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*Los Angeles, CA – For the second consecutive year, African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement (AFFRM) will unite 40+ black feature filmmakers to interact with film lovers and raise awareness for AFFRM’s 2015 Rebel membership drive. Utilizing the #ARRAY hashtag, filmmakers will tweet in a 12-hour long conversation to further and foster varied voices and visions in cinema.

This unprecedented online gathering of filmmakers of color on Twitter will be hosted by AFFRM Founder and filmmaker Ava DuVernay (SELMA):

Anthony Hemingway (RED TAILS) Ayoka Chenzira (ALMA’S RAINBOW)

Barry Jenkins (MEDICINE FOR MELANCHOLY)

Charles Murray (THINGS NEVER SAID) Christine Swanson (ALL ABOUT US) Dawn Porter (GIDEON’S ARMY)

Debbie Allen (STOMPIN’ AT THE SAVOY)

DeMane Davis (LIFT)

Euzhan Palcy (DRY WHITE SEASON) George Tillman, Jr. (SOUL FOOD)

Gina Prince-Bythewood (BEYOND THE LIGHTS) Haile Gerima (SANKOFA)

John Singleton (BOYZ N THE HOOD) Julie Dash (DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST)

Justin Simien (DEAR WHITE PEOPLE) Kasi Lemmons (EVE’S BAYOU)

Kent Faulcon (SISTER’S KEEPER) Marta Cunningham (VALENTINE ROAD) Malcolm D. Lee (THE BEST MAN) Matthew Cherry (THE LAST FALL) Nailah Jefferson (VANISHING PEARLS)

Neema Barnette (WOMEN THOU ART LOOSED) Patrik-Ian Polk (PUNKS)

Pete Chatmon (PREMIUM)

Rashaad Ernesto Green (GUN HILL ROAD) Reggie Bythewood (BIKER BOYZ)

Rick Famuyiwa (DOPE)

Roger Ross Williams (GOD LOVES UGANDA) Russ Parr (35 AND TICKING)

Ryan Coogler (FRUITVALE STATION) Salim Akil (SPARKLE)

Shaka King (NEWLYWEEDS) Sheldon Candis (LUV)

Storm Saulter (BETTER MUS’ COME) Tanya Hamilton (NIGHT CATCHES US)

Terrence Nance (OVERSIMPLIFICATION/BEAUTY) Tim Story (FANTASTIC FOUR)

Tina Mabry (MISSISSIPPI DAMNED) Tyler Perry (FOR COLORED GIRLS)

Victoria Mahoney (YELLING TO THE SKY)

Since 2011, AFFRM’s Array Releasing has distributed eight feature films by underrepresented filmmakers in theaters and on digital platforms. The membership drive to help sustain those efforts began May 4 and will continue through June 5th. The announcement was made by AFFRM Founder Ava DuVernay.

ABOUT AFFRM +ARRAY
Founded by filmmaker Ava DuVernay in 2011, AFFRM is a distribution collective of minority arts organizations dedicated to diverse independent films. AFFRM’s Array Releasing has distributed 8 films to date including: Official Slamdance Selections VANISHING PEARLS and BIG WORDS, BETTER MUS’ COME, 2012 Sundance Best Director Award Winner MIDDLE OF NOWHERE; 2011 Sundance World Cinema Audience Award Winner KINYARWANDA, 2011 Sundance Film Festival Official Selection RESTLESS CITY, 25 TO LIFE and 2011 NAACP Image Award nominee for Best Independent Picture, I WILL FOLLOW. AFFRM’s founding organizations include Urbanworld (NYC), Imagenation (NYC), Reelblack (Philadelphia), Langston Hughes Film Festival (Seattle), BronzeLens Film Festival (Atlanta) and DVA (Los Angeles).

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