LOS ANGELES, CA (February 3, 2016) – ARRAY today announced the acquisition of ECHO PARK, official selection of the 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival and eleventh theatrical release for the film collective. ECHO PARK is a lyrical romantic drama that embraces the physical terrain of Southern California and the emotional landscape of love lost and found. Directed by acclaimed celebrity photographer turned filmmaker Amanda Marsalis (Vogue, GQ) and starring Mamie Gummer (CBS' The Good Wife, CAKE) and Anthony Okungbowa (The Ellen DeGeneres Show, MOTHER OF GEORGE). ARRAY has acquired worldwide distribution rights. The announcement was made by ARRAY Founder Ava DuVernay.
“We’re excited to introduce Amanda Marsalis and her gem ECHO PARK produced by Anthony Okungbowa to audiences hungry for the work of bold, women directors and filmmakers of color,” explained Array’s Executive Director Tilane Jones.
ECHO PARK takes viewers inside a diverse East Los Angeles neighborhood where residents contend with life and love while being challenged to define themselves in spite of their zip code. Sophie (Gummer) flees from her life of status and security, developing an unexpected romance with Alex (Okungbowa) who is also in search of a new start.
ECHO PARK held its world premiere screening at the 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival and is an official selection of the Ashland Independent Film Festival and Toronto's Female Eye Film Festival.
The deal was negotiated by Gordon Bobb of Del, Shaw, Moonves, Tanaka, Finkelstein & Lezcano on behalf of ARRAY.
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; 1983 Berlinale FIPRESCI Prize winner ASHES AND EMBERS; 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.