tees-en-scène exists to make artists visible, to elevate voices that are normally interrupted, ignored or silenced. this all began with a shirt for Elaine May whose work deserves not just to be seen by more eyes but to be talked about more amongst the greats of the art form.
and we now have shirts honoring Barbara Loden, Kathleen Collins, Amy Heckerling, and Debra Hill.
we don’t just endeavor to elevate past directors and their work: with the Elaine May tees I gave a portion of the profits to clèo journal—a vital work of 21st century film criticism—to help continue pay and elevate women and non-binary persons and people of color working in the critical sphere. as we grow, tees-en-scène will dedicate a percentage of our profits to help fund a filmmaking project from a woman of color. we are currently working on the process of choosing a filmmaker and project to join alongside. profits won’t be much (and we are still working to just fund production costs) but we want to make sure this project is what we say it’s about: working as an ally to help elevate voices, specifically those of WOC, that have been marginalized far too long.
the long game then, if this thing continues to grow, is to set up a well of consistent funding for these kinds of projects.