Ava DuVernay on The Treatment

If you haven’t listened to film critic Elvis Mitchell’s podcast called “The Treatment,” I strongly recommend you subscribe. Mitchell dives into various topics about cinema with a huge array of both mainstream and obscure filmmakers.

Middle of Nowhere stands as one of the two or three best films I’ve seen all year. The more I hear from writer/director Ava DuVernay, the more I’m inspired by her. This candid interview with Mitchell illuminates the difficulties of making a small movie, especially those geared specifically towards the black community. There’s also a great deal of discussion about the notion of having a personal message, the importance of marketing in a studio-driven system, and sticking to who you are. Really good stuff if you have a second to listen.


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