A cause worth getting behind, from the New Negress Film Society, a collective of black genderqueer and women filmmakers, whose goal is to create community and spaces for exhibition, support, and consciousness-raising via cinema. You’ll recognize some, if not all the names of the collective’s members (we’ve featured some of their work on this blog, over the years): Ja’Tovia Gary, Wendy James, Nevline Nnaji, Dyani Douze, and Frances Bodomo.
A fundraising effort is underway, to raise $3,000 for 3 key 2015 events and projects: 1.) a Black Artstory Month Event (Saturday Feb. 28th) – “I Cried Power: On the Limits and Possibilities of Black Life” – A screening event to be held in Brooklyn, NY, featuring the works of Black women and queer artists, including Dyani Douze, Nontsikelelo Mutiti, Ja’Tovia Gary, Tiona McClodden, Stasia Mehschel, and Yulan Grant; 2.) A revamp of their website, which will be used, in part, as a showcase for the works of Black women and gender-nonconforming artists; 3.) A New Negress Artists Retreat set for this summer where participants will find support writing and developing their upcoming projects (room and board for the artists who participate).
You’ll find detailed breakdowns of each of the above 3 points on the campaign’s Go Fund Me page here.
There you will also find plenty more information on the collective, as well as the overall campaign effort.
Thus far, about 1/3 of the $3000 goal has been met.