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Ava DuVernay Expands ARRAY

Ava DuVernay is a filmmaker on a mission.

Not only does her work spark intellect and perspective, she is making it her business to distribute the works of other minority filmmakers with women at the forefront.

DuVernay’s five-year-old company, African American Film Festival Releasing Movement (AFFRM), is getting an expanded upgrade and relaunching under the ARRAY title.

If you recall, in March, ARRAY was a trending topic as the publicist-turned-director held a global Twitter chat deemed “Rebel-A -Thon.” The 12-hour chat united over 40 Black feature filmmakers who engaged in conversation with creatives and film lovers to raise awareness about the 2015 “Rebel” membership drive.

“I’ve always felt as if there were so many films that get made but not seen,” the Compton-bred creative told Variety.

The evolution of ARRAY includes adding two more staffers and two films set for a fall release. Among them is the coming-of-age drama Ayanda and the Mechanic by South African director Sara Blecher; and Out of My Hand a directorial debut from Takeshi Fukunaga.

ARRAY recently partnered with Netflix to release Tina Mabry’s Mississippi Damned.

Film enthusiasts can expect to see ARRAy distribute projects via streaming services and the theatrical circuit.

Exciting things are definitely on the horizon!