Filmmaker Becomes the First Black Woman to Win Best Director at SundanceCassie Murdoch1/30/12 9:15pmFiled to: MoviesAwards SeasonSundance Film FestivalAva duverneyDirectorMiddle of nowhereWinnerAwardGettypictweet22EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkWomen directors may not have had much luck at the Oscars this year, but things are going very well for one female director at the Sundance. Ava DuVernay, director of the drama Middle of Nowhere just won the Best Director for Dramatic Film award at the festival. She is the first black woman to win the award. Middle of Nowhere, which follows the story of a woman whose husband is incarcerated, is the second feature film she's made. In her acceptance speech today, she said she was "stunned" and talked about how important it was for "filmmakers of color to see one another's films and have them seen." We can bet we'll be seeing a lot more of DuVernay in the future.