MIMH: Ava Duvernay's Wrinkle in Time
Originally posted on LoveJasPR.com March 26, 2018 for the Mentor in My Head (MIMH) Series. Edited and republished for LoveJasMedia.com.
Dear Ms. DuVernay,
I finally saw A Wrinkle In Time. I did not read the book and I don’t usually get super excited to watch sci-fi films but this time, nothing was going to stop me from seeing the first $100 million dollar film by a black woman. By the time I got a chance to watch, the reviews weren’t as positive as expected, To be honest, I didn’t even read them as I categorized them internally as hateration and unequivocal comparisons to Black Panther. Ava Duvernay has made history as the first African-American female director to have a film nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards with 2014’s Selma as well as the first to earn the Best Director Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, in 2012. In 2017, she was listed as one of The Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment Power 100 and recently partnered with Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti on an initiative to close the gap between Hollywood and minorities by hosting training camps. Ms. Duvernay, if you’re reading this -- Thank you for paving a way and cracking glass ceilings for the underrepresented, for black women. If you have a moment, let’s talk about A Wrinkle In Time:
A Wrinkle In Time was a journey for Meg to deal with her internal demons and finding herself, what gives you the motivation to tell the stories of unrepresented characters who are often voiceless?
A Wrinkle In Time has a lot of quotes that shine light on the chaos of the world, my favorite “‘Tomorrow They’ll be More of Us’ – Miranda.” Did the activist in you spill over in the Wrinkle In Time, what message were you trying to tell the youth of world?
The Three Misses or fairy god mothers represented the three common voices we all hear inside, how did you choose which character was meant for a particular voice? Obviously, Oprah is our rational soundboard, but what qualities to Mindy Kaling and Reese Witherspoon have that helped create their characters?
What did you learn about yourself during the process of developing the character of Meg? How does the young creative in you tapping into other projects?
"I love my work," she says. "I don't have children — these projects are my children. These are what I leave behind, this is what I dream about, what I love to do, what I always wanted to do, to have that voice. If I'm at the mic, I'm gonna sing, I'm going to do my thing." – Ava DuVernay