Ava DuVernay’s AFFRM Relaunches With Two AcquisitionsPosted by Wilson Morales
September 9, 2015
Founded by filmmaker Ava DuVernay in 2010 through a collaboration with key black film festivals and arts organizations, the African-American Festival Releasing Movement (AFFRM) will re-launch today as ARRAY, with an expanded focus on filmmakers of color and women filmmakers. The distribution collective of arts organizations and individual advocates will continue to release and champion films by black filmmakers from the African diaspora, as well as Latino, Asian, Native American, Middle Eastern, and women filmmakers.
In addition to an enlarged mission to serve more kinds of filmmakers and amplify more diverse stories, ARRAY announces the acquisition of two films to be released in Fall 2015:
AYANDA AND THE MECHANIC Directed by Sara Blecher
After tragedy strikes, a young woman begins a journey of self-discovery as she struggles to save her father’s car repair shop along with her memory of him. AYANDA AND THE MECHANIC is a coming-of-age story from writer/director Sara Blecher that takes us into a vibrant Johannesburg community alive with love and humor, risk and reward, tragedy and triumph. This film held its world premiere screening at the 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival winning the Special Jury Prize in the World Fiction Competition.
OUT OF MY HAND Directed by Takeshi Fukunaga
OUT OF MY HAND takes viewers inside the humble life of Liberian rubber plantation worker, Cisco. Severe working conditions, failed unionization and corporate corruption ultimately drive him away from his family and his country to the foreign streets of New York City where his past forces him to confront his sense of isolation and belonging. This film debuted in the Panorama Section of the 2015 Berlin International Film Festival.
The collective’s website will re-launch at arraynow.com, which includes the popular filmmaker podcast THE CALL-IN, a calendar of films by people of color called MELANIN RICH as well as trailers, images and information on all ARRAY films.
Since 2010, ARRAY’s founding organizations include: Urbanworld (NYC), Imagenation (NYC), Reelblack (Philadelphia), Langston Hughes Film Festival (Seattle), BronzeLens Film Festival (Atlanta) and DVA (Los Angeles). The collective’s film releases to date include: 2012 Sundance Best Director Award Winner MIDDLE OF NOWHERE; 2011 Sundance World Cinema Audience Award Winner KINYARWANDA, 2011 Sundance Film Festival Official “Next” Selection RESTLESS CITY; Official Slamdance Selections VANISHING PEARLS and BIG WORDS, Jamaican gem BETTER MUS’ COME and 2011 Image Award winner I WILL FOLLOW.