The African American Film Releasing Movement continues to make moves and grow into a game changing entity before our very eyes. ARRAY, the multi-platform distribution arm of AFFRM, recently announced the acquisition of director Nailah Jefferson’s documentary Vanishing Pearls. The documentary, which is an official selection at the Slamdance Film Festival, will be released on April 18 to coincide with the four year anniversary of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster. AFFRM founder Ava DuVernay made the announcement. The film tells the tragic and personal story about the effects the oil spill have had on Pointe a la Hache-a small mostly African American fishing village on the Gulf coast. Her project begins just as the news media loses interest and the residents are left to deal with the disaster.
“Nailah has created a breathtaking documentary set against one of the worst environmental catastrophes in US history by highlighting the economic and cultural losses with a strikingly personal approach. We’re pleased to work with this exciting new documentarian in connecting Vanishing Pearls with its audience,” explained ARRAY’s Managing Director Tilane Jones.
The deal was negotiated by Gordon Bobb of Del, Shaw, Moonves, Tanaka, Finkelstein & Lezcano on behalf of AFFRM. Check out the trailer below.