In 2012, Ava DuVernay became the first African-American woman to win the Best Director Prize at the Sundance Film Festival for her second feature, “Middle of Nowhere.”
Her latest project short film was commisioned by Miu Miu, the Italian fashion house headed by Miuccia Prada.
For the fifth part of Miu Miu’s Tales short series, the Italian brand tapped award-winning director Ava DuVernay to shoot “The Door,” which features Gabrielle Union, Alfre Woodard, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Adepero Oduye and singer-songwriter Goapele.
The film — a little over nine minutes in length — focuses on an actual door on the modernist house of a main character (Union) who just went through a break-up. Friends come through that door to console her and, with their support, she eventually overcomes her sadness and is able to move on. “The door in the film represents a pathway to who we are,” said DuVernay.
DuVernay is currently working on a documentary on Venus Williams for ESPN. “It’s a big piece on her and her feminism. A lot of people don’t know what a feminist she is, like the work she’s done for the U.N. and fighting for women’s rights in sports,” DuVernay told Rolling Stones.