July 17, 2020

The Black Gaze | Beyond Resilience

A conversation with Black filmmakers on how they are navigating the ubiquitous images of Black trauma in this moment, documenting Black life, and forging new cinematic languages, practices, and formal approaches.



  • Jason Fitzroy Jeffers, a Miami-based journalist, filmmaker, and co-executive director of the Miami-based Caribbean filmmaking collective "Third Horizon". Previously a staff writer at The Miami Herald, whose work primarily focuses on giving voice to often marginalized stories of the tropics. Additionally, produced the shorts films: "Papa Machete", "Swimming in Your Skin Again," and "T", which have screened at festivals, such as Sundance, BlackStar, TIFF and Sheffield.


  • Ja'Tovia Gary, (Artist and Filmmaker). Through documentary film and experimental video art, Gary’s work seeks to liberate the distorted histories through which Black life is often viewed, while fleshing out a nuanced and multivalent Black interiority. Gary's 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, and elsewhere.
  • Jon-Sesrie Goff, (Multidisciplinary Artist, Curator, Arts Administrator, Executive Director of The Flaherty / International Film Seminars). Goff believes that cinema has the power to explore the intersections of race, power, identity, gender, and the environment by unearthing the visceral representational value and authenticity behind the images propelled across varying diasporas. Goff has screened his videos at prominent public and private institutions. Currently, in the final stages of production for a feature documentary directorial debut, “After Sherman.”
  • Loira Limbal, (Afro-Latinx Filmmaker and DJ), interested in the creation of art that is nuanced and revelatory for communities of color. Limbal is the Senior Vice President for programs at Firelight Media. "Through the Night" is a feature documentary about a 24 hour daycare center, which was apart of the 2019 Sundance Documentary Edit and Story Lab, which had a world premiere at the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival. Limbal's first film "Estilo Hip-Hop" was a co-production with ITVS and aired on PBS in 2009. Limbal co-produces and helms the popular Bronx monthly #APartyCalledRosiePerez.
August 6, 2023

Disability Justice: Spotlight on unseen | Beyond Resilience

Firelight Media co-presents a panel on disability justice at BlackStar Film Festival 2023, featuring Documentary Lab Fellow Set Hernandez Rongkilyo.

June 29, 2023

QTBIPOC Representation in Documentary | Beyond Resilience

Firelight Media hosted a Beyond Resilience Pride Month conversation about queer, trans, and BIPOC representation in documentary.

May 25, 2023

AAPI Cultural Icons | Beyond Resilience

Firelight Media hosted a Beyond Resilience event celebrating AAPI cultural icons as seen through the lens of AAPI filmmakers.

April 20, 2023

Centering the Artist in Documentary | Beyond Resilience

Firelight Media hosted a virtual panel discussion on producing documentary films centered on artists of color, by artists of color.

February 23, 2023

Black & Now | Beyond Resilience

Firelight Media hosted a Beyond Resilience event celebrating filmmakers and artists who capture the essence of contemporary Black life in America today.

March 13, 2023

Making Music Docs That Aren't One Note | Beyond Resilience x SXSW

Join Firelight Media at SXSW for a conversation featuring BIPOC filmmakers on making music documentaries.

January 26, 2023

The Future of Film Programming | Beyond Resilience

A Beyond Resilience conversation on community-centered curatorial practices, festival programming guidelines, and distribution pathways.

December 15, 2022

Producing Documentaries with Impact | Beyond Resilience Masterclass

Firelight Media hosted a Beyond Resilience Masterclass with Firelight-supported filmmakers who are producing documentary films with impact.


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