Director Ava Lowrey is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where she studied Film & Television and Sociology. She recently completed her MFA 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 several short documentaries and is currently working on a feature. In addition, she continues to pursue editing both documentary and narrative films. A native of Alexander City, Alabama, Ava’s films often focus on her southern roots, sharing untold stories centered in the south.