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. The artist earned her MFA in Social Documentary Filmmaking from a private for-profit art school in New York City.
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, 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.