I am thrilled to announce that Ava DuVernay, Julie Dash and Amma Asante, these Three Queens of Cinema, will grace our Ebertfest Film Festival April 18-22, in Champaign, Illinois. Ava first met Roger outside of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion during rehearsals for the Academy Awards when she was 8 years old. She was accompanied by her aunt whose death later inspired Ava’s poignant independent film, ‘I Will Follow.’ Roger gave the film a Thumbs Up and said that it reminded him of his Aunt Martha who used to take him to the movies. Now Ava has directed a 100 million dollar movie, “A Wrinkle in Time,” which is a love letter to little girls everywhere. And I am especially thrilled to welcome her to Ebertfest because of all … Read entire story.
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