Writer/Director Tina Mabry (Mississippi Damned, Queen Sugar) will be honored during the 2017 Outfest Fusion LGBT People of Color Film Festival with the Fusion Achievement Award on Saturday, March 4! D.B. Woodside (Lucifer, Mississippi Damned) and Michael Hyatt (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Mississippi Damned) will present the award to Mabry.
Based in Los Angeles, Outfest is a nonprofit organization that promotes equality by creating, sharing, and protecting LGBT stories on the screen.
Mabry made her feature film directing debut with the critically acclaimed Mississippi Damned and served as producer, writer, and director on OWN’s award-winning Queen Sugar, from Ava DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey. Most recently, she produced and directed the award-winning Melody 1963: Love Has To Win, an American Girl special from Amazon, and went on to win the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children’s Programming as well as a NAACP Award, and was awarded the award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children’s Programs. With this win, Mabry made history by becoming the first African-American woman to receive a DGA Award in this category.
Mabry has a history at Outfest per its Executive Director, Christopher Racster, who noted, “Tina’s first short film The Slowdown debuted at the inaugural Outfest Fusion festival in 2004, and shortly thereafter, her first feature Mississippi Damned, took home our Audience Award at Outfest Los Angeles. Since then she has time and time again shown she can channel deeply personal stories into masterful award-winning art.” He stressed her contributions to diverse representation, stating, “Tina continues to produce, write and direct fresh, relatable, inclusive work in a time when we still struggle to see diverse representations in film and television. It is incredibly meaningful to watch as her talent gains wider and wider recognition and to come full circle at Outfest Fusion and honor her for her achievements.”
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 hit drama series Queen Sugar, and also directed an episode of the upcoming Netflix series Dear White People.
This is only the beginning for Mabry, and we look forward to witnessing more wins as she continues her journey! You can catch the complete list of 2017 DGA Awards winners here.
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