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Ava DuVernay

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Ava Marie DuVernay is an American filmmaker. She won the directing award in the U.S. dramatic competition at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival for her second feature film Middle of Nowhere, becoming the first black woman to win the award.
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Rilke's Book of Hours
Love Poems to God
Anita Barrows - Nov 01, 2005 (first published in 1899)
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While visiting Russia in his twenties, Rainer Maria Rilke, one of the twentieth century's greatest poets, was moved by a spirituality he encountered there. Inspired, Rilke returned to Germany and put down on paper what he felt were spontaneously received prayers. Rilke's Book of Hours is the invigorating vision of spiritual practice for the secular...
Ava DuVernay
Apr 20, 2020
@RealGDT I’ve been reading poetry too, G. Bite-sized but filling. Been reading a lot of my favorite - Robin Coste Lewis. And also Rilke’s Book of Hours. This one has brought me comfort through a lot of what’s been going on. It’s been my daily companion.      source
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Directing Actors
Creating Memorable Performances for Film & Television
Judith Weston - Jul 01, 1999 (first published in 1996)
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Internationally-renowned directing coach Weston demonstrates what constitutes a good performance, what actors want from a director, what directors do wrong, script analysis and preparation, how actors work, and shares insights into the director/actor relationship....
Ava DuVernay
Nov 29, 2019
Couldn’t resist one more. Two books for directing that helped me so much until I found my own language are MAKING MOVIES by the great Sidney Lumet and DIRECTING ACTORS by my former teacher @JudithWeston.      source
Making Movies
Sidney Lumet - Mar 19, 1996 (first published in 1995)
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From one of America's most acclaimed directors comes a book that is both a professional memoir and a definitive guide to the art, craft, and business of the motion picture. Drawing on 40 years of experience on movies ranging from Long Day's Journey Into Night to The Verdict, Lumet explains the painstaking labor that results in two hours of screen m...
Ava DuVernay
Nov 29, 2019
Couldn’t resist one more. Two books for directing that helped me so much until I found my own language are MAKING MOVIES by the great Sidney Lumet and DIRECTING ACTORS by my former teacher @JudithWeston.      source
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The Sun Does Shine
How I Found Life, Freedom, and Justice
Anthony Hinton - Jun 04, 2019 (first published in 2018)
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A powerful, revealing story of hope, love, justice, and the power of reading by a man who spent thirty years on death row for a crime he didn't commit."An amazing and heartwarming story, it restores our faith in the inherent goodness of humanity.”- Archbishop Desmond TutuIn 1985, Anthony Ray Hinton was arrested and charged with two counts of capita...
Ava DuVernay
Jun 06, 2018
An extraordinarily book about an extraordinarily life. Anthony Ray Hinton’s story inspired many things within me. Mainly, the idea of radical forgiveness. Don’t know if I could forgive what he went through, but I loved reading about how he did. And trying to learn how for myself.      source
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Behold the Dreamers
A Novel
Imbolo Mbue - Jun 26, 2017 (first published in 2016)
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Jende Jonga, a Cameroonian immigrant living in Harlem, has come to the United States to provide a better life for himself, his wife, Neni, and their six-year-old son. In the fall of 2007, Jende can hardly believe his luck when he lands a job as a chauffeur for Clark Edwards, a senior executive at Lehman Brothers. Clark demands punctuality, discreti...
Ava DuVernay
Jun 26, 2017
Incredible book. #BeholdTheDreamers      source
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