Director Ava Lowrey is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where she studied Film & Television and Sociology. In May of 2015 she completed her MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts at Duke University. Since 2005, at age 15, Ava has been using multimedia to connect with a larger audience and as a means of social activism. As creator of PeaceTakesCourage, millions have viewed Ava’s work and she has been featured in The New York Times, Rolling Stone Magazine, CNN, Mother Jones Magazine, and more. As a director Ava has completed multiple short documentaries and screened at festivals across the country. A native of Alexander City, Alabama, Ava’s films often focus on her southern roots, sharing untold stories centered in the south.