The endowment, referred to as The Array + Google Feature Film Grant, will prove funding to allow the recipient to produce their first full-length feature. The initiative speaks to Array and Google’s ongoing efforts to help raise marginalized voices, thereby building towards a more equitable and inclusive artistic community.
The recipients of this year’s grant will be selected by an indie film advisory committee that includes Gabrielle Glor (Festival Director and Head of Programming, Urbanworld), Francis Culado (Executive Director of Visual Communications Media, Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival), Crystal Echo Huh. Hawke (Founder and Executive Director, Illuminative), Maria Roukel Bozzi (Senior Director of Education and International Initiatives at Film Independent), and Smriti Kiran (Mumbai Film Festival).
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Production to be funded through the grant will be “powered by Array Crew,” the database that DuVernay created, to help managers easily access underrepresented film and TV professionals.
“After starting his filmmaking journey by self-financing projects, it’s a full-circle moment,” said DuVernay, who founded Array Film Collective in 2011. “I am delighted to partner with Google and Array’s Grants Advisory Committee to identify one emerging writer/director to bring their vision to the screen. Inclusive storytelling is at the heart of Array’s mission and we ensure We are also proud to provide the array crew with access to Granty’s film set that reflects the full range of the world around us.”
“We are honored to be able to showcase talented creatives from underrepresented communities and help add volume to more diverse voices,” said Google Assistant Entertainment Partnership Lead Elle Roth-Brunett, who is producing the project. “The Hey x Google Feature Film Grant is intrinsically aligned with Google Assistant’s commitment to speaking with a variety of voices and connecting with more people to help them with their daily lives.”
Google’s partnership with Array follows its recent partnership with The Blacklist. In that case, the company is helping launch storytelling fellowships, as well as providing financial and creative support to underrepresented writers as a means to develop their first film or TV scripts.
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