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Ava DuVernary wraps filming her DMZ pilot for HBO


Taylor Hill/FilmMagicDozens of television shows and film productions have been shutting down recently to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. But Ava DuVernay finished her DMZ pilot for HBO just in time.

“Just back to California after filming a project that is hands-down the most fun and fulfilling time on set I’ve ever had. Ever,” DuVernay captioned an Instagram photo collage of the film’s stars.  “The crew was magic. The cast was extraordinary. The production was a dream. The story is so strong. I loved everything about every day making it.”

“We poured our hearts into it. Shout-out to my DMZ family. Miss y’all already. All my love, A,” she added.

DMZ stars Rosario DawsonDoctor Strange‘s Benjamin Bratt and When They See Us‘ Freddy Miyares. In one photo, DuVernay appears to be hugging one crew member who wears a patch that reads, “I’m not scared I work for Ava Duvernay.” 

Rosario Dawson confirmed the pilot’s completion on Twitter, which she described as “One of the most phenomenal work experiences of my life.”

“Thank you @Ava. You are brilliance incarnate,” Dawson writes.  “The cast & crew are the epitome of teamwork making the dream work. What a joy & privilege it has been.”

DMZ imagines a futuristic American Civil War set in Manhattan. The story follows Alma, played by Dawson, a female medic working to save lives and desperately looking for her lost son while she contends with gangs, militias, and warlords, giving everyone something we often lose sight of: hope.

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