NEW NEGRESS FILM SOCIETY
a core collective of black women filmmakers whose priority is to create community and spaces for support, exhibition and consciousness-raising. The group is formed by Frances Bodomo, Ja'Tovia Gary, Kumi James, Stefani Saintonge and Dyani Douze.
We are the New Negress Film Society, and we’re glad to have you as a guest here! Our main priority is to create independent, meaningful pieces that allow the audience to discover the identity of black women, political problems, and new perspectives of the movie industry. We support a wide range of films, but the demonstration of challenges faced by negress in filmmaking is the core mission of our community. Together, we aim to extend the horizons, change the state of things, and show unique stories of black female artists.
History of New Negress
New Negress Film Society was founded by a group of talented female artists in 2013. The name refers to the title of the movie “I Am A Negress of Noteworthy Talent.” After the first performance to a wide audience, we recognized that someone needs the stories we try to show. And although we thought it would be hard to reach out to people, the effect exceeded our expectations. The piece was warmly accepted, and we decided to keep on carrying the fire and strength of our voices. Today, the community is represented by Jatovia Gary, Frances Bodomo, Dyani Douze, Chanelle Aponte Pearson, and Stefani Saintonge.
This project is created by black women who want to raise important issues that still exist in the industry. We aim to organize a space for self-realization and determination in filmmaking. And there won’t be borders or limits for negress. We often overstep the mark to highlight social and political problems through art.
New Negress Film Society performs feministic films that draw attention to the identity of women in many senses. These pieces are often experimental, but they are beautiful and meaningful – each episode allows you to dive into the world you see on a screen and get a deep understanding of a discussed problem. Our characters motivate people to move forward and keep on doing what they love, even under the pressure of the system. Boundaries in the art, teenage problems, challenges taken by transgender people – all these subjects are discovered in our projects. From the dialogues and monologues, you can learn how to write a motivational speech, as the power of each word is unbelievable.
Our community also supports other artists who show their vision through experimental films and uncommon pictures. We understand the strength of our collective and aim to raise the voices of those striving to demonstrate who they are and how this world looks like. Here, at the political film society, we strive to increase our visibility and visibility of other talented black artists, fundraise, and help acquaint the world with works of independent filmmakers.
Behind the Scenes
We decided to create this community because it seemed like there wasn’t a place for negresses in filmmaking. Black females face many challenges in this industry, and we felt that it’s time to reconstruct society and come up with new opportunities in art. In this world, it’s forbidden to discuss too many questions. But we’re going to change the situation and tell our stories. The community shows the background of life through afro-surrealism and experimental works that speak directly with your heart and mind. Problems faced by black artists have been around for years, and now we want to uncover everything that stands behind the curtains of these scenes.
Our works include short films, inspirational speeches from movies, videos, behind-the-scenes stories, and conversations with artists who share their experience. We want to show all the secrets that hide how black women are doing in the filmmaking industry. We interview them and acquaint you with the new world full of challenges and inequality. When watching the mass-market movies, you see only the surface of the sphere – it’s a beautiful picture that covers the system. We aim to develop independent filmmaking and motivate other artists to create pieces that will have uncomparable value.
New south negress look for funds to support the projects of talented colleagues. For us, it’s important to build the community for people who were thrown aside. Together, we’ll be able to tell the world how things are in filmmaking and get support. We’re working on educational projects and programs that help us obtain money for other artists and us.
The New Negress Film Society speaks aloud and has already received a number of prizes, including Sundance Institute Director’s Lab, the ESSENCE Black Women Hollywood Discovery Award, and the Gotham Awards grant. We performed our works at widely known festivals. They were demonstrated at Sundance, Rotterdam, SXSW. And we believe it’s only the tip of an iceberg, as we’re doing our best to tell the world about problems of our society, including discrimination and political issues. Welcome to our community – a place where we create and tell unique stories that open mind and heart.