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‘What We Leave Behind’ Review: A Filmmaker’s Lyrical and Gripping Tribute to Her Grandfather

Iliana Sosa documents her family’s hard-working patriarch during his final years in rural Mexico, and gets to know him in the process.

Array Releasing Acquires Iliana Sosa Doc ‘What We Leave Behind’ (Exclusive)

Array Releasing has acquired director Iliana Sosa’s documentary What We Leave Behind. The Peabody Award-winning distribution arm of Ava DuVernay’s narrative change collective has nabbed the U.S., Canadian, U.K., Australian and New Zealand rights to the film, which had its world premiere at this year’s SXSW Festival. The doc’s release will coincide with Mexican Independence Day and […]

Ava DuVernay’s Array Exits Spotify First-Look Deal

Ava DuVernay’s Array has parted ways with Spotify and will no longer be making podcasts for the audio giant, a spokesperson for Array confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter on Thursday. Last year, Array and Spotify had announced a multiyear first-look deal for Array to produce scripted and unscripted podcasts with Gimlet, the studio owned by Spotify. Though no podcasts […]

Array, Google Award $500K Feature Film Grant to Alika Maikau (Exclusive)

Array and Google have found the first recipient of their $500,000 Feature Film Grant in Hawaiian filmmaker Alika Maikau. The award, fittingly (and coincidentally) announced on Indigenous Peoples’ Day, will include mentorship from the advisory committee that selected Maikau, including producer Gabrielle Glore, Visual Communications executive director Francis Cullado, IllumiNative founder and executive director Crystal […]

ARRAY Marks 10th Anniversary With Six Recent Exec Hires

Ava DuVernay’s arts and social impact collective ARRAY is marking its 10th anniversary by celebrating six recent additions, announced today by president Tilane Jones. Netflix original series executive Anne-Marie McGintee and Blumhouse director of physical production MJ Caballero have joined as vice president of scripted programming and physical production, respectively. Both report to ARRAY Filmworks […]

Critic’s Notebook: Delving Into the Languages of Haile Gerima’s Revered ‘Sankofa’

Memories of my childhood buzz with the sounds of my mother’s voice, calling me in her mother’s tongue. Adwoa, she cried from the bedroom when she wanted to summon me. Maame adwoa, she cooed when I, distraught for one reason or another, needed comforting. Adowa, she warned, usually in public, when she sensed mischief on […]

Paul Garnes Named President of Array Filmworks

Array head of physical production Paul Garnes is moving to lead the organization’s content company Array Filmworks. Garnes, Ava DuVernay’s producing partner since her 2011 Sundance-winning debut feature Middle of Nowhere, is replacing president Sarah Bremner, who was hired from Netflix in May 2020 and is stepping down for a personal hiatus. “Sarah is a […]

Diverse Staffing Directories Get Centralized Website

As awareness grows of the need for greater inclusion behind the camera, more and more organizations have been assembling their own databases of BIPOC professionals eligible to be staffed on film and television production crews. Now, several of those groups – Array, The Black TV & Film Collective, Brown Girls Doc Mafia, Cinereach, the Department […]

Sharon Liggins Joins Endeavor Content as Senior VP Communications

Endeavor Content has found its senior vice president of communications. Veteran media executive Sharon Liggins has joined the studio from Ava DuVernay’s narrative change collective ARRAY, where she served as vice president of publicity. Effective immediately, Liggins will be based in Los Angeles. In the newly created role, Liggins will oversee the strategic direction of […]