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Ava DuVernay and Ryan Coogler at Vulture Festival 2017

HOLLYWOOD, CA – NOVEMBER 19: Filmmakers Ryan Coogler (L) and Ava DuVernay attend Vulture Festival LA presented by AT&T at Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel on November 19, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Vulture Festival)

Two of the most insanely talented directors took to the stage at this year’s Vulture Festival in Los Angeles. As the room filled, anticipation grew stronger by the minute waiting for Ava DuVernay, best known for directing Selma, Queen Sugar, and the upcoming A Wrinkle in Time, and Ryan Coogler, best known for directing, Fruitvale Station, Creed, and the upcoming Black Panther, to make their appearance.

Once they came out they definitely did not disappoint. After speaking briefly about how they met and how they work right across from each other on the Disney Lot now, it was clear that these two had a great camaraderie.

 

The two then got right into talking about their new movies. Ryan Coogler spoke about some difficulties he had while making Black Panther, and a little bit about T’Challa. He even teased that we will see a scene between T’Challa and his father T’Chaka in the upcoming film.

 

Ava then spoke about A Wrinkle in Time and how important and special it was for her to bring real diversity to a Disney film adapted from a book that means a lot to people.

The panel ended with a Q&A from the audience in which one fan asked about how they both have liked working with Tessa Thompson and the two had nothing but good things to say.

Before exiting the stage Ryan confessed that he would love to one day work with Ava, and Ava made time to congratulate and thank Ryan for his endless support throughout the years. It was refreshing and great seeing the two speak on stage together with such eloquence and unapologetic blackness.

You can catch A Wrinkle in Time in theaters on March 9th.

And Black Panther in theaters on February 16th.

Written by Christian Streaty

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