The New Negress Film Society is 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.
While we support a wide range of films, our primary focus is on works and perspectives which break boundaries in film, both politically and artistically. Among our favorites are films which are womanist in their content and experimental in form. Often these works are some of the most challenging for a marginalized filmmaker to create and exhibit. We want to provide a supportive space to encourage such filmmakers to share their art.
The New Negress Film Society catalyzed in response to our first film screening in Brooklyn entitled, I Am A Negress of Noteworthy Talent, which featured short films from a group of talented emerging black female artists who went on to form the NNFS. The wild success of the first screening showed us that despite our lack of support in the wider industry, there is a community eager to hear our voices.
The scope of our art, political thought, and process is diverse in nature. We recognize the importance of our collective strength as marginalized artists in the film industry. Core members of the NNFS hold creative space to workshop ongoing film projects, fundraise, and gain visibility for our own work.
We regularly exhibit quality works by both emerging and established black female filmmakers around the world through our website and screening events. It is our priority to provide opportunities to highlight quality works by black female artists. Additionally, we organize theme-based film screenings for new audiences.
The NNFS was originally formed out of a need to create community in an industry where black female voices and stories are often suppressed. We therefore aim to raise awareness and understanding of our challenges within the film world. This ranges from interesting behind-the-scenes media, to reflective vlogs, to artist spotlights showcasing their recent successes. We also regularly interview black women who work in the filmmaking community to highlight their unique stories.