Ava DuVernay’s film distribution company ARRAY acquired worldwide rights to the romantic indie drama Echo Park last month, and will be released in select theaters starting April 15th in Los Angeles and New York followed by a national tour (tour dates listed below). Echo Park originally premiered in 2014 at the LA Film Festival, and will be the 11th theatrical release from ARRAY. The film was directed by former celebrity photographer Amanda Marsalis (Vogue, GQ) and stars Tony Okungbowa (Mother of George) and Mamie Gummer (The Good Wife, daughter of Meryl Streep).
“We’re excited to introduce Amanda Marsalis and her gem ‘Echo Park’ produced by Anthony Okungbowa to audiences hungry for the work of bold, women directors and filmmakers of color.” – Tilane Jones, Array’s Executive Director
ARRAY is an independent distribution company that was launched by filmmaker Ava DuVernay in 2010 under the name African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement (AFFRM). In 2015 the company re-branded itself as ARRAY and expanded its focus to release and champion films by black filmmakers from the African diaspora, as well as women and other filmmakers of color. Since its inception in 2010, DuVernay and her team at ARRAY have committed themselves wholeheartedly to finding ways to expose films by people of color and women to audiences across the country.
“There’s a generation of filmmakers of color and women whose primary concern is that no one will see their work, and that is a huge barrier. Right now, there is a fundamental disrespect inherent in the distribution and amplification of films.
“There are all kinds of problems in Hollywood that need to be fixed, but this is one I can do something about because I have the experience, and I have to tell you, it satisfies me immensely.” – Ava DuVernay
A synopsis of Echo Park is below:
Echo Park paints a love letter of sorts to the Los Angeles neighborhood, interwoven with the tale of love lost and found between two souls searching for their place. Sophie (Mamie Gummer), is an unhappy Beverly Hills Housewife-to-be when she unceremoniously cuts herself loose from her predictable life and decamps across town to the hipster hood of Echo Park. In her new neighborhood, she gets more than she expected when meeting Alex (Tony Okungbowa) to buy his couch. He’s moving back to London, you see, and the two fall into the kind of easy and deep intimacy that happens when there’s no risk of long term commitment.
Opening Week Theatrical Engagements (Echo Park):
Starting 04/15 Los Angeles Downtown Independent
Starting 04/15 New York IFC Center
Starting 04/15 New York Imagenation RAW Space
Starting 04/18 Columbia, SC Nickelodeon Theatre
Starting 05/06 Winston-Salem, NC A/perture Cinema
One Night Tour Engagements (Echo Park):
04/18 Seattle, WA Ark Lodge Cinema 05/12 Philadelphia, PA African American Museum in Philadelphia