Los Angeles, CA (February 15, 2018) – Ava DuVernay, founder of the film collective ARRAY, today announced the appointment of Maori Holmes as Executive Director of the non-profit organization, Array Alliance. In addition, Tilane Jones had been promoted to Vice-President of the film distribution arm, Array Releasing.
“It is a gift to have Maori Holmes join our tribe as we enter a new era of public programming and educational work at ARRAY,” said DuVernay. “Maori brings a deep well of knowledge around artist-centered organizations and a stellar reputation in the world of artists and curators of color. She joins a passionate team here headed by Tilane Jones, who just celebrated ten years of work with Array amplifying films by women and people of color.”
Holmes most recently served as Director of Public Engagement at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia and Producing Artistic Director of BlackStar Film Festival. As Executive Director of Array Alliance, she will oversee public programming and educational initiatives for the ten year old organization, as well as focus on initiating strategic partnerships, cultivating relationships with foundations and corporate sponsors, and growing the collective’s annual operating budget. Jones, a ten year veteran of Array, will continue to oversee all aspects of film acquisitions and distribution, reporting directly to DuVernay.
Founded in 2010 by Ava DuVernay, ARRAY 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), BronzeLens Film Festival (Atlanta) and DVA (Los Angeles). The collective’s film releases to date include: U.S. educational documentary TEACH US ALL, 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.