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Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Updated: May 26, 11:19 PM ET
Photo blog from 'Venus VS.'

By espnW.com

In the film "Venus VS.," director Ava DuVernay will examine how tennis star Venus Williams fought for financial parity for WTA players at the Grand Slams, most notably the French Open and Wimbledon.

The Nine for IX series doesn't debut until July 2, but in the meantime, here are a few behind-the-scenes photos from DuVernay and her crew on location:

Venus VS filming
DuVernay's mission with the film: 'People in the United States should know of [Venus'] true professional bravery and personal tenacity in making sure women athletes are regarded and rewarded on par with their male counterparts.'

Ava DuVernay
'Venus VS.' director Ava DuVernay became the first African-American woman to win the Sundance Film Festival's Best Director Prize for her film "Middle of Nowhere" in 2012.

Venus VS filming
Venus Williams has won a combined 22 Grand Slam titles (seven in singles, 13 in doubles and two in mixed doubles).

Venus VS filming
Director Ava DuVernay spoke with some high-profile players currently on the WTA Tour, including Maria Sharapova.

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