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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.

“AYANDA and OUT OF MY HAND are films that represent the breadth and width of diverse filmmaking. A drama dissecting love in all forms directed by a South African woman and a story of migration and masculinity directed by a New York-based Japanese man, both starring all-black casts, prove to be a powerful duo,” explained Array’s Executive Director Tilane Jones. “These are the varied visions and voices that Array celebrates and amplifies through our releases. We’re thrilled to showcase these films together for film lovers who appreciate distinct, robust storytelling from underrepresented perspectives.”

AYANDA is a coming-of-age story that takes us into a vibrant Johannesburg community alive with love and humor, risk and reward, tragedy and triumph. Blecher centers the film on a young woman’s journey of self-discovery as she struggles to save her father’s car repair shop along with her memory of him.  This film held its world premiere screening at the 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival winning the Special Jury Prize in the World Fiction Competition. 

OUT OF MY HAND takes viewers inside the humble life of a Liberian rubber plantation worker. Fukunaga’s film depicts the severe working conditions, failed unionization and corporate corruption that drive one man away from his family and his country to the foreign streets of New York City where his past forces him to confront his sense of isolation and belonging. This film debuted in the Panorama Section of the 2015 Berlin International Film Festival and won the U.S. Fiction award at the 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival.

OPENING WEEK THEATRICAL ENGAGEMENTS:

AYANDA and OUT OF MY HAND

Starting 11/13       Los Angeles                Downtown Independent
Starting 11/13       New York                    Imagenation RAW Space
Starting 11/18       New York                    Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

ONE-NIGHT TOUR ENGAGEMENTS:
AYANDA
11/13               Washington DC               Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of African Art
11/14               Atlanta, GA                      Georgia Pacific Auditorium presented by Bronzelens
11/17               Philadelphia, PA              African American Museum presented by Reelblack
11/19               Houston, TX                    Houston Museum of African American Culture
11/22               Montgomery, AL              Pure Artistry Literary Café
11/24               Seattle, WA                     Ark Lodge Cinema
12/01               Calabash, NC                 South Brunswick Islands Center
12/05               Boston, MA                     Arts Emerson presented by Reel Life Experience
12/05               Greensboro, NC             The Artist Bloc

OUT OF MY HAND
11/14               Atlanta, GA                    Georgia Pacific Auditorium presented by Bronzelens
11/17               Philadelphia, PA            African American Museum presented by Reelblack
11/20               New York, NY               Imagenation RAW Space
11/22               Montgomery, AL            Pure Art Literary Café
11/24               Seattle, WA                   Ark Lodge Cinema
11/26               Houston, TX                 Houston Museum of African American Culture
12/01               Calabash, NC               South Brunswick Islands Center
12/06               Boston, MA                   MFA-Boston presented by The Color of Film Collaborative
12/08               Washington, DC           Anacostia Arts Center presented by Parallel Film Collective
12/12               Greensboro, NC           The Artist Bloc

 

ABOUT ARRAY

Array Releasing (www.ArrayNow.com) is an LA-based arts collective dedicated to the amplification of films by people of color and women founded as AFFRM in 2010 by filmmaker Ava DuVernay. Since 2010, ARRAY’s founding organizations include: Urbanworld (NYC), Imagenation (NYC), Reelblack (Philadelphia), BronzeLens Film Festival (Atlanta) and DVA (Los Angeles). The collective’s film releases to date include: 2012 Sundance Best Director Award Winner MIDDLE OF NOWHERE; 2011 Sundance World Cinema Audience Award Winner KINYARWANDA, 2011 Sundance Film Festival Official “Next” Selection RESTLESS CITY; Official Slamdance Selections VANISHING PEARLS and BIG WORDS, Jamaican gem BETTER MUS’ COME and 2011 Image Award winner I WILL FOLLOW.