Nominated for two Academy Awards and four Golden Globes, writer/director Ava DuVernay's "Selma" was one of 2015's most critically-acclaimed films. Her current directorial work includes her dramatic television series for The Oprah Winfrey Network entitled QUEEN SUGAR; her feature-length documentary on criminality and race relations entitled THE 13TH; and Disney's A WRINKLE IN TIME based on the Newberry Award-winning classic fantasy novel. Winner of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival's Best Director prize for her previous feature "Middle of Nowhere," DuVernay's early directorial work includes "I Will Follow," "Venus Vs," and "This is The Life." She also distributes and amplifies the work of people of color and women directors through her film collective ARRAY, named one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies in Hollywood for 2016.
Tilane Jones is the Executive Director of ARRAY, a film distribution collaborative focused on filmmakers of color and women. ARRAY has distributed thirteen feature films since 2011 including Ava DuVernay's award winning MIDDLE OF NOWHERE, Andrew Dosunmu's RESTLESS CITY, Storm Saulter's BETTER MUS' COME, Neil Drummings' BIG WORDS, and Haile Gerima's ASHES AND EMBERS. Jones is also Manager of Production for Forward Movement, serving as a producer on all of the company’s visual product. Her film credits include: Ava DuVernay's MIDDLE OF NOWHERE, THIS IS THE LIFE, I WILL FOLLOW, 828 PROJECT and SELMA. Acclaimed fashion and beauty films for Prada and Fashion Fair with THE DOOR and SAY YES, respectively. Her television credits include: BET's Black Girls Rock, My Mic Sounds Nice, along with John Legend Interludes Live, Essence Music Festival 2010, and ESPN Films' Venus Vs.
Mercedes Cooper is Director of Marketing at ARRAY, an LA-based arts collective dedicated to the amplification of films by people of color and women founded as AFFRM in 2010 by filmmaker Ava DuVernay. Here she has worked on campaigns for independent films such as Sundance 2012 Best Director winner MIDDLE OF NOWHERE and the re-release of 1983 Berlinale FIPRESCI Prize winner ASHES AND EMBERS. Prior to this position, Cooper was the Marketing Coordinator at Columbia College Chicago’s Portfolio Center and began her career in media as Program Coordinator for the Radio Television Digital News Foundation’s Journalism Ethics Project. She holds an M.F.A. in Film and Video Production from Columbia College Chicago, a B.A. in Economics from University of Maryland College Park and also studied at the University of São Paulo in Brazil. Cooper is a Film Independent Project:Involve Fellow; which upon conclusion of the program she was named the 2011 Barbara Boyle Scholar.