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
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.