Tina Mabry has joined the team of the highly anticipated upcoming Netflix series Dear White People. Mabry joins fellow episodic directors Steven Tsuchida (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), Barry Jenkins (Medicine for Melancholy), and Justin Simien (Dear White People), who is also the executive producer and writer of the series.
The upcoming half-hour comedy has received a 10-episode order, and revolves around a diverse group of students of color as they navigate a predominantly white Ivy League college where racial tensions are often swept under the rug. The series is described as a send up of “post-racial” America that also weaves a universal story about forging one’s own unique path.
Stephanie Allain (Dear White People), Yvette Bowser (Black-ish, Living Single), and Julia Lebedev (Dear White People) will serve as executive producers alongside Simien.
The series is based on the critically acclaimed indie film of the same name that that took theaters by storm in 2014. Simien created the initial concept trailer for the film using his tax refund. The trailer went viral on YouTube, garnering over a million views and $50,000 in donations from fans across the globe. The crowd funded film went on to win the Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent at Sundance and an Independent Spirit award for Best First Screenplay.
Mabry was named one of ’25 New Faces of Indie Film’ by Filmmaker Magazine and among the ‘Top Forty Under 40’ by Advocate Magazine following the release of her critically acclaimed first feature film Mississippi Damned (2009). The film was successful on the festival circuit, winning top prizes at the Chicago International Film Festival, Outfest, American Black Film Festival, and Urbanworld Film Festival. It premiered on Showtime in 2011 and is currently streaming on Netflix courtesy of Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY. Most recently Mabry served as a producer, director, and writer on OWN’s upcoming series Queen Sugar, and is set to direct and produce Amazon’s live-action special Melody, 1963: Love Has to Win, an American Girl Story starring Black-ish star Marsai Martin.