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Ava DuVernay Impact On Hollywood – Women’s History Month

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Oscar Board Member, Frances-Anne Solomon, speaks about the impact of award winning Ava DuVernay in Hollywood. Women’s History Month exclusive from Shea Marie Diva & Vixens Podcast Episode 6.

Frances-Anne Solomon is also a director of films and she gives her thoughts on Ava DuVernay being fearless in the male dominated field. She expressed how Duvernay spread the opportunity around to other women after getting her break in Hollywood through Oprah Winfrey on Queen Sugar.

The series recently picked awards for “Best Drama Series” and “Best Limited Series” at last weekend’s NAACP Image Awards ceremony.

DuVernay graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1995 with bachelor’s degrees in English and African American studies. After working for a few years in film publicity, she started her own company to market movies.

The talented woman produces a number of drama series through a major deal with Warner Bros. TV, including OWN dramas “Queen Sugar” and “Cherish the Day.”  She has made it a mission to have proper representation of black stories with hits that includes Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. biopic Selma to the prison-system documentary 13th to A Wrinkle in Time to the heart string pulling When They See Us, “I pick what I want to get out of the scene,” she explains. “And through music, color, performance, and words, I’m able to manufacture and change how you think. I can be in your head, and I love it.”

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Ava Duvernay has been an inspiration to women everywhere and Frances-Anne Solomon is proud to help facilitate untapped talent with the launching of her latest project.

CineFAM is excited to launch its new initiative, the Women of Colour (WOC) Content Creator Database this March 1, 2022 to kick off International Women’s Month.  This important database can be found on the CineFAM website.  CineFAM is a Canadian not-for-profit initiative founded by award-winning filmmaker, Academy Director Member & CaribbeanTales Media Group founder, Frances-Anne Solomon.   


The goal of The Content Creator Database is to enhance the visibility of Women of Colour in the film industry, directors, content creators, producers, screenplay writers, actress, animators, motion design, etc., in hopes of widening their networks and accessibility to larger resources.  The database will consist of an abundance of women of colour filmmakers and creators within the film industry. The WOC initiative has already added 40+ Women of Color creators to its database.


Some of the extraordinary Women who are a part of the database are Emmy® Award Winning TV Host/Personality Patricia Jaggernauth, Award Winning Filmmaker & Academy Director Member Frances-Anne Solomon, award-winning writer, and producer Jennifer Holness, to name a few. The Content Creator Database is still accepting applications. If you identify as a WOC filmmaker or creator, you are encouraged to fill out the following application or if you know of someone who would benefit from this initiative, please forward them the details and application form.   


The Content Creator Database is just one of CineFAM’s initiatives that aim to build capacity and viability for women creators of colour and provide multiple platforms for their work to be shown.  The WOC initiative is one more step forward in that mission and is possible through a grant from The Canada Council Of The Arts, who contributes to the vibrancy of a creative and diverse arts and literary scene and supports its presence across Canada and around the world.

The Council is Canada’s public arts funder, with a mandate to “foster and promote the study and enjoyment of, and the production of works in, the arts.” The Council’s grants, services, initiatives, prizes, and payments support Canadian artists, authors, and arts groups and organizations.


This support allows them to pursue artistic expression, create works of art, and promote and disseminate the arts and literature. Through its arts funding, communications, research, and promotion activities, the Council fosters ever-growing engagement of Canadians and international audiences in the arts. The Council’s Public Lending Right (PLR) program makes annual payments to creators whose works are held in Canadian public libraries.

The Council’s Art Bank operates art rental programs and helps further public engagement with contemporary arts through exhibition and outreach activities. The Council is responsible for the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, which promotes the values and programs of UNESCO to contribute to a future of peace, reconciliation, equity, and sustainable development.  


“This database is a step forward for WOC filmmakers’ voices to be heard and their work to be seen.  CineFAM’s mission is to promote and broaden the visibility of women of colour in the film industry and provide paths to a larger network, we look forward to welcoming as many new filmmakers as possible.”    Frances-Anne Solomon 


Apply now for the “Women of Colour Content Creator Database”



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