Ava DuVernay’s arts collective ARRAY will present its fourth daylong filmmaker tweet-a-thon, ARRAY FILM FELLOWSHIP, on Thursday, April 30, 9am PST. For more than ten hours, the Twitter takeover event will convene more than 50 directors to share information about their craft and latest projects, take questions from film lovers and encourage people to stay home for public safety. The conversation will use the dedicated hashtag #ARRAYNow.
One of ARRAY’s signature social media events since 2015, the 2020 iteration will feature a variety of filmmakers who are people of color and women of all kinds, representing multiple genres and perspectives.
“The ARRAY FILM FELLOWSHIP is our way of conjuring community, creativity and conversation while we’re all staying at home during these unprecedented times,” said ARRAY founder Ava DuVernay. “With the support and enthusiasm of our friends at Twitter, along with dozens of my fellow filmmakers, we hope the event brings solace and solidarity to those who join us.”
“We’re honored to host ARRAY’s fourth annual filmmaker tweet-a-thon and partner with the brilliant Ava DuVernay and her wonderful and creative team,” said Lara Cohen, Head of Global Partner Solutions at Twitter. “Highlighting voices and connecting artists to their audience with conversations is core to Twitter, and never has that felt more important. This is going to be a magical day for #FilmTwitter!”
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I asked some of my fave film directors on @Twitter to hang with me and talk movies all day. They said yes. What?! If you love films, Thursday is for you. @ARRAYNow presents a day-long creative convo between filmlovers and film directors. Use the dedicated hashtag #ARRAYNow and ask all your questions! [also the IG and Twitter wars are real. Look how IG has restricted views on this. Guess we take it upon ourselves to spread the word. ✊🏾]
Over three dozen feature directors will participate including:
Oscar winners/nominees: Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water), Liz Garbus (Whatever Happened, Miss Simone), Matthew Cherry (Hair Love), Roger Ross Williams (Life, Animated), Yance Ford (Strong Island), Ava DuVernay (13th).
Gamechangers: Jon Chu (Crazy Rich Asians), Patty Jenkins (Wonder Woman), Malcolm D. Lee (Girls Trip), Jill Soloway (Afternoon Delight), Alma Har’el (Honey Boy) George Tillman (The Hate U Give).
Veterans: Julie Dash (Daughters of the Dust), Patricia Cardoso (Real Women Have Curves), Michael Schultz (Cooley High), Bill Duke (A Rage in Harlem), Ernest Dickerson (Juice), Mira Nair (Mississippi Masala), Robert Townsend (The Five Heartbeats), Chris Eyre (Smoke Signals)
New Guard: Victoria Mahoney (Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker); Nia DaCosta (Candyman), Blitz Bazawule (The Burial of Kojo), J.D. Dillard (Sleight), Diane Paragas (Yellow Rose), Nisha Ganatra (Late Night), Tayarisha Poe (Sela and the Spades), Prentice Penny (Uncorked), Phillip Youmans (Burning Cane)