Tina Mabry

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Tina Mabry (born 1978) is an American film writer and director from Tupelo, Mississippi. Following the release of her first feature film Mississippi Damned (2009), she was named one of '25 New Faces of Indie Film' by Filmmaker Magazine and among the 'Top Forty Under 40' by Advocate Magazine.[1][2] Mabry was named a James Baldwin Fellow in Media by United States Artists.

Early life[edit]

Tina Mabry was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, in 1978.[1] After seeing Kimberly Peirce's Boys Don't Cry (film) and Gina Prince-Bythewood's Love & Basketball while an undergrad at the University of Mississippi, she determined she had to go into film and moved to Los Angeles.[3] She received her Masters of Fine Arts in Cinema and Television from the University of Southern California.


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 Mississippi Damned, which she also wrote and acknowledges draws from aspects of her own life.[1][4] She received a film stock grant from Kodak, which enabled her to film it. 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.[1] It premiered on Showtime in 2011 and is currently streaming on Netflix courtesy of Ava DuVernay's ARRAY.

Mabry has written and directed two episodes of Futurestates produced by ITVS, including Ant starring Guillermo Diaz.

In 2015, Mabry was hired as a producer, writer, and director on the OWN series Queen Sugar, created by Ava DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey.

Personal life[edit]

She is married to producer, editor, and manager Morgan R. Stiff and resides in Los Angeles, California.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d "25 NEW FACES OF INDEPENDENT FILM". Filmmaker Magazine. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  2. ^ "Forty Under 40". Advocate.com. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  3. ^ "Our Diverse 100: Meet Tina Mabry, the director turning negatives into positives". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2016-06-03.
  4. ^ Moore, Marlon Rachquel (1 January 2011). "From a Real Place and Real People: Interview with Mississippi Damned Writer/Director Tina Mabry". Black Camera. 2 (2): 130–137. doi:10.2979/blackcamera.2.2.130. JSTOR 10.2979/blackcamera.2.2.130.
  5. ^ "Mississippi Damned - Crew". Mississippi Damned Official Website. Retrieved 12 January 2015.

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