Nine years ago, on the set of a major Hollywood production, film marketer Ava DuVernay realized she had a story to tell — her own story from the streets of Los Angeles. The result is her latest movie, Middle of Nowhere, which brought the filmmaker a Sundance Festival award for best drama director. She is the first African-American woman to win the award. Audie Cornish talks to Duvernay about her unusual path to directing and her role in the creation of a new wave of black independent filmmakers.
Democrats and Republicans in Virginia are at odds over the value of investigating the state Senator Phil Puckett, who resigned last month to take a job at a state tobacco commission — and turned the Senate over to Republicans.
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