Posted January 4, 2017
The Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) announced that artist and filmmaker Ja’Tovia Gary will spend the month of January on the JBFC campus as REMIX Artist-in-Residence.
JBFC will screen An Ecstatic Experience before Losing Ground, a 1982 film directed by Kathleen Collins, which inspired Ms. Gary during the making of her short. “[My] film is a response to state sanctioned violence…during the time I was constructing it, I had the opportunity to screen Collins’ Losing Ground. I was so incredibly inspired by her and her work that I begin to think on the notion of ecstasy and what it means to search for ‘an ecstatic experience’ during this contemporary political moment.” Ms. Gary will be in attendance at this program to talk about the two films. She will also introduce a screening of Daughters of the Dust, Julie Dash’s seminal 1991 film, and present the film to high school students at a private screening, where she will be on hand for a Q&A.
During her time as Artist-in-Residence at the JBFC, Ms. Gary will edit her Sundance Institute supported documentary, The Evidence of Things Not Seen, about a troubled young artist who discovers trans-generational trauma and mental illness throughout her family tree.
Read the full press release here: