About the team
Ja’Tovia Gary (Director) is a filmmaker and visual artist originally from Dallas, Texas. Gary’s work is concerned with constructions of power and disrupting conventional modes of storytelling while fleshing out a nuanced and multivalent Black interiority. She earned her MFA in Social Documentary Filmmaking from the School of Visual Arts in New York. In 2017 Gary was named one of Filmmaker Magazine‘s 25 New Faces of Independent Filmmaking. Her award-winning films, An Ecstatic Experience and Giverny I (Négresse Impériale) have screened at festivals, cinemas, and institutions worldwide including Edinburgh International Film Festival, The Whitney Museum, Anthology Film Archives, Atlanta Film Festival, the Schomburg Center, MoMa PS1, MoCA Los Angeles, Harvard Film Archives, New Orleans Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival and elsewhere. She has received generous support from Sundance Documentary fund, the Jerome Foundation, Doc Society, among others. Gary is a 2019 Creative Capital Awardee and a FOV Fellow.
Lauren Domino (Producer) is a producer and writer. She produced the short film Alone (NYT Op Doc) which won the Short Film Jury Award: Non-Fiction at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and was on the 2018 Oscars Shortlist for Best Documentary Short. Her work as a producer also includes Black Folks Don’t (PBS), Like (Field of Vision, SXSW), The Older Fish (Time Inc., Killer Films), Intersection (Frameline, ABFF), and America (Aubin Pictures). With a passion for increasing the profiles of women and people of color in film, Domino has worked with The New Orleans Film Society to launch Emerging Voices, a mentoring initiative for people of color. The former Director of the Columbia University Film Festival; she has produced branded content, photo spreads, and live events for The New Yorker, Elle.com, The Oscars, Microsoft, and Essence Festival. She is a 2017 Sundance Institute Creative Producing Fellow.
Gina Duncan (Producer) is a film programmer and arts administrator. As the Associate Vice President, Film at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), she is responsible for providing strategic and artistic direction for BAM’s first-run and repertory film program as well as its film festival, BAMcinemafest. Previously, she programmed for the Jacob Burns Film Center and currently serves as the Film Lab curator for SPACE on Ryder Farm, a working organic farm that offers self-determined residencies to artists and activists.