New Negresses

Frances Bodomo is a Ghanaian filmmaker based in New York City. She grew up on four continents—in Ghana, Norway, California, and Hong Kong—before moving to New York. Her first film, Boneshaker (starring Oscar nominee Quvenzhané Wallis) premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival before playing at SXSW, Pan African Film Festival, and Lincoln Center’s African Film Festival.

Dyani Douze is a multimedia artist, raised in Miami, DC, and Paris and currently residing in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn.

Dyani recently returned from a study abroad program in Johannesburg, South Africa, and is currently finishing up her final year at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study, NYU. While at Gallatin, Dyani is continuing her research on the relationship between aural and visual media, studying sound design, film scoring, film editing and production.

She has served as an editorial apprentice on Spike Lee’s documentary Bad 25, and has produced several personal projects, including a short documentary exploring architectural spaces in Paris. In her spare time, Dyani produces music and DJs at local venues. 

Ja’Tovia Gary is a filmmaker and artist from Dallas, Texas currently based in Brooklyn, New York. Evoking the aesthetics of Afro Surrealism, Gary’s work confronts traditional notions surrounding media representation, identity, and perception through film and video. Gary earned her MFA in Social Documentary filmmaking at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Her short film Cakes Da Killa: NO HOMO has screened at festivals in the US and abroad and won the Audience Award at Ann Arbor Film Festival in 2014.

She has served as post production/ archival assistant for Spike Lee’s Bad 25 and Shola Lynch’s Free Angela and All Political Prisoners. Gary is currently in production on her first feature length documentary, THE EVIDENCE OF THINGS NOT SEEN, an experimental meditation on Black love, ritual, resistance, and psychoanalysis. She is the recipient of the Sundance Documentary Fund Production Grant and the Jerome Foundation Film and Video Grant.

Chanelle Aponte Pearson​ is a Bronx-­bred, Brooklyn-­based visual artist and filmmaker. In 2015, Chanelle was awarded the euphoria Calvin Klein Spotlight on Women Directors “Live the Dream” grant at the 25th annual Gotham Awards for the episodic series 195 Lewis, her directorial debut. The pilot episode first screened at the 2014 BlackStar Film Festival and had its international premiere at the 2016 International Film Festival at Rotterdam. Chanelle also produced the critically acclaimed feature film An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, which premiered in the New Frontier section of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. As chief operating officer, Chanelle also oversees the management and operations of MVMT, a Brooklyn-based film production company. 

Stefani Saintonge received the ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Discovery Award for her short film, Seventh Grade, a coming-of-age story about adolescent girls tackling sex. Her documentary short, La Tierra de los Adioses, won Best Latin American Short Documentary at the Festival Internacional de Cine en el Desierto. Her work focuses on immigration, women, youth and community. She is a recipient of the Jerome Foundation Film and Video grant and works as a teaching artist and adjunct professor in NYC. She holds an MFA in Documentary Film Studies and Production from Hofstra University.