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The Future is Afro-Femme: New Negress Film Society

NYC-based film collective New Negress Film Society will present a variety of their short indie films followed by audience Q+A.
Stefani Saintonge

A Haitian-American filmmaker and educator, in 2014 she won the ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Discovery Award for her short film, Seventh Grade. Her documentary, La Tierra de los Adioses, won Best Latin American Short Documentary at the Festival Internacional de Cine en el Desierto. Her work, which focuses on women, youth and immigration, has screened at several festivals and institutions internationally including Hammer Museum, Brooklyn Museum, New Orleans Film Festival and Austin Film Festival. A member of New Negress Film Society, she is a recipient of the Jerome Foundation Film and Video Grant, BRIO Arts Award and served as an artist in residence with Haiti Cultural
Chanelle Aponte Pearson

Chanelle Aponte Pearson is a Bronx-­bred, Brooklyn-­based artist and filmmaker. In 2015, Chanelle was awarded the euphoria Calvin Klein Spotlight on Women Directors “Live the Dream” grant for the narrative series 195 LEWIS, her directorial debut. 195 LEWIS screened to a sold out audience as part of the renowned BAMcinématek program and went on to have its world premiere at the 2017 International Film Festival at Rotterdam.

Chanelle is chief operating officer and senior producer at MVMT Films, the production company responsible for the HBO series RANDOM ACTS OF FLYNESS and the critically acclaimed film AN OVERSIMPLIFICATION OF HER BEAUTY. The film premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and won the 2012 Gotham Award for “Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You.” Chanelle is currently a proud member of the New Negress Film Society, a collective of radical black women filmmakers. Together, they have exhibited work at the Brooklyn Museum, Anthology Film Archives, and the Hammer Museum, among others