A native of Tupelo, Miss., Tina Mabry graduated from the University of Southern California, School of Cinema-Television, with an MFA in Film Production in 2005.
While participating in Film Independent's (FIND) Project: Involve, Tina finished developing and writing her short film, Brooklyn's Bridge to Jordan, which she wrote and went on to direct. The film has been screened in more than 50 film festivals worldwide and has won multiple Jury and Audience Awards as well as a Best Director award. Brooklyn's Bridge to Jordan aired on Showtime and BET J, and was voted the #1 film on the season finale of LOGO's The Click List 2: Best in Short Film.
Shortly after graduating from USC, Tina co-wrote a feature screenplay entitled Itty Bitty Titty Committee, directed by Jamie Babbit (But I'm a Cheerleader). The film premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival (2007) and won Best Feature Narrative at the South by Southwest Film & Music Festival (2007).
In 2008, Tina participated in the FIND Directors Lab with her feature film, Mississippi Damned, and was later awarded the Kodak Film Grant. While playing on the festival circuit, Mississippi Damned has garnered an impressive 13 awards from participation in 15 film festivals, including the awards for Best Feature Film and Best Screenplay at the Chicago International Film Festival (2009). The film premiered on Showtime in February 2011.
Tina was named among the 25 New Faces of Independent Film in Filmmaker Magazine in July 2009 and was recognized by Out magazine as one of the most inspirational and outstanding people of 2009. She was featured in The Advocate magazine as part of their Top Forty Under 40 issue, which features the top 40 individuals who are raising the bar in their respective fields.
In December 2010, Tina was named the James Baldwin Fellow in Media by United States Artists, a national grant-making and artist advocacy organization.
Tina's new feature, County Line, was accepted into FIND's 2010 Screenwriters Lab. The script recently participated in Tribeca All Access in April 2011 where the script won the Tribeca All Access Creative Promise Award.
County Line also took part in FIND’s Fast Track, a film financing market, which was held during the Los Angeles Film Festival 2011.