Ja'Tovia Gary

Ja'Tovia Gary

Ja’Tovia M. 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. Gary is concerned with charting the various ways raced and gendered bodies navigate popular media. Her work has screened at festivals including Frameline LGBTQ Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, New Voices in Black Cinema, Toronto Inside Out Festival, Gdansk Animation Festival, BlackStar Film Festival, Tampere Film Festival, and Ann Arbor Film Festival. Gary has presented her work at universities, museums, and cultural institutions worldwide including the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, NYU Florence, Chicago’s Black Cinema House, Indiana University Cinema, Goldsmiths University, Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, ICA Boston, MoMA PS1, the Whitney Museum, and the Made in New York Media Center. The artist's professional production credits include post production / archival assistant for Spike Lee's "Bad 25" and Shola Lynch's "Free Angela and All Political Prisoners" as well as Assistant Editor on "Jackie Robinson", a two part biographical documentary directed by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon, which premiered April 2016 on PBS. Gary has received support from the Sundance Documentary Fund Grant, Jerome Foundation Film and Video Grant, and the BritDoc Pulse Genesis fund.

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IDA Spotlight: SocDoc Faculty Tips for New Projects
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IDA Spotlight: SocDoc Faculty Tips for New Projects

One of our best jobs here at SVA's MFA in Social Documentary Program is advising our graduate students on their film ideas, helping them make their concepts strong. The idea stage can be invigorating, but successful films happen with thoughtful planning. We surveyed our esteemed faculty for suggestions on what filmmakers should consider as they embark on a new project. Read More
Now Streaming: SocDoc Alumni
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Now Streaming: SocDoc Alumni

A great many SocDoc alumni films are recently streaming into the comfort of your home these days - so we compiled a list to make a TV party easy for you! Check out the work our alumni are making, and tell a friend. Read More
Spring Festivals!
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Spring Festivals!

Festival season is ramping up and our prolific SocDoc alum are screening at major festivals across North America. Here’s a rundown of where SocDocers and their films are at over the next few months:  Read More
2019 Alumni Editing Fellowship
March 29, 2019

2019 Alumni Editing Fellowship

Graduates of SVA’s MFA Documentary program (Groups 1 through 8) are invited to apply for the second annual SocDoc Summer Editing Fellowship with their documentary features in post-production.

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