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Ava DuVernay smashed the indie-film competition this weekend with the release of her film “Middle of Nowhere” which grossed $78, 030. DuVernay–who became the first woman of color to win the Best Director Prize at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival for “Middle of Nowhere-is the co-founder for Hello Beautiful!

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Released by the African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement (AFFRM) and Participant, “Middle of Nowhere” made just about $13,005 per-theater average! I’d say congrats are in order for DuVernay!

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Moviegoers in New York, Los Angeles, Washington D.C. and Philadelphia were among the first to see the film and AFFRM plans to expand the film in 16 more theaters in cities including Chicago, Detroit, Houston, Miami and Seattle.

The film stars Emayatzy Corinealdi, who plays Ruby, a woman who drops out of med school to focus on her husband Derek, played Omari Hardwick, when he gets sentenced to eight years in prison.

#TeamBeautiful is all about women who reach beyond the stars, which is why we’re so #TeamDuVernay!

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