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Ava DuVernay is an easily recognizable director thanks to the success of Selma. However, there’s still not a lot of people like her in the business — black directors, that is.

Hollywood isn’t great when it comes to diversity, and DuVernay’s African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement is dedicated to the eponymous demographic that’s underrepresented.  Today marks the start of the organization’s 30-day membership drive.

“We are asking past and new members to add their names to the credits of a movement by becoming 2015 AFFRM Rebels. Our Rebel membership allows film artists and advocates to not just speak about the need for change in the film industry but take an active role in creating artistic diversity,” said ARRAY’s Managing Director Tilane Jones in a press release.

Since its start in 2011, AFFRM’s ARRAY Releasing has distributed eight films, including Sundance’s Best Director winner Middle of Nowhere and NAACP Image Award nominee (Best Independent Picture) I Will Follow.


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