Wanda people, check this short film “Say yes” directed by Ava Duvernay Starring Kali Hawk and Lance Gross.
A beautiful visual that “explores the power of the affirmative, and the beauty that blossoms from embracing life”. Inspired by the Fashion Fair lip color called Say Yes, award-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay created this vision of what happens when you welcome the unexpected.
Kali Hawk is cast as the leading lady and joined by Lance Gross, Lena Waithe, Julie Dash, N’Dambi, Lorraine Toussaint and Issa Rae in the 7-minute film.
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Winner of the Best Director Award at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, DuVernay was honored with the 2013 John Cassavetes Spirit Award and the Tribeca Film Institute’s Affinity Award for her second feature film “Middle of Nowhere.”
She made her directorial debut with the critically-acclaimed 2008 hip hop documentary, “This is The Life.” Winner of Audience Awards in Toronto, Los Angeles and Seattle, the film debuted on Showtime in April 2009. LA WEEKLY raved, “This is The Life vaults into the upper echelons of must-see hip-hop documentaries.”
In 2010, she wrote, produced and directed her first narrative feature, “I Will Follow”, starring Salli Richardson-Whitfield. Released theatrically in 2011, the family drama was hailed by critic Roger Ebert as “… one of the best films I’ve seen about the loss of a loved one.”
DuVernay has directed and produced network music documentaries including “Venus Vs” for ESPN, “My Mic Sounds Nice” for BET, along with “Essence Music Festival” and “Faith Through The Storm” for TV One.
In 2013, she directed branded films for Prada and Fashion Fair with “The Door” and “Say Yes” respectively.
Previously, DuVernay worked as a film marketer and publicist for 14 years, forming DVA Media + Marketing in 1999. Her award-winning firm provided strategy and execution for more than 120 film and television campaigns for acclaimed directors such as Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood, Michael Mann and Bill Condon.
A graduate of UCLA, DuVernay is the founder of AFFRM, the African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement. She is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, as well as the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. She is also board member for both Film Independent and the Sundance Institute. DuVernay is based in Los Angeles.