AFFRM (the African-American Festival Releasing Movement), founded in 2010 by filmmaker Ava DuVernay, has just re-launched as ARRAY, with an expanded focus on filmmakers of color and women filmmakers. The newly-named collective has also announced its acquisition of two films to be released this fall: Sara Blecher’s “Ayanda and the Mechanic” and Takeshi Fukunaga’s “Out of My Hand.”
Ava DuVernay’s Film Collective Rebrands as ARRAY, Announces New Films
Ava DuVernay's Film Collective Rebrands as ARRAY, Announces New Films
Since DuVernay’s own struggles with finding distribution for her debut feature, “I Will Follow,” the director has committed herself wholeheartedly to finding ways to expose films by people of color and women to audiences across the country.
In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Ava DuVernay outlined her attempt to diversify filmmaking and storytelling: “Right now, there is a fundamental disrespect inherent in the distribution and amplification of films.There is a cinema segregation in how films are seen and not seen. What we’re saying is, we’re not going to depend on those things anymore.”
The first two films on Array’s slate are the South African coming-of-age tale “Ayanda and the Mechanic” and Takeshi Fukunaga’s “Out of My Hand” about the life of a Liberian rubber plantation worker.
For more information on the collective and its latest acquisitions, head to its new website here.