Ava DuVernay, the first African American woman to win the Sundance's director award, in a recent NPR Fresh Air interview related how she found it easier to distribute her film - made by a black person about black people - in big chain multi-plex theaters than in smaller art houses. In her interview DuVernay also makes an interesting comment in the interview about how it's seems to be more acceptable for white directors to make films about black people than a black person. She suggested that there is something about that combination that is scary to art houses.
It may sound sound strange, but I can relate. When I was looking for funding for Consorte Media, an advertising technology company focused on Hispanics, I couldn't get one Hispanic to invest.