Mrs. Duvernay has done it once again finding a way to aspire and motivate young filmmakers of color, being the first Afrrican American (Man or Woman) to win Best Director Award at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival in 2012 with her first narratvie film, I Will Follow. She has given us practictioners in the independent film world a since of hope and aspiration to achieve success and have final cut so to speak. Ava's career thus far has been the epitome of what it means to be independent in this very color blinded and classcism that still remains within Hollywood and the film industry as a whole. The difference with Ava Duvernay and other filmmakers out there is the fact that she does not sit around and wait onhollywood, this trailblazer makes her own rules. In 1999 Duvernay started her distrubution and marketing firm entitled, DVA Media + Marketing.