Nominated for the Academy Award and eight EMMYs, winner of the BAFTA for Best Documentary and The Peabody Award, Ava DuVernay's 13TH is one of the most critically-acclaimed films of 2016. In 2015, DuVernay directed the historical drama SELMA, which garnered four Golden Globe nominations and two Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture. Her current directorial work includes the award-winning dramatic television series QUEEN SUGAR; and the upcoming Disney feature film A WRINKLE IN TIME. 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. In 2017, DuVernay was named one of Fortune Magazine's 50 Greatest World Leaders and TIME Magazine's 100 Most Influential People. 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.
Tilane Jones is the Executive Director of ARRAY, a film distribution collaborative focused on filmmakers of color and women. ARRAY has distributed sixteen 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.
Cela Sutton, Executive Coordinator at ARRAY, a social impact film distribution collaborative that amplifies women filmmakers and filmmakers of color, has supported campaigns for the company's independent films, such as, NAMOUR and THE HOUSE ON COCO ROAD. In addition, Cela works closely with company founder and visionary filmmaker, Ava DuVernay, to coordinate her press and appearance schedule, among other duties.
Prior to this position, 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.