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Tina Mabry (born February 9, 1978) is an American film director and screenwriter from
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. Following the release of her first feature film ''
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'' (2009), she was named one of '25 New Faces of Indie Film' by ''
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'' magazine and among the 'Top Forty Under 40' by '' The Advocate''. Mabry was named a
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Fellow in Media by
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Early life

Tina Mabry was born in
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, in 1978. After seeing Kimberly Peirce's '' Boys Don't Cry'' and Gina Prince-Bythewood's '' Love & Basketball'' while an undergrad at the
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, she determined she had to go into film and moved to Los Angeles. She received her Masters of Fine Arts in Cinema and Television from the
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.


Career

Mabry began her film career with her short film ''Brooklyn's Bridge to Jordan'' (2005). In 2007, she penned the film '' Itty Bitty Titty Committee''. The film was directed by Jamie Babbit and premiered at the 57th Berlin International Film Festival. Mabry made her feature film directing debut in 2009 with ''
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,'' which she also wrote and acknowledges draws from aspects of her own life. She received a film stock grant from
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, which enabled her to film it. The film was successful on the festival circuit, winning top prizes at the
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, and Urbanworld Film Festival. It premiered on Showtime in 2011 and is currently streaming on
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. Mabry has written and directed two episodes of ''FutureStates'' produced by
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, including ''Ant'' starring Guillermo Díaz. In 2015, Mabry was hired as a producer, writer, and director on the
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series ''
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'', created by
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Personal life


See also

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* List of lesbian filmmakers *
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References


External links

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"Interview With “Mississippi Damned” Filmmakers Tina Mabry and Morgan Stiff
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"The Preponderance of Flatscreen TVs Doesn't Mean LGBT Characters of Color Have to Flatline"
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