Ava DuVernay has big things planned for ARRAY, her distribution company which is now a budding media giant.
As Compton’s intrepid auteur gears up for the release of her highly anticipated Netflix series, When They See Us, word has come on what the next step in expanding her production company will be.
According to IndieWire‘s Tambay Obenson, ARRAY is set to become the center of a 50-seat theater that will show several titles and works from local creatives in 2019.
The theater will be located in a section of Los Angeles that doesn’t house any independent theaters. The idea for an ARRAY theater materialized after DuVernay and ARRAY VP Tilane Jones saw that large theater chains expressed little to no interest in showcasing their movies.
“It’s about not only ownership but also access,” Jones said to Indiewire. “We are really trying to honor the theatrical tradition, so our audience has access to work[s] they may not see elsewhere, effectively changing the mindset of what they believe should or should not be on the big screen.”
ARRAY was launched by Ava DuVernay at the Sundance Film Festival in 2010. The distribution company, which specializes in films created by women and people of color, has distributed a number of acclaimed independent films. Chief among them is Ava Duvernay’s 2012 film Middle Of Nowhere, for which she won the directing award in the U.S. dramatic competition at the Sundance Film Festival. ARRAY’s latest title, The Burial Of Kojo, has been the subject of universal acclaim. Directed by Ghanian-American filmmaker Samuel Bazawule (also known as Blitz The Ambassador), the film is currently streaming on Netflix.