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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Application Info Session Jan 22
January 11, 2018

Application Info Session Jan 22

SocDoc is hosting an online info session ahead of our application deadline. Drop in to this online info session anytime from 3-6pm EST to have your questions answered – whether you have a query about the application process, or want more details on the program and department itself. Read More
Masterclass with Frederick Wiseman
January 11, 2018

Masterclass with Frederick Wiseman

We are thrilled to announce that we are hosting one of America’s best known documentary filmmakers, Frederick Wiseman, to give a masterclass for SVA students following the recent release of his 41st documentary Ex Libris – The New Yor Read More
Prospective Students: Attend Spring Process & Style Screenings
December 20, 2017

Prospective Students: Attend Spring Process & Style Screenings

If you're considering joining SVA's MFA Social Documentary Film program, we encourage you to come by for a tour of the department, and to sit in on our weekly screening series that comprise our Process & Style class on Thursday evenings. Read More
NEW! Two-Day Documentary Intensives
December 06, 2017

NEW! Two-Day Documentary Intensives

We are excited to announce that new this year, SocDoc is expanding our class offerings to include a couple of weekend-long workshops as well as a two-week summer session. These classes are all open to the public.

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