“The film acts as an archive of this family of Black artists that lived, survived, thrived and loved in New York,” says the award-winning director.
David Oyelowo Shares The Sage Advice Ava DuVernay Gave Him For His Directorial Debut, 'The Water Man'
“My film school has been working with some truly extraordinary directors—Ava, of course, being one," Oyelowo told ESSENCE.
"We have to, as Black women, continue to stand by each other. I don't know that I would've made this film if it wasn't for Lena," she says.
"I'm here because of Black women."
The famed director passed away Monday after suffering a stroke. He was 51.