Ava DuVernay tackles black incarceration in first footage of "The 13th"

Oh Ava, you can do no wrong. Here's a smart, articulate black woman that really cares about her own people.

I sadly won't be making the New York Film Festival this year. I've been to Cannes, Toronto and Sundance  so I have seen about 95% of the NYFF programming already, but there are 4 film premieres there that had me contemplating a trip to the "Big Apple": Ang Lee's "Billy Lynn's Long Half-Time Walk," James Gray's "The Lost City of Z," Mike Mill's "20th Century Women" and DuVernay's "The 13th" an in-depth look aat the country's incarceration system and specifically its target of African-Americans. Fascinating stuff, but also relevant stuff. So much so that I added it to my "What's Left" column for 2017. It's one of only 10 unscreened movies left in the year that I truly believe can leave a notably important artistic mark.

It will premiere on Netflix October 7th and get a limited release that same day. The trailer is now available and it does look like something that could really open up minds and cause change. DuVernay is a very important artist in the black community and outside it as well, so this is an important movie as well.