New York, NY
Ja’Tovia Gary (Dallas, TX. 1984) is an artist and filmmaker currently living and working in Brooklyn, New York. Gary’s work confronts traditional notions of representation, race, gender, sexuality, and power. She earned her MFA in Social Documentary Filmmaking from the School of Visual Arts in New York.
Her work has screened at festivals worldwide including Frameline Film Festival, New Voices in Black Cinema, Athens Film and Video Festival, Toronto Inside Out Festival Ann Arbor Film Festival, and Edinburgh International Film Festival, among others. Gary has also presented her work at educational and cultural institutions worldwide including the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Brooklyn Academy of Music, NYU Florence, Chicago’s Black Cinema House, Indiana University Cinema, MoMA PS1, Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, and the Made in New York Media Center. Gary is a founding member of the New Negress Film Society, a core collective of Black women filmmakers whose priority is to create community and spaces of support, consciousness raising, and exhibition for Black women filmmakers. She is the recipient of the Sundance Documentary Fund Production Grant and the Jerome Foundation Film and Video Grant.
CAKES DA KILLA: NO HOMO
CAKES DA KILLA: NO HOMO is an electrifying portrait of a young artist determined to live life on his own terms. Born Rashard Bradshaw, Cakes Da Killa is a 22 year old hip hop artist. As an openly gay man he is not your run of the mill rapper, but he just might be your new favorite.
AN ECSTATIC EXPERIENCE:
A meditative invocation on transcendence as a means of restoration.
THE EVIDENCE OF THINGS NOT SEEN:
The Evidence of Things Not Seen is a portrait of one woman’s effort to transcend the trauma of her history. A quixotic exploration of the interior self, the filmmaker embarks on an intimate journey to explore her most intimate relationships as well as the pivotal events which helped to shape her.
Currently in production.