The Directors Guild of America (DGA) held their 69th annual awards ceremony this past Saturday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Writer/Director, Tina Mabry was honored by her fellow directing peers and was awarded the award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children’s Programs for An American Girl Story – Melody 1963: Love Has To Win!  Mabry also made history by becoming the first African-American woman to receive a DGA Award in this category!

Mabry took an admirable stand against bullying during her speech in an inspirational push to the audience (to those physically present and to those watching/listening), “Be vocal, be loud. This is a country that’s for everybody.”

Mabry has had an accomplished career, landing on the ‘25 New Faces of Indie Film’ List by Filmmaker Magazine and ‘Top Forty Under 40’ List by Advocate Magazine, following her first feature, Mississippi Damned. In 2015, she was part Ava DuVernay’s all-women-director initiative and hired as a Producer, Writer, and Director for Queen Sugar.

This is great news for Tina Mabry and we look forward to witnessing more wins in her journey! You can catch the complete list of 2017 DGA Awards winners here.

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Tonja Renée Stidhum is a screenwriter/director with cheeks you want to pinch... but don't (unless she wants you to). She is made of sugar and spice and everything rice... with the uncanny ability to make a Disney/Pixar reference in the same sentence as a double entendre.

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