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Heard you on NPR last night Please let us know if you will be showing this in sacramento!! I am excited to see this video and share it with some of my friends.

October 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMartha Michel

I just finished the interview on Fresh Air also. Maybe if we lobby in my town to get the production it will come. Myself, like David in Kentucky, will have a wait to see the film. But, I will travel to see more of Ava and other AA artist's material. Great work Ms. Duvernay.

October 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMcdaddee56

I watched the film on my mother's 82Nd Birthday October 21st 2012 In Seattle Washington. It was a powerful initiation of a much needed discussion! The script was authentic, clearly the voice of many people, Black People, & Black Women in particular! The pain was real, the resolution powerful, the Stuggle to love oneself, and hold true to your 'best vision' profoundly explosive. As a Performing Artist and Composer I was dissappointed in the soundtrack. The music did not resonate with the struggle within as much as I hoped it would. I look forward to contributing to the next venture with this film maker 'Ava DuVernay. She moved a multitude with this project. I salute her.

October 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMercedes Nicole

'Just got through listening to Ava DuVernay's interview on Fresh Air. 'Would love to watch her movie, Middle of Nowhere, but I suppose living in Kentucky, I am in the middle of nowhere when it comes to having access to this film. I suppose I will wait patiently for its arrival.

October 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

Saw Middle of Nowhere with 2 friends at AMC Aventura in South Florida. It was so refreshing to have a well done Black film here in South Florida, it so needed down here. Shared the information on FB and word of mouth. Let's build on this. Now waiting for the soundtrack which should be nice.

October 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew

This is absolutely great! I have waited for something like this for years. There has been an absence of our film making and lack of effort in the mainstream market. Finally, we have the beginning of something that I, as a American and descendant of american slavery, "I will support". I hope to see you in Jacksonville, FL and Miami, FL. Thank you and thank you NPR for having you on their show.

October 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterYolanda Y Copeland

Love the mission and would love to see the work. Come to New Orleans!!

October 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLauren T.

I love the direction, you have my 10000000000% SUPPORT!!! Filmmaker Darren A. Saunders

Love what you doing need a Branch in Northern Calif. Let's do it.

October 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterWarren Foster Sr.

I have heard about the movie "Middle of Nowhere" and would like to know if it will be coming to Denver, Colorado soon. There is a group of women here that would to support the movie, director and cast.

October 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

@AvaEtc 's Middle of Nowhere blew us all away last night!! so honored to have been a part of the WeHo Sunset screening

October 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNikkolas Smith

First and foremost I want to thank God for inspiring Ava to write this film and nurture it for the last several years. Then I have to thank Him for bringing together the phenomenal team of actors, producers and others who got "Middle of Nowhere" off the ground. This story needed to be told, it's a human story that just happens to have predominantly African American cast. As an aspiring film and television executive, this is the kind of project I want to be known for. But first I just want to know the best way to get started and be a part of something. It's not about making money (though that is nice) but this artistic goal is to bring strength to words on a page, speak to and touch souls...I want to be a part of that.

October 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlicia

Congrats to you, Omari :). My friend, Joyce (your mom), texted me about the opening of this film. Unfortunately it is not showing in Savannah, yet! I did speak with my god-daughter in College Park and she will try to check it out this weekend. I charged her to tell all her friends also. We both saw the clip online and can't wait to see the movie. Looks like the type of "Black" movie that I would appreciate, something with substance. Wishing you and the rest of the cast much success. God is blessing you :)

October 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterA.-Christine Wiggins

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We thank you in advance for your consideration.

October 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie A. Jones

Saw the movie in Atlanta last night !! Words can not express the depth of engagement emotionally and visually. This movie is a masterpiece of the "real" for women, men, family and community. A MUST see !

October 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCamilla

Wow it is Opening Day for Middle of Nowhere and I feel a part of it! I was never on set. I never wrote a line or edited a minute of footage. I joined AFFRM to support friends and created a whole new family. I joined AFFRM because I was asked to. My response was tied to what I thought I could offer and in turn I have been AFFRMd that my gifts, my contributions, they matter! With only seeing selected scenes of this film I believed in what it represented. It represents a bench march in a race of possibilities, challenging status quo and doing it
“our” way. It is Opening day, for a MOViEMENT that proves it can be done, they will show up and good is just good and Independent is GREAT!! Thank you for AFFRMing ME! #togetherwearestrong #blackartrising #AFFRMPhilly

It is our mission to encourage a Multicultural Multi-perspective Film goer’s experience. With emphasis on increasing the "Midwest" options for first run theater release participation. We want the films options for Midwest releases on par with NYC, L.A. and ATL. At the very lease Chicago-Milwaukee should be included. We are the birthplace of facebook and meetup groups with the same name. We are the Midwest-Midwest Movie, Film, New MultiCultural Multi-Media Afficianados. All rights Reserved for Group Terms "Maddies"-e.g. Midwest/EastCoast/West Coast/Southern="Maddies". Our 2013-2014 goals are to host a "Multicultural" film festival in the city of Milwaukee, WI. We are swelled with pride and enthusiasm in anticipation of "Middle Of Nowhere" and congratulate Ms. DuVernay and her peers in this new age of cinema. We will celebrate through support of there tales of the African American nuances and realities. Midwest Multicultural Media Madness is actively seeking local movie theater audience recognition, participation, and deliberate partnerships and we look forward to being a catalyst for hosting these films in our market! If the industry will not come to us then it is imperative, that we unite, and exhaustively collaborate to bring our wide palette of characters with our depth of perspectives to them!!!

October 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBernie Jbaines

Ms. DuVernay, you are an inspiration to everyone!! Much success to you always!

October 10, 2012 | Registered Commenterrobin stone

May you continue to be blessed to share and give voice to those things that matter in the lives of people of color and show the world the diversity of our lives. Congratulations on becoming DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR 2012 at The Sundance Film Festival! SEE YOU SOON IN Atlanta, GA.

One Love!

October 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNAEEMAH MAC

I am more than proud of you, my sister! Being a black female filmmaker myself, I totally applaud you!! Glad you used Omari Hardwiick. I loove his body of work and am expecting to see more! I saw you on Tavis and I appreciate your truth and transparency....may God continue to incorease you! Anyhting I can do...let me know! If you need to reach me contact me at

October 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMonica Benton

Congratulations on receiving BEST DIRECTOR at the 2012 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL! Woman to woman, I am so proud of you and all your accomplishments. I am also very proud of my son, Omari, and his many accomplishments; I am especially pleased that someone of his talent accepted the opportunities to work with someone of yours. It has become quite obvious that Ava is just a shortened version of your given name, Avant-Garde. I am doing my part to AFFRM your new movie, MIDDLE OF NOWHERE.

October 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoyce Hardwick

I appreciate the hard work and dedication many of you all have but to bring this movement to live. Everyone in there own way is laying down a piece of a great legacy that will be honored and cherished among my kids and their kids. The artistic vision and the courage to bring movies for people of color and by people of control takes passion. For that I truly thank you!

October 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGoziam

I am so glad you're here. 'I Will Follow' was great and 'Middle of Nowhere' will be terrific! It's amazing what social media can do! Whatever I can do to help...I'll be glad to help. I have your back!

October 8, 2012 | Unregistered Commenter@CedarHillMom

Keith, the meeting was so informative about the project, and I am excited to be a part of this. I know those who see the film will invite and tell others.

Keith and other Mavericks,
The meeting yesterday was inspirational and informative. I left feeling that I can actually make a difference in supporting the arts for our community. I have already started my email campaign.
Great job!

October 8, 2012 | Registered CommenterRhonda Scott

Keith, The meeting yesterday was sensational! I'm so excited to be a part of the Mavericks and am looking forward to working with you and other volunteers to promote AaFFRM. Will start my outreach and networking to promote the film as well as this movement to promote Black films!

October 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMildred Gale

Greetings Ava,
I read about you for the first time in today's NYTimes and write to congratulate you on your achievements, both in film making and in marketing. Your ambition, motivation and determination as a film maker echo my own, so I can truly compliment you for putting so much into action. It could not have been easy, but you have been wise. I hope this letter begins a dialogue with you that will enable me to meet you in person and show your films in 2013 as a VIP Guest of the Jamaica International Reggae Film Festival. Till then, I will continue to admire and enjoy your work. BLESSINGS and ONE LOVE!

October 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara Blake Hannah


October 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMUHAMMAD ABDULLAH

This will be a magnificent movement for digital artists of color. I'm down to do my part to keep it alive. We have no right to complain about our images being mis-represented if we don't make an honest effort to create & maintain control of them in the marketplace. I applaud AFFRM. Please logon to my site & check out a revolutionary Short starring Maryam Basir(Mooz-lem), Hemmer Pascal, Bob Stewart, & Jeff Paige called BLAK STAR

October 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterS. C. Gunn

As always I'll looking forward to learning about and spreading the word about AaFFRM's releases:

September 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTroy Johnson

And so it has begun...

Play the game. Live the life. And may the rest be history...

September 26, 2012 | Registered CommenterAntonio Stone

All of the above and even more good fortune coming straight at you! To borrow a country phrase, "Let's give 'em somethin' to talk about!'

September 25, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjeanettesdaughter

i'm excited to support the affirm family. i also loved the trailer for middle of nowhere & want to see this powerful film. i was deeply moved by the vulnerability of the actors.

September 24, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermark j. tuggle

Images Are powerful... Seeing Films that Reflect Positive Self Images Are necessary Within Our communites. Thats Why I Joined AFFRM!!

September 24, 2012 | Registered CommenterMary Baxter

I am so excited to support the AFFRM family in promoting for Middle of Nowhere.I feel like I have joined a family and I can't wait to encourage others to get involved in the movement! Let's go AFFRM family!!
Peace & Love
Koren Martin
AFFRM Maverick-DC

September 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKoren Martim

I am here to be a part of this growing movement. As an up and coming screenwriter of African descent, I want to be where I can be accepted and my work appreciated for what it is and what it's not. I am encouraged about where this will lead.

September 18, 2012 | Registered Commentertara mitchell

"I am going to try to be what's happening next" is the fiercest rap I have heard in a long time. From the film Middle of Nowhere.
When a mission has purpose, it is easy to lend a hand.

September 18, 2012 | Registered CommenterTomi Wilson

Glad to see a rising film company that will focus on African-American film and works. One of my dreams was to work in the film industry behind the scenes working with great actors to produce a film that would change lives. I love the film industry and have always dreamed of attending the Sundance Film Fest. I am planning on volunteering with hopes of winning an opportunity to attend. Keep up the great work! Peace & Blessings!

September 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterA.W.

Why did I join AAFRM? To be part of a collective of movies I want to see. To support the inner workings of a company that when its MY turn, would be a serious contender to give me work, (actor) distribute my work, (writer/director) or finance my work. (producer). Team AAFRM as well as several other organizations I'm part of, are part of a bigger circle in this industry that is working to build the artist of color, and most importantly shine that light around the world!

Kevin Marshall Pinkney

September 16, 2012 | Registered CommenterKevin Marshall

So wonderful to see this site up and running, please keep up the good work. I always hoped that the black new wave filmmakers would find innovative distribution channels.

September 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJohanna Ward

I became an AFFRM volunteer because I was inspired by Ava's vision. I was moved that rather than complaining about our current reality, she created her own. A reality that with support can change the game. We need to find ways to work together and invest in a value system that includes us, represents us and reflects the images that we see in our households and have learned from our ancestors. I am inspired by seeing deep and meaningful communication between authentic individuals, beautifully portrayed by top actors and skillfully manifested by Ava's technical and creative team. I've heard Ava speak, I've seen I Will Follow and I am blown away by the poise, confidence and realism that Ava and AFFRM bring to the table. We make this happen together, or not all. I am here so I can say that I was part of making this happen. Not just for Ava or myself, but for the millions of talented creatives that don't think they can and for the generations that are being influenced by the stories they see.

September 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTatiana Bacchus

I joined AAFFRM to be apart of something that's making a difference and opening doors for others. I know there are plenty of films being made that give a voice to the struggles and joys we face as African Americans and AAFRM is giving many of those films a platform to shine. Let's keep getting the word out about our films and show support as to encourage others that their dreams and our dreams are truly possible!

September 14, 2012 | Registered CommenterDennisha Pratt


September 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLauren V. Harris

There aren't too many projects, organizations, or activities that inspire me enough to stand on corners handing out postcards or implore family, friends, and acquaintances to support. On Feb. 10, 2011, I went to a Brown Bag Lunch hosted by REELBLACK featuring Ava DuVernay. What I heard that day was what I had been thinking since I began pursuing my interest in filmmaking. Ava talked about a kind of independence as an artist that I wanted for myself. I was totally inspired by that conversation and the mission and purpose of AFFRM. From that day until now, I have been willing to do whatever I could to help promote the amazing images AFFRM is sharing with the world. I believe that this work is Revolutionary. It is also giving the audience a chance to be an active participant in the success of Black Cinema. I applaud team AFFRM for being vanguards in the new Black cinema movement.

September 12, 2012 | Registered CommenterStephanie Malson

I discovered AFFRM through Volunteer City Captain of Philadelphia, Nina Ball. I learned of an AFFRM Philly meeting through one of Nina's tweets. I had been following Nina on twitter for a short time and it was Nina's excitement about Middle of Nowhere's upcoming release that drew me into learning more about AFFRM. After attending the meeting and learning about AFFRM, I quickly came on board to lend my support to the movement because I want to see more diverse characters in film.

September 11, 2012 | Registered CommenterJanelle Johnson

I"m so excited to be a part of an amazing company with a purpose to unite our community via film. Immersed in Inspiration, Keith

September 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKeith Hill

Keep on doing what you're doing !!

September 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGeneva Phillips-Beaver

I heard of the "movement" off of Ava DuVernay's facebook page and I am so excited about it. I am a filmmaker from CT and I would like to know more about getting apart of this as a filmmaker. I love it. Check out my work. This is so exciting.

August 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAli Robins

Thanks Ava for coming to Blackstar 2012 - A highlight of "A Conversation with Ava DuVernay" is posted on Tinsel & Tine -

August 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTinsel & Tine

To my Kings and Queens,
Continue to Empower

August 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNandi

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