New Negress Society Screening


To complement the retrospective exhibition Saturn’s Return, the Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos is presenting an online film screening coupled with a conversation with members of the New Negress Film Society on Wednesday, February 24th from 6:00PM - 7:00PM.

You now have exclusive access to four featured films by current Film Society members Faren Humes, Chanelle Aponte Pearson, Stefani Saintonge (a 2018 BRIO Winner), and Yvonne Michelle Shirley.

About the New Negress Film Society

The New Negress Film Society is a collective of black women filmmakers who create community, spaces, and films that reimagine cultural productions that have traditionally exploited black women. We coordinate public programming for the filmmaking community and produce short and feature-length films that center the voices and experiences of Black women and girls. Founded in 2013, the group is currently formed by acclaimed filmmakers Chanelle Aponte Pearson, Faren Humes, Stefani Saintonge, and Yvonne Michelle Shirley. Our work has screened at the Sundance Film Festival, Brooklyn Museum, Anthology Film Archives, Hammer Museum, and MOMA - just to name a few.

Online access to featured films lasts from February 22nd until February 26th.

195 Lewis, Episode 1

Director: Chanelle Aponte Pearson

Synopsis: 195 Lewis is a dramatic comedy series about a group of friends navigating the realities of being, black, queer, and polyamorous in Brooklyn, NY.

Runtime: 15 minutes Year: 2017

Fucked Like a Star

Director: Stefani Saintonge 

Synopsis: A poetic meditation on women’s work and the dreamlife of ants set to the words of Toni Morrison.

Runtime: 8 minutes Year: 2018

Miasia: The Nature of Experience

Director: Yvonne Michelle Shirley

Synopsis: Brooklyn teen, Miasia Clark, is just a few weeks shy of presenting at the first ever Black Girl Movement National Conference. As the event approaches, we watch her prepare with her activist group, Girls for Gender Equity. She guides us through her everyday worlds, wrestling with the personal, the political, and the fight to self-determine

Runtime: 30 mins Year: 2017


Director: Faren Humes

Synopsis: Loggy and Alex’s friendship in Miami’s redeveloping Liberty Square is threatened when Loggy learns that Alex is being relocated to another community.

Runtime: 16 minutes Year: 2018