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 subjects 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 Orleans Film Festival, Toronto Inside Out Festival, Gdansk Animation Festival, BlackStar Film Festival, Tampere Film Festival, and Ann Arbor Film Festival. Gary's work is part of The Whitney Museum of American Art's permanent collection and has exhibited at cultural institutions worldwide including the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, NYU Florence, Chicago’s Black Cinema House, Indiana University Cinema, Goldsmiths University in London, Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, MoMA, The Hammer Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Union Docs, ICA Boston, MoMA PS1, and the Made in New York Media Center. In 2017 Gary was named one of the 25 New Faces of Independent Filmmaking from Filmmaker Magazine.
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.