LOS ANGELES, CA (December 16, 2015) – Array Releasing today announced the acquisition of the celebrated auteur Haile Gerima's rarely seen cinematic achievement ASHES AND EMBERS, winner of the FIPRESSCI Prize at the Berlin International Film Festival 1983. Scheduled for restoration and distribution in February 2016 through a new initiative known as Array Classics, ASHES AND EMBERS tells the story of an African-American Vietnam vet wrestling with a turbulent past and a chaotic political climate to make a future for himself.
Never before released in theaters, Mr. Gerima’s ASHES & EMBERS will screen on February 25, 2016 as part of the Array @ The Broad bi-monthly film series in Los Angeles followed by engagements at The Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, NY with additional locations to be announced.
“We, like many across the world, regard Mr. Gerima as a master filmmaker whose body of work asserts and amplifies the magnificence of black people in all our complexity," stated Array Executive Director Tilane Jones. “We are honored to release Mr. Gerima's rarely seen jewel ASHES AND EMBERS at a time when the film's themes of cultural anguish and political unrest mirror contemporary issues that we face today.”
Born and raised in Ethiopia, Haile Gerima emigrated to the United States in 1967 becoming an educator and independent filmmaker known as a leading member of the LA Rebellion film movement based at UCLA.
ASHES AND EMBERS marks the first film that will tour across the United States under the Array Classics banner; which identifies seldom-seen cinematic gems and introduces those works to new audiences.
Array Releasing (www.musicwithwings.com) is an LA-based film collective dedicated to the amplification of images by people of color and women. Founded as AFFRM in 2010 by filmmaker Ava DuVernay, ARRAY’s partner organizations include: Urbanworld (NYC), Imagenation (NYC), Reelblack (Philadelphia), BronzeLens Film Festival (Atlanta) and DVA (Los Angeles). The collective’s film releases to date include: 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival winners OUT OF MY HAND and AYANDA; 2012 Sundance Best Director Award Winner MIDDLE OF NOWHERE; 2011 Sundance World Cinema Audience Award Winner KINYARWANDA; 2011 Sundance Film Festival Official Selection RESTLESS CITY; Official Slamdance Selections VANISHING PEARLS and BIG WORDS, Jamaican gem BETTER MUS’ COME and 2011 Image Award winner I WILL FOLLOW.