Ava DuVernay is one of our favorite filmmakers—not just because she makes great movies (though she does), but because she does everything else too. She started out as a publicist; she’s an activist and inspirer; she works for causes that are important to her. And one of those, since before she even became a director, is getting other films about people of color in front of audiences.
DuVernay founded AFFRM (African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement) back in 2010, working as a conduit between film festivals, theaters, and moviegoers to distribute and promote films like Restless City, Kinyarwanda, and her own (wonderful) Middle of Nowhere. Tuesday, the group rebranded itself ARRAY, announcing a broader focus in its releases (according to The Wrap, they’ll expand to push films by Latino, Asian, Native American, Middle Eastern and female filmmakers).
And ARRAY has announced its next two releases: Los Angeles Film Festival Special Jury Prize winner Ayanda and the Mechanic (from South African writer-director Sara Blecher) and Out of My Hand (from Japanese director Takeshi Fukunaga), which also screened at LAFF. Both films will be out in November.