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.
Utilizing the hashtag #ArrayToday, over twenty-five directors across five countries will join the 12-hour long Twitter Q&A in support of ARRAY’s mission to amplify the voices of women and people of color filmmakers. The Twitter gathering will also spotlight ARRAY’s most recent acquisition, NAMOUR, directed by EgyptianAmerican filmmaker Heidi Saman.
"We offer this year’s Rebel-A-Thon as an opportunity to highlight the important contributions made by women filmmakers," said ARRAY's Executive Director Tilane Jones. "On March 1 we will stand together for inclusiveness in the industry."
The digital event will be hosted by ARRAY founder and Oscar-nominated director, Ava DuVernay (13TH, SELMA) and includes some of film's most prolific storytellers including:
Amanda Marsalis (ECHO PARK)
Amma Asante (A UNITED KINGDOM)
Anna Rose Holmer (THE FITS)
Ava DuVernay (SELMA)
Aurora Guerrero (MOSQUITA Y MARI)
Ayoka Chenzira (ALMA’S RAINBOW)
Christine Swanson (ALL ABOUT US)
DeMane Davis (LIFT)
Hanelle M. Culpepper (WITHIN)
Heidi Saman (NAMOUR)
Jennifer Brea (UNREST)
Julie Dash (DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST)
Kasi Lemmons (EVE’S BAYOU)
Kat Candler (HELLION)
Leila Djansi (LIKE COTTON TWINES)
Lucy Walker (DEVIL’S PLAYGROUND)
Marta Cunningham (VALENTINE ROAD)
Millicent Shelton (RIDE)
Mira Nair (QUEEN OF KATWE)
Robin Swicord (WAKEFIELD)
Sara Blecher (AYANDA)
Shola Lynch (FREE ANGELA AND ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS)
Stella Meghie (EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING)
Tanya Hamilton (NIGHT CATCHES US)
Tina Gordon Chism (PEEPLES)
Tina Mabry (MISSISSIPPI DAMNED)
Victoria Mahoney (YELLING TO THE SKY)
Since 2010, Array Releasing has distributed fifteen feature films by underrepresented filmmakers in theaters and on digital platforms. Commencing March 1, the two-week membership drive is a call to action that helps to sustain those efforts, culminating with a March 15 Netflix debut of NAMOUR. The announcement was made by ARRAY Founder, Ava DuVernay.
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 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.