The TSFS’s main mission is to combat negative stereotyping of Black women in film, television and media by presenting and preserving film by and/or featuring Black women from around the world in non-stereotypical roles through exhibition, educational, and distribution programming.
The Tressie Souders Film Society also facilitates discourse and forums through the following pillars of ¹support:
- Presenting film by and/or featuring Black women from around the world
- Providing an online and offline newsletter of gains and announcements in the film, television and media industries
- Reporting on the role and progress of Black women in film, television and media industries
- Fundraising and funding for film marketing, film festival submissions, and specific film project development
- Training, panel discussions and lectures with leaders in the film industry
- Encouraging girls and women to enter the fields of film, television and media
- Film preservation of historically significant films by and/or featuring Black women from around the world
- In partnership with other organizations, companies, or industry professionals, re-mastering the works of historically significant film, television and media works by and/or featuring Black women
- Being an advocate for women and people-of-color in film –especially, but not limited to, Black women– in the television and media industries
- Distributing Alerts regarding film, television, and media production, funding, and delivery
The film society is open to anyone who supports the goals and mission of the Tressie Souders Film Society.
Filmmakers, patrons and audience members are welcome to donate throughout the year, and to become active members who implement the society’s goals. The Tressie Souders Film Society presents and supports the International Black Women’s Film Festival.
If you are interested in joining and supporting the film society’s efforts, please visit the Membership page!