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ARRAY RELEASING ACQUIRES 'ROLL WITH ME'

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"This film about will, fortitude and the human condition stays with you for awhile, prodding you to finally do whatever it is you've wanted to do for some time.” - NPR

2018 Slamdance Official Selection Marks Debut Documentary From

Filmmaker Lisa France

LOS ANGELES, CA (October 17, 2018) - Today ARRAY Releasing announces acquisition of 2018 Slamdance Official Selection, ROLL WITH ME. Set amidst 3,100 miles of open road and small towns, ROLL WITH ME chronicles recovering addict and paraplegic Gabriel Cordell’s momentous journey to become the first person to roll an unmodified wheelchair across America. Directed by Spirit Award Nominee Lisa France (ANNE B. REAL), the documentary bands together a crew of unlikely co-conspirators, each battling their own issues. France captures Cordell’s warrior spirit while riding a bike on this world record-breaking expedition. ARRAY has acquired distribution rights for the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand. ROLL WITH ME will debut December 1 on Netflix accompanied by a national screening tour to coincide with the International Day of Persons with Disabilities recognized on December 3. The announcement was made by ARRAY Founder Ava DuVernay.

Meaningful and motivating, France’s ROLL WITH ME shares intimate narratives of PTSD, homelessness, unemployment, family estrangement and sobriety struggles. The film begins as a challenge to push an unmodified wheelchair from California to Cordell’s hometown of West Hempstead, New York, but along the way Cordell’s exploration of endurance establish ties that speak to our common humanity.

“Through her film, director Lisa France provides an important entry into the journey of recovery. Witnessing Gabriel’s triumph over adversity and low expectations allows for a vital dialogue about what people with disabilities can achieve,” explained ARRAY’s Vice President Tilane Jones. “We are extremely proud to share this project’s uplifting and universal message about the power of human will with an international audience.”

The deal was negotiated by Gordon Bobb of Del, Shaw, Moonves, Tanaka, Finkelstein & Lezcano on behalf of ARRAY as well David P. Markman of Greenberg Traurig, LLP and producer Sharon Swart for the filmmaker.

ABOUT ARRAY

Founded in 2010 by Ava DuVernay, ARRAY is a film collective dedicated to the amplification of images by people of color and women directors. Now in its eighth year, ARRAY Releasing focuses on grass-roots distribution of feature narrative and documentary work by varied voices. Newly formed non-profit ARRAY Alliance expands on the organization’s deep roots in independent film through special programming geared towards impactful, inclusive initiatives. Together, ARRAY continues to champion underrepresented creators in creative spaces.

ARRAY RELEASING ACQUIRES SOUTH AFRICAN COMING OF AGE DRAMA, 'VAYA'

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Berlinale And TIFF Official Selection Marks Fourth Feature From

Filmmaker Akin Omotoso

LOS ANGELES, CA (August 28, 2018) - Today ARRAY Releasing announces VAYA as the film collective's nineteenth feature film acquisition. VAYA made its world premiere at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival and garnered Nigerian filmmaker Akin Omotoso the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Director. Paying homage to the Tsotsitaal namesake meaning “to go”, VAYA chronicles the innocence lost by three young South Africans who journey away from their rural homes on a train bound for Johannesburg. ARRAY has acquired distribution rights in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, Ireland and New Zealand territories. VAYA will debut on November 1 with a national screening tour and simultaneous release on Netflix. The announcement was made by ARRAY Founder Ava DuVernay.

Stirring and suspenseful, VAYA culminates in an explosive moment based on real accounts. Omotoso’s collaboration with first time feature cinematographer Kabelo Thathe pairs stunning aerial shots with fast paced images in Johannesburg to intertwine the stories of strangers struggling to survive.

“Through VAYA, actor turned director Akin Omotoso centers on South Africa’s diverse communities to explore the universal experiences related to coming of age,” explained ARRAY’s Vice President Tilane Jones. “We’re excited to add this vibrant work to ARRAY’s catalog and we look forward to sharing its message of hope in the face of adversity with an international audience.”

The deal was negotiated by Gordon Bobb of Del, Shaw, Moonves, Tanaka, Finkelstein & Lezcano on behalf of ARRAY as well as Christina Campagnola of APA Agency for the filmmaker.

ABOUT ARRAY

Founded in 2010 by Ava DuVernay, ARRAY is a film collective dedicated to the amplification of images by people of color and women directors. Now in its eighth year, ARRAY Releasing focuses on grass-roots distribution of feature narrative and documentary work by varied voices. Newly formed non-profit ARRAY Alliance expands on the organization’s deep roots in independent film through special programming geared towards impactful, inclusive initiatives. Together, ARRAY continues to champion underrepresented creators in creative spaces.

GETTY IMAGES AND ARRAY ANNOUNCE RECIPIENTS OF THE INAUGURAL GETTY IMAGES ARRAY GRANT, SUPPORTING MARGINALIZED VOICES IN FILM AND PHOTOGRAPHY

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Four winners from the USA, Madagascar, UK and USA were selected from over 500 global submissions and will be awarded $5000 US to continue their projects exploring fatherhood, feminism, culture and the African Diaspora

Getty Images, a world leader in visual communications, in partnership with ARRAY Alliance, a creative collective founded by filmmaker Ava DuVernay to amplify films made by people of color and women of all kinds, today announced four winners of the very first Getty Images ARRAY Grant. Selected from over 500 global submissions, by a panel of esteemed industry experts, the recipients – two photographers and two filmmakers – will receive $5,000 US each to put towards new or continuing projects.

Launched in May this year, the Getty Images ARRAY Grant was established to elevate the visual narrative of underrepresented ethnic communities such as African American, Caribbean, South Asian, Arab, Indigenous or Latinx for example, and use their medium to progress visual representation.

The winning work had to demonstrably challenge dominant narratives and embrace authenticity and inclusion to drive representative stories.

The 2018 recipients are:

Photography

Miora Rajaonary is a photographer born and raised in Madagascar and currently based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Her project ‘Lamba’ explores cultural identity and heritage in her home country by examining the role of traditional garment in the Malagasy society.

Shawn Theodore is a Philadelphia based photographer, whose work encompasses investigations of African American and African Diasporic life within disappearing Black American neighborhoods.  His submission ‘Church of Broken Pieces’ develops myth-based visual narratives to confront constructs of African Diasporic identity as it is challenged by historical and contemporary American and European society.

Film

Curtis Essel is a director of 33 BOUND; a creative collective based in London. His (unfinished) film project ‘AGYA’ (Father in Tiwi, a Ghanaian Dialect) explores the concept of fatherhood, through the experience of Yaw, a father of four from Ghana.

Mayye Zayed is an Egyptian filmmaker and a co-founder of Rufy’s Films; an independent film production company and a collective of 5 filmmakers in Alexandria, Egypt. Her film project ‘Lift Like a Girl, with cinematographer Mohamad El-Hadidi, challenges traditional female stereotypes and celebrates gender equality through the story of a young girl Zebiba, who dreams of becoming a professional weightlifter.

“At Getty Images we believe it is our responsibility support and enable photographers, filmmakers and content creators that are pushing the industry forward, and are especially proud to award these grants to four creatives who are challenging the visual norm and evoking new conversations,” said Andy Saunders, Senior Vice President, Creative Content.  “The creative talent, powerful storytelling and overall quality of work received through this process has been second to none.”

“There are underrepresented images of considerable beauty made within communities of color. Our creative collective was founded on the premise that the visions and voices of marginalized artists must be amplified,” said Mercedes Cooper, ARRAY’s Director of Marketing. “This grant collaboration with Getty has not only fostered the discovery of talent across gender, ethnicity, religion, subject and culture, but also supported ARRAY’s continued celebration of visual work from creators around the world that reflects authentic and artful storytelling.”

The Getty Images Creative Bursary is part of the Getty Images Grants program, which exists to support the world’s most innovative photographers and tell important world stories. Since the inception of the program 12 years ago, the company has awarded in excess of US$1.4 million.

For more information about the Getty Images Grants program, or to submit an application for consideration, please visit Where We Stand.

 

GETTY IMAGES AND ARRAY LAUNCHES NEW GRANT TO SUPPORT AUTHENTIC VISUAL STORYTELLING FOR UNDERREPRESENTED COMMUNITIES AND CULTURES

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Getty Images partners with Director Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY Alliance to launch four new grants that aim to shine a light on authentic visual narratives of underrepresented communities

Getty Images, a world leader in visual communications, in partnership with ARRAY Alliance, a creative collective founded by director Ava DuVernay to amplify the work of women and people of color filmmakers, today announced the launch of the first Getty Images ARRAY Grant, open to both filmmakers and photographers from around the world who are using their art forms to create diverse and inclusive visual stories.

Four grants of $5,000 each, totaling $20,000, will be awarded to two commercial creative photographers and two editorial filmmakers who capture the visual narrative of underrepresented ethnic communities such as African American, Caribbean, South Asian, Arab, Indigenous or Latinx for example, and use their medium to progress visual representation.  In addition to financial remuneration, recipients will also receive mentoring support and guidance from Getty Images and ARRAY.

The winners will be selected based on their project submissions, focusing on the quality of their cinematography, photographic skills and how their work is used to drive authenticity and inclusion.

“Getty Images’ mission is to move the world with images,” said Andy Saunders, Senior Vice President, Creative Content at Getty Images. “Our perceptions of what is possible are often shaped by what we see, and imagery and film play a powerful role in fighting stereotypes, and in empowering communities to feel represented in society.”

Saunders continues, “We are thrilled to be further expanding our Grants program – even more so with an honorable and committed organization like ARRAY, who have already done so much for amplifying voices and ensuring a more inclusive and equitable creative industry.”

“We at ARRAY are proud to collaborate with Getty Images to identify and amplify exceptional, underrepresented image makers through this initiative,” said DuVernay. “Our mission is to shift the dominant gaze and create a new normal when it comes to the voices and vision of artists of all kinds, and we are pleased to join forces with Getty Images in this effort.”

“Our organization was founded to advocate for more inclusion in the creative fields and we are excited to partner with a venerable institution like Getty Images to initiate real world impact as a champion of these important storytellers,” said ARRAY executive director Maori Karmael Holmes.

Submissions will be judged by a prestigious panel including;

Kira Kelly, Cinematographer

Jima (Atsushi) Nishijima, Film photographer and Cinematographer

Marc Baptiste, Photographer

MFon: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora
Laylah Amatullah Barrayn, Founder + Editor-In-Chief
Adama Delphine Fawundu, Founder + Editor-In-Chief

Ramona Rosales, Photographer

The Getty Images ARRAY Grant is part of Getty Images’ wider grants program, which since its inception has donated over US$1.6 million to photographers around the world.

ARRAY, founded by award-winning director Ava DuVernay, has opened doors to the film industry since 2010, fostering a collective resource to amplify films by women and people of color, globally.

Applications will be accepted until Friday 8th June, at 11:59 p.m. PT. Entrants can apply online at WhereWeStand.com/grants.

 

About Getty Images

Getty Images is one of the most trusted and esteemed sources of visual content in the world, with over 300 million assets including photos, videos, and music, available through its industry-leading sites www.gettyimages.com and www.istock.com. The Getty Images website serves creative, business and media customers in nearly every country in the world and is the first place people turn to discover, purchase and share powerful visual content from the world’s best photographers and videographers. Getty Images works with over 240,000 contributors and hundreds of image partners to provide comprehensive coverage of more than 160,000 news, sport and entertainment eventseach year, impactful creative imagery to communicate any commercial concept and the world’s deepest digital archive of historic photography.

Visit Getty Images at www.gettyimages.com to learn more about how the company is advancing the unique role of still and moving imagery in communication and business, and enabling creative ideas to come to life.  For company news and announcements, visit our Press Room, and for the stories and inspiration behind our content, visit Stories & Trends. Find Getty Images on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Tumblr, or download the Getty Images app where you can explore, save and share the world’s best imagery.

 

About ARRAY Alliance

In 2010 award-winning filmmaker, distributor and activist Ava DuVernay founded ARRAY Releasing. The independent film collective has distributed 18 films culled from festivals around the world. These award-winning works by underrepresented filmmakers offer a glimpse into the interior lives of characters and landscapes often overlooked by mainstream outlets. In 2018, DuVernay launched ARRAY Alliance, a non-profit organization dedicated to amplifying the work of underrepresented filmmakers. Through a variety of initiatives including grantmaking, audience development, and curatorial programs, the Alliance works to provide access and a sense of belonging for women filmmakers and filmmakers of color in the film and television industry.

ARRAY RELEASING ACQUIRES JEWEL’S CATCH ONE

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LOS ANGELES, CA (March 2, 2018) - Today ARRAY Releasing announces the film collective's eighteenth feature film acquisition, JEWEL’S CATCH ONE. Marking the second feature from woman filmmaker C. Fitz, the documentary explores the legacy of America’s oldest Black-owned disco club as well as the life of businesswoman and activist, Jewel Thais-Williams, who provided safe spaces for LGBTQ, Black and AIDS impacted communities in Los Angeles for four decades. ARRAY has acquired worldwide distribution rights and will debut JEWEL’S CATCH ONE on May 1 with a national screening tour and simultaneous release on Netflix. The announcement was made by ARRAY Founder Ava DuVernay. 

Ms. Fitz’s JEWEL’S CATCH ONE is an electric and melodic journey highlighted by exclusive interviews with Sharon Stone, Thelma Houston, Evelyn "Champagne" King, Madonna, Sandra Bernhard, Thea Austin, Jenifer Lewis, Representative Maxine Waters and Bonnie Pointer. CCH Pounder narrates this historically important film rich with music from the last forty years.

“Through her film, documentarian C. Fitz shows how one woman created an inclusive venue and sense of belonging in a major U.S. city," explained ARRAY’s Vice President Tilane Jones. “We’re excited to add this meaningful work to ARRAY’s catalog and we look forward to building conversations with audiences worldwide about the story’s themes of activism and representation.”

The deal was negotiated by Gordon Bobb of Del, Shaw, Moonves, Tanaka, Finkelstein & Lezcano on behalf of ARRAY as well as Elsa Ramo and Tiffany Boyle of Ramo Law for the filmmaker.

ABOUT ARRAY

Founded in 2010 by Ava DuVernay, ARRAY is a film collective dedicated to the amplification of images by people of color and women directors. Now in it’s tenth year, ARRAY Releasing focuses on grass-roots distribution of feature narrative and documentary work by varied voices.  Newly formed non-profit ARRAY Alliance expands on the organization’s deep roots in independent film through special programming geared towards impactful, inclusive initiatives. Together, ARRAY continues to champion underrepresented creators in creative spaces.

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ARRAY RELEASING ACQUIRES "TEACH US ALL"

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LOS ANGELES, CA (August 15, 2017) - Today ARRAY announces the film distribution collective's seventeenth feature film acquisition, TEACH US ALL. Marking the directorial debut from Sonia Lowman, the timely documentary examines the U.S. education system from the historic Little Rock Crisis to present day disparities in access that are culminating into a re-segregation of schools across the nation. ARRAY has acquired worldwide distribution rights. On September 25, ARRAY will debut TEACH US ALL on Netflix accompanied by a national screening tour to include Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Seattle, Houston, Memphis and Gary to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the Little Rock Nine’s momentous school integration. The announcement was made by ARRAY Founder Ava DuVernay. 

In September 1957, nine African American students were selected to integrate the previously all-white Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas. The enrollment of these students known as the “Little Rock Nine” was met with violent, racially charged opposition and became a seminal mark in the Civil Rights Movement. Lowman’s TEACH US ALL juxtaposes narratives of current students in Little Rock, AK with recounts from two Little Rock Nine members, then expands it’s scope to case studies from New York City and Los Angeles.  The film weaves together interviews, archival images, and news footage to present one of the most urgent civil rights issues of our time; quality education for all children.

“Through her film, documentarian Sonia Lowman has created an important platform for discussion about the current state of education in our nation and how far we have come – or not come – in the past 60 years," explained ARRAY’s Executive Director Tilane Jones. “We’re thrilled to add this meaningful work to ARRAY’s catalog and we look forward to sharing the story’s call to action with audiences worldwide at the time of the anniversary.”

The deal was negotiated by Gordon Bobb of Del, Shaw, Moonves, Tanaka, Finkelstein & Lezcano on behalf of ARRAY and Lisa A. Callif, Esq. of Donaldson + Callif, LLP for the filmmakers.

NATIONAL TOUR ENGAGEMENTS:
Los Angeles, CA         California African American Museum

Philadelphia, PA          African American Museum in Philadelphia

Seattle, WA                 Sankofa Film Society at Ark Lodge Cinema

Memphis, TN              National Civil Rights Museum

Bloomington, IN          Black Film Center/Archive – Indiana University

Houston, TX               Houston Museum of African American Culture

Gary, IN                      Gary International Black Film Festival at Indiana University Northwest

 ABOUT ARRAY

Founded in 2010 by Ava DuVernay, Array Releasing is a film collective dedicated to the amplification of images by people of color and women directors. The organization’s founding partners include: Urbanworld (NYC), Imagenation (NYC), Reelblack (Philadelphia), BronzeLens Film Festival (Atlanta) and DVA (Los Angeles). The collective’s film releases to date include: 2016 DOC NYC Official Selection THE HOUSE ON COCO ROAD; 2016 Los Angeles Film Festival LA Muse Award Winner NAMOUR; 2015 SXSW Official Selection HONEYTRAP; 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival Official Selection ECHO PARK; 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival winners OUT OF MY HAND and AYANDA; 1983 Berlinale FIPRESCI Prize winner ASHES AND EMBERS; 2012 Sundance Best Director Award Winner MIDDLE OF NOWHERE; 2011 Sundance World Cinema Audience Award Winner KINYARWANDA; 2011 Sundance Film Festival Official Selection RESTLESS CITY; Official Slamdance Selections VANISHING PEARLS and BIG WORDS, Jamaican gem BETTER MUS’ COME and 2011 Image Award winner I WILL FOLLOW.

ARRAY ANNOUNCES THEATRICAL TRAILER AND JUNE TOUR DATES FOR DAMANI BAKER’S 'THE HOUSE ON COCO ROAD'

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LOS ANGELES, CA (June 5, 2017) – The inclusive film distribution collective ARRAY is proud to release the theatrical trailer for 2016 DOC NYC and Los Angeles Film Festival Official Selection, THE HOUSE ON COCO ROAD. Marking the second documentary feature from filmmaker Damani Baker (STILL BILL), THE HOUSE ON COCO ROAD will launch a national screening tour on June 6th to include New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Atlanta, Chicago, Seattle, Houston, and Portland in advance of its June 30th Netflix debut in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand. The announcement was made by ARRAY Founder Ava DuVernay.

ARRAY RELEASING ACQUIRES DOCUMENTARY FILM 'THE HOUSE ON COCO ROAD'

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LOS ANGELES, CA (May 26, 2017) – Today ARRAY announces the film distribution collective's sixteenth feature film acquisition, THE HOUSE ON COCO ROAD. Set amidst the Grenada Revolution, THE HOUSE ON COCO ROAD documents one family’s flight from racial tensions in 1980’s Oakland, California, only to find themselves settled directly in the path of a U.S. military invasion. First hand accounts from activists Angela Davis, Fania Davis and Fannie Haughton weave together director Damani Baker’s family portrait of utopian dreams, resistance and civil unrest with a film score composed by music luminary Meshell Ndegeocello. ARRAY has acquired distribution rights for United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand territories. ARRAY will debut THE HOUSE ON COCO ROAD on Netflix on June 30 and will tour the country semi-theatrically. The announcement was made by ARRAY Founder Ava DuVernay.

ARRAY KICKS OFF WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH WITH 12 HOUR FILMMAKER TWITTER TAKE-OVER

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Los Angeles, CA (February 28, 2017) – Today ARRAY, the independent film distribution collective founded by filmmaker Ava DuVernay, announced the launch of its third Twitter Take-Over, known as Rebel-A-Thon. Rebel-A-Thons celebrate underrepresented filmmakers while raising awareness for ARRAY’s annual membership drive. This year's campaign will unite women filmmakers for a day of interaction to honor Women’s History Month.

ARRAY RELEASING ACQUIRES COMING OF AGE DRAMEDY "NAMOUR"

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LOS ANGELES, CA (January 11, 2017) – Today ARRAY announces NAMOUR as the film collective's fifteenth feature film acquisition. NAMOUR made its world premiere at the 2016 Los Angeles Film Festival where Egyptian-American filmmaker Heidi Saman garnered the festival's LA Muse Award. A sparse and stylized homage to Los Angeles, NAMOUR explores the complexities of personal responsibility versus moral convictions. Featuring an international cast, the movie stars Karim Saleh (IRON MAN 2, KINGDOM OF HEAVEN), Waleed Zuaiter (20th CENTURY WOMAN, LONDON HAS FALLEN, OMAR) and new comer, Wedad Abdou. ARRAY has acquired distribution rights in the Unites States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, Ireland and New Zealand territories. NAMOUR will debut theatrically and on-demand on March 15. The announcement was made by ARRAY Founder Ava DuVernay. 

ARRAY ANNOUNCES NEW THEATRICAL TRAILER AND FALL RELEASE DATES FOR ROMANTIC THRILLER: REBECCA JOHNSON’S 'HONEYTRAP'

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Los Angeles, CA (September 7, 2016) – The inclusive distribution collective ARRAY is proud to release the exclusive theatrical trailer for the 2015 SXSW and Urbanworld Film Festival Official Selection, HONEYTRAP. Marking the feature directorial debut of UK native Rebecca Johnson, HONEYTRAP will launch with a national screening tour on September 23rd to include New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Chicago, Seattle, Houston, Memphis and Boston in advance of its Netflix debut in the US and Canada on October 3rd. The announcement was made by ARRAY Founder Ava DuVernay.

ARRAY RELEASING ACQUIRES INTENSE UK CRIME DRAMA BASED ON REAL LIFE EVENTS "HONEYTRAP"

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LOS ANGELES, CA (August 4, 2016) – Today ARRAY announces the acquisition of HONEYTRAP, the fourteenth theatrical release for the film collective since its inception. Received with critical-acclaim when it debuted in the UK in 2015, HONEYTRAP is the harrowing rite-of-passage drama inspired by a real-life crime of love, betrayal and murder in 2009. Featuring an international cast, the movie stars Jessica Sula (Skins, ABC Family's Recovery Road) Lucien Laviscount (Fox's Scream Queens), Naomi Ryan (GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY) and Ntonga Mwanza (LEAVE TO REMAIN). ARRAY has acquired North American distribution rights. The announcement was made by ARRAY Founder Ava DuVernay.

ARRAY RELEASING ACQUIRES LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL 2014 OFFICIAL SELECTION "ECHO PARK" DIRECTED BY AMANDA MARSALIS

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LOS ANGELES, CA (February 3, 2016) – ARRAY today announced the acquisition of ECHO PARK, official selection of the 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival and eleventh theatrical release for the film collective. ECHO PARK is a lyrical romantic drama that embraces the physical terrain of Southern California and the emotional landscape of love lost and found. Directed by acclaimed celebrity photographer turned filmmaker Amanda Marsalis (Vogue, GQ) and starring Mamie Gummer (CBS' The Good Wife, CAKE) and Anthony Okungbowa (The Ellen DeGeneres Show, MOTHER OF GEORGE). ARRAY has acquired worldwide distribution rights. The announcement was made by ARRAY Founder Ava DuVernay.

ARRAY PRESENTS THE 5TH ANNUAL ARRAY SOIREE AT SUNDANCE WITH INDIEGOGO

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LOS ANGELES, CA (January 15, 2016) – Array and Indiegogo today announced the beginning of their collaboration to amplify the awareness and support of independent films by content creators of color and women filmmakers around the world.  At this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Array and Indiegogo will convene an intimate gathering of fifty influencers representing both the creative and business sides of the industry, with the goal of discussing the state of varied voices in film, and brainstorming ideas for the future.   

ARRAY RELEASING ACQUIRES NEVER-BEFORE-RELEASED CLASSIC FILM FOR RESTORATION AND THEATRICAL DISTRIBUTION HAILE GERIMA’S “ASHES AND EMBERS”

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LOS ANGELES, CA (December 16, 2015) – Array Releasing today announced the acquisition of the celebrated auteur Haile Gerima's rarely seen cinematic achievement ASHES AND EMBERS, winner of the FIPRESSCI Prize at the Berlin International Film Festival 1983. Scheduled for restoration and distribution in February 2016 through a new initiative known as Array Classics, ASHES AND EMBERS tells the story of an African-American Vietnam vet wrestling with a turbulent past and a chaotic political climate to make a future for himself. 

SARA BLECHER’S “AYANDA” and TAKESHI FUKUNAGA’S “OUT OF MY HAND” TO BE RELEASED AS THEATRICAL DOUBLE FEATURE ON NOVEMBER 13, 2015

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LOS ANGELES, CA (October 19, 2015) – The diverse distribution collective Array Releasing is proud to announce a special double feature theatrical experience for its Fall 2015 releases. Beginning November 13, Array will open Sara Blecher’s AYANDA and Takeshi Fukunaga’s OUT OF MY HAND in Los Angeles and New York City followed by a national tour to include Atlanta, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Seattle, Houston and Boston.

AFRICAN-AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL RELEASING MOVEMENT WILL SUPPORT MORE DIVERSE FILMMAKERS THROUGH RE-LAUNCH AS ARRAY

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Los Angeles, CA (September 8, 2015) - Founded by filmmaker Ava DuVernay in 2010 through a collaboration with key black film festivals and arts organizations, the African-American Festival Releasing Movement (AFFRM) will re-launch today as ARRAY, with an expanded focus on filmmakers of color and women filmmakers. The distribution collective of arts organizations and individual advocates will continue to release and champion films by black filmmakers from the African diaspora, as well as Latino, Asian, Native American, Middle Eastern, and women filmmakers.

ARRAY RELEASING ACQUIRES AWARD-WINNING DOCUMENTARY '25 TO LIFE'

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Los Angeles, CA (November 7, 2014) – ARRAY, the multi-platform distribution label of the African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement (AFFRM), today announced the acquisition of 25 TO LIFE, a Ford Foundation grant winner. Marking the feature directorial debut of Mike L. Brown, Array will release 25 TO LIFE for a one-week engagement in Los Angeles on November 28, 2014, followed by one-night engagements worldwide beginning on World Aids Day on December 1, 2014. ARRAY has acquired worldwide distribution rights. The announcement was made by AFFRM Founder Ava DuVernay.

AFRICAN-AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL RELEASING MOVEMENT’S MULTI-PLATFORM LABEL ARRAY RELEASING ACQUIRES SLAMDANCE 2014 OFFICIAL SELECTION 'VANISHING PEARLS'

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Los Angeles, CA (March 18, 2014) – ARRAY, the multi-platform distribution label of the African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement (AFFRM), today announced the acquisition of Slamdance 2014 Official Documentary Selection, VANISHING PEARLS. Marking the directorial debut of  Louisiana native Nailah Jefferson, VANISHING PEARLS will be released on April 18, 2014 to coincide with the fourth anniversary of BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil disaster.  ARRAY has acquired worldwide distribution rights. The announcement was made by AFFRM Founder Ava DuVernay.

AFRICAN-AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL RELEASING MOVEMENT’S MULTI-PLATFORM LABEL ACQUIRES SLAMDANCE FAVORITE 'BIG WORDS'

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Los Angeles, CA, April 16, 2013 – ARRAY, the multi-platform distribution label of African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement (AFFRM), today announced the acquisition of Slamdance 2013 Official Selection, BIG WORDS, the directorial debut of former Entertainment Weekly reporter Neil Drumming. The film stars Dorian Missick (“Southland”) as the title character, along with Gbenga Akinnagbe (“The Wire”), Zachary Booth (‘Keep The Lights On”), Yaya Alafia (“The Kids Are All Right’) with Darien Sills-Evans  and rapper Jean Grae. ARRAY has acquired all U.S. distribution rights. The announcement was made by AFFRM Founder Ava DuVernay.