Contributed by Jordyn Fields
The “When They See Us” director will be showcasing films that were created by or feature women of color. Earlier this year, DuVernay opened the “Amanda Theater,” named after her late aunt, Denise Amanda Sexton, at her ARRAY campus in Historic Filipinotown, L.A. The theater itself is also a work of art.
“Look, we’re black ladies. This is our screening room. We want hot pink chairs? We’re going to have them.” DuVernay told the L.A. Times.
The 50 seat auditorium will spend the fall (September 27- November 2) on the ARRAY 360 program that is set to become an annual event.
When folks watch films in our Amanda Theater at @ARRAYNow, they cross paths with the next audience in our Cinema Lounge. Here, filmlovers exiting MORAL by Marilou Diaz-Abaya mingle with cinephiles readying for LOSING GROUND by Kathleen Collins. https://t.co/Ks3EsOvjgg. xo pic.twitter.com/laagAliP3J
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) September 28, 2019
“In addition to paying tribute to exquisite filmmakers, some of whose work has gone under-appreciated, our ARRAY 360 series strives to connect with audiences that don’t always see themselves reflected on screen,” Series curator Mercedes Cooper told Deadline.
“The idea was to be disruptive in every system within which artists, especially artists of color and women, have to work in this industry,” — @ava out here making #beautifultrouble, alongside sister @TilaneJ https://t.co/9vySm9hriq
— malkia devich cyril (@culturejedi) October 3, 2019
Each weekend will have it’s own program theme: Filipinx Film Fiesta, Centerpiece, Reclaiming Narratives, The Broad at Array, John Singleton Retrospective, Diop Dynasty, and Visionary Varda. Some weekends also will also have the directors present for discussion.
All tickets are free to the public with advanced registration.