Ava DuVernay Will Be Honored at the Toronto International Film Festival's Ebert Tribute has announced that filmmaker Ava DuVernay will be honored at the Toronto International Film Festival's Ebert Tribute luncheon on Sunday, September 13th.

DuVernay will receive a Golden Thumb presented by Festival Artistic Director Cameron Bailey and Ebert's widow, Chaz Ebert, vice president of the Ebert Company.
DuVernay was praised by the late film critic Roger Ebert, who the award is named for.  Her 2010 drama, "I Will Follow," was hailed by Ebert as "one of the best films I've seen about the loss of a loved one."

DuVernay has since directed "Middle of Nowhere," featuring David Oyelowo, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic, "Selma." She is also the founder of Array, an independent film and resource collective aimed at promoting female filmmakers and filmmakers of color. Before making films DuVernay spent 14 years as a marketer and publicist for directors including Steven Spielberg and Clint Eastwood.
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