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What Ava DuVernay’s Doing For Young Filmmakers

Filmmaker Ava DuVernay has created a membership drive aimed at assisting Black and brown female directors in the industry.

DuVernay launched the African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement’s (AFFRM) second annual membership drive so more women of color have the chance to heighten the visibility of their work.

“It’s important that we support filmmakers who are being excluded from the traditional ways of distributing their films,” DuVernay told TheWrap.

“I financed AFFRM for the last four years out of my directing money,” said DuVernay, who founded the film releasing collective. “But last year we started to say, ‘hey, does anyone want to donate to this effort?’ And we had a donor drive that we call a ‘rebel drive’…  and we had some 750 people who gave.”

The group’s 30-day membership campaign runs from May 4 through June 5.

Watch the video below to learn more about the campaign.