Ava DuVernay And Disney Created A Cinema In Compton To Host 'A Wrinkle In Time' Screening

It was important to the director to bring her latest film back to her hometown.

Even as she prepares for the opening of her latest film A Wrinkle In Time, it's clear that Ava DuVernay hasn't forgotten her roots. Hollywood premieres are typically associated with glitz and glamour, but the director requested that a special screening of the film be held in her hometown, Compton, Calif. With some help from Disney, DuVernay was able to give kids in the community a chance to watch the fantasy epic a week before its theatrical release.

DuVernay, who also became the first woman of color to helm a live-action film with a budget of more than $100 million with A Wrinkle In Time, posted the news of the event on Twitter Friday. She noted that since Compton does not have a theater, Disney helped supply the local community center with the video and audio equipment to make the experience feel like a real premiere. DuVernay also took a moment to thank Compton Mayor Aja Brown and the community for welcoming her home.

This is the latest in the efforts that have been made by Disney, DuVernay, and others to ensure that Wrinkle is accessible to all audiences, no matter their income level. Through a partnership with Color of Change, screenings of the film will be free for underprivileged kids at AMC Theatres across the country. Fourteen-year-old Taylor Richardson has personally worked to raise enough money to buy tickets for 1,000 girls to see the movie. 

"That's one of the reasons why I want girls to see this movie. I want them to see what they can be, and this movie shows that we girls can be warriors like Meg and so much more," Richardson told A Plus. "It's simple — representation matters. You need to see what you can be."

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