Director Ava Lowrey is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where she studied documentary production and graduate of Duke University where she completed her master’s degree in Experimental and Documentary Studies. Since 2005, at age 15, Ava has been using multimedia to connect with a larger audience. As creator of PeaceTakesCourage.com, millions have viewed Ava’s work and she has been featured in The New York Times, Rolling Stone Magazine, CNN, and more.

Her documentary, Fred: The Town Dog, won best documentary pitch and best doc in the works at Fusion Film Festival and spent 7 months touring the festival circuit and screening across the country. Most recently, she completed The Button King, a documentary short that will have its premiere at Indie Memphis Film Festival in November. As a native of Alexander City, Alabama, Ava’s films often focus on her southern roots, sharing untold stories centered in the south. Currently she is the Southern Foodways Alliance’s Pihakis Foodways Documentary Fellow at the University of Mississippi where she makes films about the changing American South and teaches documentary film at the Center for the Study of Southern Culture.