In-flight entertainment is getting an upgrade, thanks to the release of Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY. The “Selma” director’s banner has partnered with JetBlue to launch an in-flight pop-up channel featuring a curated selection of 12 independent feature films from female directors and filmmakers of color, a press release announced. done. ARRAY Channel made its debut on 1st December and aims to “[amplify] Diverse Voices of Storytellers” taking advantage of the unique setting and experience of flying in an aircraft.
“Over the years, I have experienced transformative moments watching movies in flight. Something about the intimacy of being in the air as a story has always attracted me,” reflected DuVernay, who founded ARRAY Releases in 2011 to lift up underrepresented voices in cinema. “Our hope is that JetBlue’s Passengers will sit back and enjoy the magic of these films, discovering new sights and new voices in mid-air majesty.”
The channel includes titles such as Elle-Maija Tailfeather’s “The Body Remembered When the World Broke Open”, a Canadian Screen Award winner that tells the story of two Indigenous women who are brought together by desperate circumstances, and DuVernay’s ” Middle of Nowhere” a Sundance-winning drama about a woman separated from her husband.
DuVernay’s “Selma,” a dramatic retelling of the 1965 campaign led by Martin Luther King Jr. for black voting rights, received a Best Picture nomination at the 2015 Oscars. At the 2017 Oscars, he was nominated for Best Documentary Feature for “13th,” which looks deep inside the racial inequality of the prison system and American history at large. His other credits include the Emmy-winning Netflix drama “When They See Us” and the Madeleine L’Engle adaptation “A Wrinkle in Time.”