Ava Duvernay hosts Legends and favorites in Black Film via Twitter including the likes of Robert Townsend, Gina Prince-Bythewood, Peter Ramsey, Victoria Mahoney, and Matthew Cherry who dropped gems to inspire film lovers, as well as veteran and beginning filmmakers!

Written by: Kay Montgomery – May 4th, 2020 6:42pm pst

Black Hollywood Live Salutes Ava Duvernay

This was a dream of Ava’s come to life- Film School for free.

Yesterday Twitter was the classroom and Ava was the teacher. To educate and motivate aspiring filmmakers, she brought in some of the biggest and most iconic names in Black Hollywood. 

The highlights were creatives letting us in on what they considered their biggest mistakes made, when they first started out, their advice to directors just beginning, and words of wisdom for those in the trenches who just may be losing faith. What made it better was that each director was there, not to be interviewed by Ava, but to answer questions from film lovers. 

Victoria Mahoney, the first female and African American to ever direct a Star Wars film, admitted her mistake to be 

“not researching the detailed years long costs of annual taxes on a film.” 

Wait, that’s a thing? Then, Oscar winning director of Hair Love, Matthew Cherry, remarked that sometimes we get so focused on the creative we forget about the

 “entire process”,  

and admitted he 

“Definitely learned the hard way and had to go and find more money”. In the non-monetary vein of mistakes,

for those just starting out and looking to get attention, Matthew Cherry invites you to, 

“Create your own opportunities. Social media has made it easier than ever to connect with like minded creatives…if you build it they will come. And if not build again and again.”

Gina Prince-Bythewood asserts that, 

“Your first film/script should announce to the world who you are. So write a story that is personal, write a story only you can tell.” 

Cultural Icon and inspiration to Ava Duvernay, director Robert Townsend, leaning toward the optimism challenged,

“It is important to focus on the opportunity, not the obstacle.” 

Peter Ramsey, from the greatest Spider-Man film of all time, Into The Spiderverse, buoys us with these wise words,

“Don’t give up, that’s the most important thing. Make sure you’re aiming at the right target for YOU. But don’t give up, if you want it!”

This was advice so powerful and so valuable, it’s hard to believe it was all free. So many icons, behind some of the most beloved films of all time,  to award winning films released just this year. We were moved, educated and inspired. 

If you want to delve deeper, go to Ava’s Twitter @Ava to see every one of the directors tweet sessions. If you enjoyed this article, please retweet and share with a friend. Tune in daily to Black Hollywood Live and our sister site AfterBuzz TV for news, articles and after shows and for all of the latest news and info on the world of entertainment. 


About The Author:

Kay Montgomery is a host and writer for Black Hollywood Live who loves sitcoms and is currently embroiled in a vicious debate on Bracketology. She is A Different World devotee and although she has a masters degree in Education from The University of Redlands, she would have given anything to go to fictional Hillman College.

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