Independent filmmaker Ava DuVernay’s directorial debut of Scandal airs tonight.
DuVernay, the critically acclaimed director of Middle of Nowhere, directed an episode of the hit ABC show over this past summer.
The episode, entitled “Vermont is For Lovers Too,” will follow Olivia and the team as they “try to handle both uncovering the truth behind Operation Remington, while also managing a potential crisis with the Josie Marcus campaign.”
“I could say what’s going on here… but I’d get thrown in the B613 hole. So, just watch this Thursday! The next episode of SCANDAL is entitled “Vermont is For Lovers Too” and is directed by yours truly. Hope anyone who tunes in enjoys! Xoxo.”
DuVernay, now one of the most sought-after talents, has said the opportunity came about after a call from Scandal’s co-executive producer, Tom Verica.
She is the first African-American woman to win the best director prize at the Sundance Film Festival for her film, Middle of Nowhere.
“Whenever there is a woman of any background working behind the camera it’s inspiring,” says marketing consultant and up-and-coming actress and filmmaker Vivia E. Armstrong. “But there are several unique inspiring aspects about Ava DuVernay directing a primetime television show.”
“It is awe-inspiring to see a black woman direct a show that was created by a black woman, with a leading black actress in a very diverse cast on a primetime network. This makes a major crack in the proverbial glass ceiling that sadly still exists.”
“My background is in marketing but I’m pursuing a career as an actress and filmmaker. The fact that Ava went from being a publicist to fiercely pursuing her dream to be a director reminds me that anything truly is possible if you simply take the action to make it happen.”
“When I look at behind-the-scenes photos of her directing and then I watch the episode tonight, I see a reflection of the possibility for myself to do great things and there’s no longer an excuse not to go and create great shows and movies.”
Scandal: “Vermont is For Lovers, Too,” will be broadcast tonight at 10 p.m.
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