Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Ava DuVernay's AFFRM BECOMES ARRAY
“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.”
If you've been following Tinsel & Tine then you know that I've been following Ava since she spoke at a luncheon in 2011 I'm so impressed with all she's able to do and that her accomplishments are being acknowledged.
ARRAY's (dedicated to multi-platform distribution of black independent film) first acquisition is the award-winning drama, Better Mus’ Come, the debut feature from writer/director Storm Saulter. ARRAY has acquired all U.S. distribution rights.
The deal was negotiated by Gordon Bobb of Del, Shaw, Moonves, Tanaka Finkelstein & Lezcano on behalf of AFFRM with theproducers.
Below is the trailer for Better Mus' Come
Storm Saulter’s Jamaican Epic Better Mus’ Come is a landmark in Caribbean filmmaking and a stunning love story unfolding at one of the most violent moments in Jamaican history, when rival gangs were enlisted by warring political factions to disrupt the democratic process - and bloodshed was unleashed on the streets.
Winner of Best Feature Awards at Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival and Bahamas Intl Film Festival, Best Director Award at Pan-African Film Festival and Best Actor Award at American Black Film Festival, the film has screened at Toronto International Film Festival, Film Society of Lincoln Center and British Film Institute. The producer is Paul Bucknor, with executive producers Joshua Bratter and Samantha Bratter.
will be in attendance for a post-film Q&A.
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