Tilane Jones has worked with award-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay for ten years. Beginning with public relations and promotional company the The DuVernay Agency as well as production entity Forward Movement and most recently leading ARRAY as Executive Director. ARRAY has distributed seventeen feature films since 2011 including Andrew Dosunmu's RESTLESS CITY and Haile Gerima's ASHES AND EMBERS. Working as Manager of Production for Forward Movement, Jones has served as a producer for all of the company’s visual product. Her film credits include: Four-time EMMY winner 13TH, MIDDLE OF NOWHERE, THIS IS THE LIFE, I WILL FOLLOW, AUGUST 28: A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A PEOPLE, and Oscar nominated SELMA as well as acclaimed fashion and beauty films for Prada and Fashion Fair, THE DOOR and SAY YES, respectively. Her television credits include: BET's “Black Girls Rock,” “My Mic Sounds Nice,” “John Legend Interludes Live,” “Essence Music Festival 2010,” and ESPN Films' “Venus Vs.”
Mercedes Cooper is the Director of Programming at ARRAY, an LA-based arts collective dedicated to the amplification of films by people of color and women founded in 2010 by filmmaker Ava DuVernay. In her previous role as Director of Marketing, she has developed branding and promotion of 19 independent film campaigns including Sundance 2012 Best Director winner MIDDLE OF NOWHERE and the re-release of 1983 Berlinale FIPRESCI Prize winner ASHES AND EMBERS. Cooper also manages ARRAY @ The Broad, an on-going film series featuring classic and contemporary films curated with an eye toward the intersection of art, history and cultural identity. Prior to this position, Cooper was the Marketing Coordinator at Columbia College Chicago’s Portfolio Center while completing an M.F.A. degree in Film and Video Production. Her career in media began as Program Coordinator for the Radio Television Digital News Foundation’s Journalism Ethics Project. As an alum of University of Maryland College Park she holds a B.A. degree in Economics and also studied at the University of São Paulo in Brazil. Cooper previously served on the Metropolitan Board of the Chicago Urban League's Executive Board and is a Film Independent Project:Involve Fellow; which upon conclusion of the program she was named the 2011 Barbara Boyle Scholar.
Cela Sutton is Creative Executive at filmmaker Ava DuVernay's production company, Forward Movement, where she works with the director on her creative projects. Previously, she was Executive Coordinator at DuVernay's, social impact film distribution collaborative, ARRAY, which amplifies women of all kinds and filmmakers of color. She has supported campaigns for the company's independent films, such as, NAMOUR and THE HOUSE ON COCO ROAD. In addition, as Executive Coordinator, Cela worked closely with company founder and visionary filmmaker, Ava DuVernay, to coordinate her press and appearance schedule, among other duties.
Prior to ARRAY, Sutton worked at Creative Artists Agency (CAA) in their foundation and scripted television departments. There, she helped advise clients on their philanthropic goals and strategies, as well as supported agents with key television projects and deals.
Sutton began her career at Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Studios in Chicago, first working as an intern on the 25th and final season of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and eventually as an associate producer for OWN's hit reality series "Iyanla: Fix My Life."
Sutton holds a Bachelor's degree in History from the University of Chicago. As a student, she held internships at the Mayor's Office of Special Events, Lifetime Television's movie programming department and the local Fox station primetime news show.