About Ja’Tovia Gary and Stefani Saintonge

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This lecture will be in the form of an extended, on-stage interview led by Terri Francis, Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and Culture with IU's The Media School.

Ja’Tovia Gary and Stefani Saintonge are members of the New Negress Film Society, founded in 2013, as a core collective of Black women filmmakers whose priority is to create community and spaces for support, exhibition, and consciousness-raising. 

Gary is a Brooklyn-based filmmaker whose work confronts notions surrounding representation and identity. She holds an MFA in Social Documentary Filmmaking from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Her short film Cakes Da Killa: NO HOMO has screened at a number of festivals in the U.S. and abroad and won the audience award at the Ann Arbor Film Festival. Gary is currently in production on her first documentary feature, The Evidence of Things Not Seen

Saintonge is an award-winning filmmaker and educator based in NYC. She is the recent recipient of the ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Discovery Award for her narrative short film, Seventh Grade, a coming-of-age story about adolescent girls tackling sex. Her documentary short, La Tierra de los Adioses, was named Best Latin American Short Documentary at the Festival Internacional de Cine en el Desierto. She holds an MFA in Documentary Film Studies and Production from Hofstra University. Her work focuses on immigration, women, youth, and community.


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