co/pSoDkpMkCF
— Prince HAKEEM (@JamalSTEELE) March 10, 2018
On Saturday it was announced that Black Panther officially hit $1 billion worldwide after having only been in theaters for four weeks. Coogler and DuVernay are also set to claim the first and second slots at this weekend’s box office rankings, with Black Panther taking top spot and A Wrinkle In Time following behind.
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