EXCLUSIVE: The African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement (AFFRM) has acquired worldwide rights to Vanishing Pearls, the 2014 Slamdance documentary chronicling the aftermath of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill within a Gulf coast fishing village. Pic is the directorial debut of Louisiana native Nailah Jefferson, who turned the lens on a community of multigenerational African-American fisherman in Pointe à la Hache, Louisiana in the wake of the environmental disaster. AFFRM’s distribution arm ARRAY has set an April 18 NY & LA theatrical release to coincide with the four-year anniversary of the spill, which released 4.9 million barrels of oil into the Southern Gulf Coast. The acquisition was announced today by AFFRM founder and filmmaker Ava DuVernay, whose Sundance award-winner Middle of Nowhere was also distributed by AFFRM along with fest faves including Kinyarwanda and Restless City. “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,” said ARRAY’s Managing Director Tilane Jones. Gordon Bobb of Del, Shaw, Moonves, Tanaka, Finkelstein & Lezcano negotiated the deal on behalf of AFFRM.
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