ARRAY, an independent film distribution collective focused on releasing films by minorities and women founded by Ava DuVernay, has earned a coveted spot on “Fast Company’s “Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Hollywood” list.

“This year’s package includes top ten lists in 27 sectors, and emphasizes the breadth of companies with progressive, agile business models, cultures of creativity and ability to adapt in today’s fast-paced world.” – Robert Safian, Fast Company Editor

ARRAY has generated headlines around the world for being a leader in the relentless push to change systemic problems pertaining to race, gender, and inclusion within the Hollywood distribution landscape.

“Right now, there is a fundamental disrespect inherent in the distribution and amplification of films. There is a cinema segregation in how films are seen and not seen. What we’re saying is, we’re not going to depend on those things anymore.” – Ava DuVernay

Initially, ARRAY was launched by DuVernay in 2010 under the name African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement (AFFRM).  In keeping the focus on innovation and inclusion, in 2015 the company re-branded itself as ARRAY and expanded it’s 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.

ARRAY has released a total of 13 films in only 5 years:  ‘I Will Follow’ (2011), ‘Kinyarwanda’ (2011), ‘Restless City’ (2012), ‘Middle of Nowhere‘ (2012), ‘Better Mus’ Come‘ (2013), ‘Big Words‘ (2013), ‘Vanishing Pearls‘ (2014), ‘Mississippi Damned‘ (2015 via Netflix), ’25 Years to Life’ (2014), ‘Ayanda’(2015), ‘Out of My Hand‘ (2015), ‘Echo Park‘ (theatrically released later in 2016).

“For me, the most important part of my work is that it allows me to help the world see more diverse images of African Americans and people of the African diaspora. Images are a very powerful tool in changing peoples’ perceptions about one another.” – Tilane Jones, ARRAY, Executive Director

Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies issue, March 2016 is now available online, and will be available via iTunes, and on newsstands beginning Feb. 23.

Congratulations to the team over at ARRAY, this honor is well deserved!

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