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.
“Filmmaker Damani Baker’s cinematic journey into the heart of women-led political movements and his mother’s pursuit of liberty for her children at all costs is immensely inspiring," explained ARRAY’s Executive Director Tilane Jones. “We’re excited to share this piece of American history and activism with an international film audience."
THE HOUSE ON COCO ROAD is an intimate documentary exploration of heritage and history against the backdrop of a brewing Afro-centric revolution as the U.S. government prepares to invade the island nation of Grenada. The film held its world premiere at the 2016 Los Angeles Film Festival.
The deal was negotiated by Gordon Bobb of Del, Shaw, Moonves, Tanaka, Finkelstein & Lezcano on behalf of ARRAY.
Founded by Ava DuVernay, Array Releasing is a film collective dedicated to the amplification of images by people of color and women. Since 2010 the organization’s 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 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.