Ava DuVernay Expands Her Distribution Company to Support Women and Filmmakers of Color

Filmmaker Ava DuVernay is relaunching her distribution company, African American Film Festival Releasing Movement (AFFRM), as Array. The newly launched Array will expand its focus to support Black, Latino, Asian, Native American, Middle Eastern and female filmmakers.

"There's a generation of filmmakers of color and women whose primary concern is that no one will see their work," DuVernay told LA Times. "And that is a huge barrier. They're asking, 'Why make something if no one will see it?'"
"Right now, there is a fundamental disrespect inherent in the distribution and amplification of films. There is a cinema segregation in how films are seen and not seen. What we're saying is, we're not going to depend on those things anymore."

Array announced that it has two films set to release this fall: “Ayanda and the Mechanic” by South African director Sara Blecher and “Out of My Hand” by Takeshi Fukunaga. Both were acquired after playing at the Los Angeles Film Festival. “Ayanda and the Mechanic” won the Special Jury Prize in the World Fiction Competition.

“These are both terrific films and they reflect our broadened scope,” Tilane Jones, Array’s executive director, told TheWrap.
Array's current films include Mississippi Damned, Vanishing Pearls, Middle of No Where, I Will Follow, and more.

Read the full LA Times article here and visit Array's new website here.

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