LOS ANGELES, CA (January 19, 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.
With already aligned missions, these two organizations will continue to focus their advocacy efforts on supporting artists and achieving equality in filmmaking. The Array Soiree will provide an empowering opportunity to connect and activate this collective around the democratic advancement of diverse storytelling in independent film.
"On behalf of ARRAY's Maverick and Rebel members and our Founding Leaders, I'm thrilled to hold hands with our friends at Indiegogo on this intimate gathering of film artists and advocates focused on community and change," explained Ava DuVernay, ARRAY Founder. "Indiegogo has proven to be the perfect, like-minded partner in this experiential endeavor at Sundance to asset the importance and beauty of filmmakers of color and women filmmakers."
“We started Indiegogo because we believe every idea deserves a chance at success and every person deserves the opportunity to fund what matters to them – whether that’s a story that’s never been told or a film from a voice that’s never been heard,” said Danae Ringelmann, Co-Founder and Chief Development Officer of Indiegogo. “We’re so excited to start working with ARRAY in our mutual mission to empower all aspiring filmmakers to get a chance to bring their ideas to the screen.”
Array Releasing (www.ArrayNow.com) is an LA-based film collective dedicated to the amplification of images by people of color and women. Founded as AFFRM in 2010 by filmmaker Ava DuVernay, ARRAY’s partner organizations include: Urbanworld (NYC), Imagenation (NYC), Reelblack (Philadelphia), BronzeLens Film Festival (Atlanta) and DVA (Los Angeles). The collective’s film releases to date include: 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival winners OUT OF MY HAND and AYANDA; 1983 Berinale 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.