*LOS ANGELES, CA — ARRAY Releasing announces the acquisition of the intimate family drama, JUSTINE, for digital release.
Directed, written and starring Stephanie Turner, JUSTINE co-stars acclaimed veteran actor and Emmy winner Glynn Turman (Queen Sugar, How To Get Away With Murder) Darby Stanchfield (Scandal, Locke & Key), Josh Stamberg (The Affair) and Daisy Prescott as “Justine.” The announcement was made by ARRAY founder Ava DuVernay.
JUSTINE chronicles the turbulent time of grief for Lisa Wade (Turner), a wife and mother of two whose happiness is tragically disrupted when her military husband is killed. Consumed with mourning as every aspect of her life falls apart, Lisa’s challenging relationships with her devastated father-in-law (Turman) and the feisty 8-year Justine (Daisy Prescott), who she cares for as a nanny, provide the motivation she needs to begin an uphill journey back to herself.
JUSTINE is produced by Angie Edgar, Louise Shore, Stephanie Turner and executive produced by Glynn Turman.
ARRAY Releasing will distribute JUSTINE digitally on Netflix beginning Friday, March 13 in celebration of Women’s History Month. The film will be available on the streamer in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.
“Stephanie Turner’s directorial debut showcases authentic performances from a talented cast adept at portraying the range of emotions central to the film’s emotional heart – grief and joy,” said ARRAY President Tilane Jones. “Stephanie’s exploration of women’s roles as caretakers and nurturers while also trying to care for themselves is rarely depicted. We’re proud to amplify this new and exciting voice in cinema.”
The deal was negotiated by Gordon Bobb of Del, Shaw, Moonves, Tanaka, Finkelstein & Lezcano on behalf of ARRAY and Noel Lohr of LHR Law handled negotiations on behalf of Turner.
JUSTINE marks the third release of 2020 for ARRAY Releasing, which previously distributed its first docuseries THEY’VE GOTTA HAVE US by filmmaker Simon Frederick in February and the award-winning feature JEZEBEL from writer/director/actress Numa Perrier in January. Previous recent releases include Gotham and Spirit Award nominee and triple Tribeca Film Festival winner BURNING CANE from Phillip Youmans; award-winning feature THE BODY REMEMEMBERS WHEN THE WORLD BROKE OPEN written and directed by Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers and Kathleen Hepburn; the critically-acclaimed directorial debuts of Samuel Bazawule THE BURIAL OF KOJO; and Official Sundance Film Festival Selection MERATA by Hepi Mita.
ARRAY is a multi-platform media company and arts collective based in Los Angeles. Founded in 2012 by filmmaker Ava DuVernay, the company currently operates a trio of branded entertainment entities: ARRAY Releasing, ARRAY Filmworks and ARRAY Creative Campus in partnership with ARRAY Alliance, the non-profit cinema and social justice organization she founded in 2018. www.arraynow.com