colorful crowd of people

Film still from AN ECSTATIC EXPERIENCE courtesy Ja’Tovia Gary.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017
7:30 p.m.
Princeton Garden Theatre
Tickets required

As members of the collective New Negress Film Society, artists Frances Bodomo and Ja’Tovia Gary seek to create spaces for support and exhibition of work by black women filmmakers. Following a screening of their films, the two artists will participate in an audience discussion as part of the new film screening series Film Blackness, organized by visiting associate professor Michael Gillespie (City College of New York) and made possible by the John Sacret Young Fund for visiting filmmakers.

Tickets are free for Princeton University students, faculty and staff; show Princeton University ID at the Garden Theatre box office to pickup tickets. Public tickets are $6-11 available through the Garden Theatre box office online or in person.


Frances Bodomo headshot

Photo courtesy Frances Bodomo

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.




Ja’Tovia Gary headshot

Photo courtesy Ja’Tovia Gary

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.

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  • Program in Visual Arts
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