An Ecstatic Experience

Screens Tuesday, March 29, 7:00pm – Newark Museum

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Ja’Tovia Gary, Film Maker

 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, Toronto Inside Out Festival and Ann Arbor Film Festiva. Gary has presented and spoke about her work at educational and cultural institutions worldwide including the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, NYU Florence, Chicago’s Black Cinema House, Indiana University Cinema 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.


About “An Ecstatic Experience”

An Ecstatic Experience is a short experimental film utilizes found footage, direct animation, and montage editing to chart a new visual language in response to enduring questions surrounding race, gender and power. The film aims to draw connections between seeming disparate expressions of resistance and ritual while nuancing our ideas of liberation.