Originally formed to create community in an industry where Black women voices and stories are often suppressed, the New Negress Film Society (NNFS) is a collective of five filmmakers — Frances Bodomo, Dyani Douze, Ja’Tovia Gary, Chanelle Aponte Pearson, and Stefani Saintonge — who are dedicated to exhibiting, supporting, and raising consciousness around work by marginalized filmmakers. The group’s primary focus is on works and perspectives that break boundaries in film — both politically and artistically — with a special emphasis on genres and topics that are traditionally challenging to fund, create, and exhibit. The members of NNFS work together to workshop film projects, fundraise, and build audience for their work. Regular screenings of films by collective members, as well as works by emerging and established Black women filmmakers around the world, fuel visibility for the NNFS mission: to raise awareness and build understanding around the challenges Black women filmmakers face within the film industry.
In partnership with the 55th Ann Arbor Film Festival.
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