WEEK IN WOMEN: Ava DuVernay launches ARRAY Crew – Brandy McDonnell reports

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Oscar-nominated producer and director Ava DuVernay (13th, Selma) has launched ARRAY Crew, a personnel database for Hollywood’s below-the-line crew members with a special focus on amplification of women, people of color and other underrepresented film and television professionals.

Created by DuVernay and led by an all-women executive team, ARRAY Crew lives as a web-based platform with more than 3,000 qualified below-the-line crew members. People who are 18 and older with at least one production credit can create a profile in the database at www.arraycrew.com.

Among the crew members in the database are production designers, lighting directors, grips, sound technicians, costume designers, production accountants, hairstylists, VFX designers, foley artists, choreographers, scenic painters, animal trainers, food stylists and more.

“We’ve ideated, incubated and executed the idea of ARRAY Crew over two years with one mission in mind: to help productions hire qualified crew candidates too often underrepresented, overlooked and unknown. Our goal is simply to amplify more professionals in an effort to build inclusive film and television crews,” DuVernay said, per Variety. “The overwhelming support of the studios and streamers has bolstered our belief that our industry can become a more balanced place to work for more kinds and cultures of people, resulting in stronger and more dynamic content for viewers and moviegoers.” Continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMEN.

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell writes features and reviews movies, music, events and the arts for The Oklahoman, Oklahoma's statewide newspaper, and NewsOK.com, the state's largest news Web site. Raised on a farm near Lindsay, Okla., she started her journalism career in seventh grade, when she was elected reporter for her school's 4-H Club. Taking her duties seriously, she began submitting stories to The Lindsay News, and worked for the local weekly through high school. She attended Oklahoma State University, where she worked for The Daily O'Collegian and earned her journalism degree with honors. She worked for three years at small Oklahoma dailies The Edmond Sun and Shawnee News-Star. In 2002, she joined The Oklahoman as a features reporter, writing about movies, the arts, events, families and nonprofits. She moved to The Oklahoman's entertainment desk in 2007. In 2004, she won a prestigious Journalism Fellowship in Child & Family Policy from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Along with her membership in AWFJ, she also is a founding member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle. Brandy writes The Week In Women blog for AWFJ.org.