Ava DuVernay Expands and Renames AFFRM Distribution Company “Array,” Focuses on Films by Minorities and Women

This is a ‘welcoming you with open arms’ invitation to diverse filmmakers of color, creed and gender. Thanks to @Avaetc and Array


Ava DuVernay attends as Russell Simmons' Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation Celebrates 20th Anniversary At Annual Art For Life Benefit at Fairview Farms on July 18, 2015 in Water Mill, New York.

“Selma” director Ava DuVernay has given an extreme makeover to her 5-year-old distribution company.  Previously known as AFFRM (African American Film Festival Releasing Movement), the filmmaker has relaunched and expanded the company as Array.

“I’ve always felt as if there were so many films that get made but not seen,” she told Variety. “The real focus of our company has always been distribution. What we’re doing now is opening our arms a little wider and enlarging our mission.”

Array announced Tuesday that it has two films due out this fall: South African director Sara Blecher’s coming-of-age drama “Ayanda and the Mechanic” and Takeshi Fukunaga’s debut feature, “Out of My Hand.”

The focus will be films by minorities and women. Array aims to significantly boost the number of films it releases beyond the original company’s two a year. AFFRM released DuVernay’s 2012 film “Middle of Nowhere.”

“It’s a definite…

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