Array Releasing acquires two films by South Asian female directors – deadline

EXCLUSIVE: Array Releasing has acquired two new feature films from emerging South Asian directors: Agam Darshi’s Donkey head, and Sujata Day’s Definition please. The company acquired the distribution rights for both films in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand, with additional territory from Canada for Definition Please. Both films will debut January 21 on Netflix.

“Array Releasing is proud to distribute the work of Sujata Day and Agam Darshi, two promising South Asian directors who both wrote, directed and acted in their directorial debuts,” said Array President Tilane Jones . “Definition please and Donkey head beautifully showcase the dynamic talent of their creators while sharing the often humorous dynamic of tradition and culture that moviegoers of all kinds can relate to, appreciate and celebrate.

Definition please follows Monica (Day), a former Scripps spelling champion who must come to terms with her estranged brother when he comes home to help care for their ailing mother. The film stars, and is written, produced and directed by Day, and also features Ritesh Rajan (Russian doll), Anna Khaja (The Walking Dead: The World Beyond), Jake Choi (Single parents) and Lalaine (Lizzie mcguire), with LeVar Burton (Rainbow reading) and Maya Kapoor. The film is produced by Cameron Fife, Datari Turner, Ritesh Rajan and executive producers Hiren C. Surti, Ahmad Cory Jubran, Rey Cuerdo, Dan Evans III, Mindy Kaling, Lamont Magee and Deric A. Hughes.

Donkey head, a loving term used by Punjabi parents towards their children, stars its writer-director Darshi as Mona, a failed writer who carves out a life of isolation while caring for her ailing Sikh father. When he suffers a debilitating stroke, his three successful siblings show up at his door, determined to take control of the situation. The film stars Darshi, Kim Coates (Sons of anarchy), Sandy Sidhu (Legends of tomorrow), Stephen Lobo (Arrow), Huse Madhavji (Schitt Creek), Marvin Ismaël (Degrassi: the next generation) and Balinder Johal (Beeba boys).

The acquisitions were negotiated by Gordon Bobb of Del, Shaw, Moonves, Tanaka, Finkelstein and Lezcano on behalf of Array; producers Darshi, Anand Ramayya and Kelly Balon on behalf of Donkey head ; and Sean Pope of Ramo Law on behalf of Definition please.

Day is replaced by WME and Myman Greenspan.