Hi Brooklyn! ARRAY HQ will participate in Afropunk 2018 with a special Twitter photo booth + swag from our friends OWN, Vernon Francois, and Damone Roberts. #afropunk. Come see about us Saturday, August 25 + Sunday, August 26 in the Spinthrift Market at Commodore Barry Park. Follow along festival weekend via Twitter #arraypunk.
Marking the second documentary from C. Fitz, JEWEL'S CATCH ONE explores the legacy of America’s oldest Black-owned disco club as well as the life of businesswoman and activist, Jewel Thais-Williams, who provided safe spaces for LGBTQ, Black and AIDS impacted communities in Los Angeles for four decades. Exclusive interviews with Sharon Stone, Thelma Houston, Evelyn "Champagne" King, Madonna, Sandra Bernhard, Thea Austin, Jenifer Lewis, Representative Maxine Waters and Bonnie Pointer provide testimony in this electric and historically important film narrated by CCH Pounder.
FULL DETAILS + SCREENING DATES HERE!
Merging fictional and non-fictional worlds reflective of the LGBTQ experience, The Broad and ARRAY, founded by filmmaker Ava DuVernay, presents a double feature screening of the cult classic 'The Watermelon Woman' (1996), directed by and starring Cheryl Dunye, and the electric documentary 'Jewel's Catch One' (2016), by woman filmmaker C. Fitz. A conversation with Dunye and Fitz moderated by Justin Simien, 'Dear White People' creator, immediately follow 'The Watermelon Woman' screening.
'The Watermelon Woman' is an imaginative romantic comedy about a young woman who meets the girl of her dreams while making a film about an obscure Black actress from the 1930s. 'Jewel's Catch One' explores the legacy of America’s oldest Black-owned disco club as well as the life of businesswoman and activist, Jewel Thais-Williams, who provided safe spaces for LGBTQ, Black and AIDS-impacted communities in Los Angeles for four decades. Both films are unrated and run 90 minutes each.
TIX + PROGRAM DETAILS HERE!
ARRAY is proud to partner with Getty Images to launch the first Getty Images ARRAY Grant, open to both filmmakers and photographers from around the world who are using their art forms to create diverse and inclusive visual stories.
Applications will be accepted until Friday, June 8. Apply today HERE!
Four grants of $5,000 each, totaling $20,000, will be awarded to two commercial creative photographers and two editorial filmmakers who capture the visual narrative of underrepresented ethnic communities such as African American, Caribbean, South Asian, Arab, Indigenous or Latinx for example, and use their medium to progress visual representation. In addition to financial remuneration, recipients will also receive mentoring support and guidance from Getty Images and ARRAY.
The winners will be selected based on their project submissions, focusing on the quality of their cinematography, photographic skills and how their work is used to drive authenticity and inclusion.
Recognized as the first feature film by an African-American women with a wide theatrical release in the United States, Julie Dash's DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST follows a multi-generational family on the Sea Islands off of South Carolina. These former West African slaves, who adopted many of their ancestors’ Yoruba traditions, struggle to maintain their cultural heritage and folklore while contemplating a migration to the mainland, even further from their roots. This cult classic filled with lush imagery and poetic dialogue will serve as entry into candid dialogue about cultural identity on and off screen. A conversation with filmmakers Julie Dash and Ava DuVernay to follow immediately after the screening.
Marking the directorial debut from Sonia Lowman, the timely documentary TEACH US ALL examines the U.S. education system from the historic Little Rock Crisis to present day disparities in access that are culminating to a re-segregation of schools across the nation. On September 25, ARRAY will debut TEACH US ALL on Netflix accompanied by a national tour to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the Little Rock Nine’s momentous school integration.
Full date + city tour listing HERE.
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. 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. The film held its world premiere at the 2016 Los Angeles Film Festival.
THE HOUSE ON COCO ROAD debuts on Netflix starting June 30 via ARRAY. Full date + city tour listing HERE.
Recognized as one of the founding works of African cinema, Ousmane Sembène's BLACK GIRL follows a young Senegalese woman as she journeys to France for work and a life worthy of her. This stirring 1966 classic will serve as entry into candid dialogue about images of black femininity post-colonialism. A conversation with special guests to follow immediately after the screening.
Wedad Abdel Aziz Abdou | Namour | @wedad_abdou
Mona Hala | Layla | @monahalaofficia
Nicole Haddad | Tamara | @thenicolehaddad
Jessica Lu | Grace | @hijessicalu
Melina Lizette | Gabi | @theladymeli
Heidi Saman | Writer/Director/Producer | @heidisaman
Kristin Fairweather | Executive Producer | @kfilm8
Dawn Chenette | Director of Photography | @dawn_ec
Sharmila Ray | Production Designer | @saywhatfooson
Peiyi Wong | Costume Designer | @peiyiamelia
Keely Weiss | Production Coordinator | @mynameiskeely
Regine Richards | First Assistant Director | @RegineTR
Grace Zahrah | 2nd Assistant Director | @gaquizi
Taryn Anderson | Still Photographer | @teekthesneak
Leigh Ruslyven | Production Assistant | @LeighRusevlyan
Angela Dalberiste | 1st Assistant Camera | @adalberiste
Join our signature 12-hour Twitter Take-Over on Wednesday, March 1 from 7am PST - 8pm EST (10am EST / 11pm EST). Ok, that is 13 hours we know. This year's Rebel-A-Thon will unite women filmmakers with film lovers online for Women's History Month and raise awareness for our current Rebel membership drive at ArrayNow.com das well as support our upcoming March 15 release of NAMOUR by Egyptian-American filmmaker Heidi Saman. Join the conversation on Twitter via #ArrayToday!
NAMOUR is a film about why life can feel like it's passing us by. Chronicling the unraveling of Steven Bassem (Kalim Saleh), a valet driver for a trendy Los Angeles restaurant caught between his dead-end job and the demands of his Arab-American immigrant family. NAMOUR made its world premiere at the 2016 Los Angeles Film Festival where Egyptian-American filmmaker Heidi Saman garnered the festival's LA Muse Award.
NAMOUR debuts on Netflix starting March 15 via ARRAY. Full date + city tour listing HERE.
Friendship, first loves, and fatality are navigated by four young men in COOLEY HIGH directed by Michael Schultz and written by Eric Monte. Set in 1960s Chicago, this coming of age story provides a slice of life look at both the light and grit of black teen spirit. The film's 1975 release provided a shift away from blaxploitation cinema common during that time and features breakout performances from Glynn Turman, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, Garrett Morris, and Cynthia Davis. The screening of this classic is curated by filmmaker Ava DuVernay (13TH, SELMA) and will serve as the springboard for a dynamic discussion about male identity, black images and the representation of both in cinema as well as in mainstream media.
A post-screening discussion with Emmy award-winning actor Glynn Turman will be moderated by Oscar winner Common.
She is a single mother raising six kids. He is a bachelor intimidated by fatherhood. Each has found their match in the classic film, Claudine. With characters portrayed exquisitely by Diahann Carroll and James Earl Jones, we navigate the welfare system, family structure, and racial tensions brewing on Harlem’s consciousness. Presented in 35MM and curated by filmmaker Ava DuVernay (SELMA), ARRAY @ The Broad’s screening of this 1974 motion picture will serve as the springboard for open exchange about economic and social stigmas and the role in which government plays in personal pursuits. A post screening discussion with special guests to follow immediately.
Girlhood and gang culture collide in HONEYTRAP as 15-year old Layla (Jessica Sula - Skins, ABC Family's Recovery Road) contends with bullying at a new school by transforming herself inside and out. The teen's compulsive journey for love and acceptance soon becomes fatal in this cautionary tale based on headline news adapted by writer/director Rebecca Johnson. HONEYTRAP held its world premiere screening at the 2014 BFI London Film Festival and is an official selection of SXSW and Urbanworld Film Festival.
HONEYTRAP debuts on Netflix starting October 3 via ARRAY. Full date + city tour listing HERE.
The nation’s largest competitive multicultural film festival, Urbanworld will take place September 21-25 in New York City.
Over the past 19 years, Urbanworld Film Festival has welcomed the biggest and brightest on screen talent, directors and key industry influencers. This engaging and unique 5-day festival includes film screenings (Documentary, Narrative and Shorts), panel discussions (UW Digital), Live screenplay readings and exclusive music performances (UW Music).
MORE INFORMATION AT: Urbanworld.org
The BronzeLens Film Festival of Atlanta, Georgia is a non-profit organization, founded in 2009, that is dedicated to bringing national and worldwide attention to Atlanta as a center for film and film production for people of color.
In fact, the mission of the BronzeLens Film Festival of Atlanta, Georgia is two fold: to promote Atlanta as the new film mecca for people of color; and to showcase films and provide networking opportunities that will develop the next generation of filmmakers.
Every fall, film lovers, actors, and film makers gather in culture-and-heritage-rich Atlanta, Georgia to share a creative platform of education, entertainment and empowerment discussions related to film, as well as television, and the production of both. The BronzeLens Film Festival will feature screenings in multiple venues, as well as informative panels, and enlightening Master Classes led by top names in film, direction, and production.
MORE INFORMATION AT: BRONZELENS.COM
Set against the stirrings of the civil rights movement and a rising wave of burgeoning black pride, NOTHING BUT A MAN, tells the story of a railroad section hand, who is forced to confront racial prejudice and self-denial when he falls in love with an educated preacher’s daughter. Presented in a recently restored 35mm print by the Library of Congress and Cinema Conservancy, ARRAY Releasing's screening of this 1964 work of art will serve as the springboard for open exchange about economic and social equality as well as the pursuit of selfhood in spite of both. A post-screening discussion will follow.
The 3rd film in our bi-monthly film + dialogue series in partnership with The Broad and REDCAT curated by ARRAY founder + filmmaker Ava DuVernay. Ticket are available HERE.
Amanda Marsalis’ ECHO PARK in theaters starting April 15! Join us in NY, LA + beyond! City listings and dates HERE.
ECHO PARK is directed by acclaimed celebrity photographer turned filmmaker Amanda Marsalis (Vogue, GQ) and written by Catalina Aguilar Mastretta. Starring Mamie Gummer (CBS' The Good Wife, CAKE) and Anthony Okungbowa (The Ellen DeGeneres Show, MOTHER OF GEORGE), ECHO PARK takes viewers inside a diverse East Los Angeles neighborhood where residents contend with life and love while being challenged to define themselves in spite of their zip code. Sophie (Gummer) flees from her life of status and security, developing an unexpected romance with Alex (Okungbowa) who is also in search of a new start.
A disillusioned veteran of the Vietnam War attempts to come to terms with his past and his current place as a black man in America in director Haile Gerima's ASHES AND EMBERS. Winner of the 1983 FIPRESCI Prize for Forum of New Cinema at the Berlin International Film Festival.
Filmmaker Haile Gerima will participate in a Q&A following the March 9 screening.
The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture located in Harlem, New York, is a research unit of The New York Public Library system. The Center consists of three connected buildings: The Schomburg Building, the Langston Hughes Building, and the Landmark Building. It is recognized as one of the leading institutions focusing exclusively on African-American, African Diaspora, and African experiences.
A disillusioned veteran of the Vietnam War attempts to come to terms with his past and his current place as a black man in America in director Haile Gerima's Ashes and Embers. Winner of the 1983 FIPRESCI Prize for Forum of New Cinema at the Berlin International Film Festival, this little seen screen gem will serve as entry into candid dialogue about nationalism, liberty and race relations explored from the artist viewpoint. Engaging the audience in this conversation is a high-profile quorum of actors, musicians and scholars selected by the filmmaker and ARRAY founder Ava DuVernay for this second gathering in this ongoing film series.
ARRAY @ The Broad is a bi-monthly screening series featuring classic and contemporary films curated to explore the intersection of art, history and cultural identity. With cinematic images as the centerpiece, this series will also engage audiences through robust post-screening conversations with a wide spectrum of artists and scholars. These immersive discussions, propelled by heightened social media and audience engagement, will offer an integrated exchange of ideas and insights beyond the screen that enliven many issues addressed by artists in the Broad collection.
We are proud to announce the Netflix release of the classic film ASHES AND EMBERS directed by vanguard auteur and veteran of black cinema, Haile Gerima. Following sold out screenings in Los Angeles and Washington, DC, the film continues its national revival tour! Follow along with @ArrayNow!
In a potent collision of race, romance and jazz, PARIS BLUES chronicles the passionate relationship of two couples embarking on intellectual and artistic adventures in turbulent times. Starring Sidney Poitier, Paul Newman, Diahann Carroll and Joanne Woodward and presented in exquisite 35mm, the screening of this 1961 gem will serve as the springboard for a dynamic discussion about identity, creativity and expatriatism.
Hosted by filmmaker + ARRAY founder Ava DuVernay with a surprise panel of actors, musicians and cultural commentators hand-picked from her Rolodex!
After tragedy strikes, a young woman begins a journey of self-discovery as she struggles to save her father’s car repair shop along with her memory of him. AYANDA is a coming-of-age story from writer/director Sara Blecher that takes us into a vibrant Johannesburg community alive with love and humor, risk and reward, tragedy and triumph. This film held its world premiere screening at the 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival winning the Special Jury Prize in the World Fiction Competition.
Opening in NY + LA theaters on November 13 via ARRAY. Full date + city listing HERE.
Directed by Takeshi Fukunaga, OUT OF MY HAND takes viewers inside the humble life of Liberian rubber plantation worker Cisco. Severe working conditions, failed unionization and corporate corruption ultimately drive him away from his family and his country to the foreign streets of New York City where his past forces him to confront his sense of isolation and belonging. This film debuted in the Panorama Section of the 2015 Berlin International Film Festival.
In NY + LA theaters on November 13 via ARRAY. Full date + city listing HERE.
In late 1970s Kingston, Jamaica, the two major political parties enlist the support of gangs to enforce their policies and advance their agendas. Community leader Ricky (Shepherd) leads one such wayward gang, whose members must regularly scavenge and steal to survive. He meets Kamala (Grey, Restless City) amid the chaos and they instantly connect despite the dangers of belonging to opposing gangs. A stirring cameo by Roger Guenveur Smith (Malcolm X, Do the Right Thing) as the Prime Minister provides the focus for this fictionalized dramatization of events surrounding the 1978 Green Bay Massacre.