TIDE Film Festival 2019

November 15-17, 2019

TIDEFF's second annual festival took place November 15-17, 2019 at multiple venues in Brooklyn, including BRIC, Made in NY Media Center by IFP, and Automatic Studios. Of the 28 films, the producers, writers, and directors identified across the following racial groups:

39%

Identified as Black

36%

Identified as Asian

18%

Identified as Latinx

3%

Identified as Indigenous

DAY 1

TIDEFF's Opening Night commenced with speeches from Founder, Julie Young, Director of Programming, Karen McMullen, DreamMaker Board Chair, Asmeret Berhe-Lumax, and special celebrity guest, Sofia Chang. The evening showcased a block of short films followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers, moderated by Ms. McMullen. The night ended with delectable food and beverages generously provided by Mokbar, BaoHaus, Mai Vino, Asahi, Boxed Water, and Gold Coast.

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DAY 2

The second day began with a filmmaker-exclusive workshop on best tips and tricks to receive funding for films hosted by Mazars. Multiple film screenings and a panel on the "Impact of Diversity Initiatives" followed. The feature film presentation, Seneca, and Q&A with the filmmakers wrapped up the first full day. Filmmakers, team, friends and family assembled for a post-screening reception.

DAY 3

TIDEFF's signature speed mentorship workshop for selected filmmakers kicked-off the final day. Throughout the day, several short and feature films screened alongside a panel on "Inside Programming Film Festivals" with expert programmers from top festivals. The TIDEFF19 award ceremony launched Closing Night. A screening of the powerful documentary, The Apollo, directed by Academy Award winning Roger Ross Williams was followed by a Q&A and wrap party. 

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2019 Speakers + Mentors

FINANCE FOR CREATIVES W/ MAZARS
FOR SELECTED FILMMAKERS

 

Moderator: DAVID L. WEINSTOCK

​Mazars Wealth Advisors LLC,
CFP, AEP, CPA Principal

ALFONSO JOHNSON

TIDEFF18 Filmmaker, 
Director & Writer

 

TREVITE WILLIS

​Award-winning producer

SPEED MENTORING WORKSHOP
FOR SELECTED FILMMAKERS

NATA ANDRESEN

Bindery, Director’s Agent

GRACE MOSS

NBC Entertainment, Director of Talent Development & Inclusion

 

DIANA SON

Showrunner & Executive Producer, Thirteen Reasons Why & Executive Producer Non Writing, Genius: Aretha

PANEL 1: LEVELING THE FIELD—THE IMPACT OF DIVERSITY INITIATIVES
 

Moderator: WILBERT L. COOPER 

Host, Producer, & Writer

TANUJ CHOPRA​

TIDEFF18 Alum, Director & Participant in the Fox Directors Lab & Sony Diverse Directors Program

TIFFANY CHUNG

Co-Producer, Watchmen & Westworld, Coordinating Producer, The Leftovers

 

JUSTIN DENIS

TIDEFF18 Alum, Writer & Participant in the Sundance Screenwriters Intensive Fellows, SPACE on Ryder Farm Film Lab

 

MICHELLE HAMADA

Tribeca Film Institute, Manager of Scripted & Documentary Programs

GRACE MOSS

NBC Entertainment, Director of Talent Development & Inclusion

PANEL 2: INSIDE PROGRAMMING—
A DISCUSSION WITH PROGRAMMERS AND CURATORS

Moderator: KAREN MCMULLEN

TIDE Film Festival Director of Programming

OPAL H. BENNETT

Aspen, Athena, Nantucket, March on Washington Film Festival, DOC NYC

BRANDON HARRISON

Brooklyn Film Festival,
DOC NYC

 

LUCY MUKERJEE

Tribeca Film Festival, Outfest

 

RUTH SOMALO

DocumentaMadrid, Architecture & Design Film Festival, Union Docs Anthology Film Archives, DOC NYC

BARBARA VÁSCONEZ

HBO / New York Latino Film Festival, Ville Film Festival

2019 Selected Films
* Award Winners for 2019

ACCENT

Directed by Nosarieme Garrick

 

ANGELS LANDING

Directed by David R. Liu
 

CAP*

Directed by Marshall Tyler

Awarded TIDEFF Best Director

 

CATCH A GIRL

Directed by LeRon Lee
 

CATCH A GIRL EXPERIENCE

Directed by LeRon Lee

GRAB MY HAND

Directed by Camrus Johnson
& Pedro Piccinini

HOW WE’RE GONNA
MAKE IT THROUGH TILL
THE MORNING SUN

Directed by Mackie Mallison

​IAGO

Directed by Amit Bhalla

IN FULL BLOOM

Directed by Maegan Houang

 

INFLUENCERS

Directed by Raeshon Morris

IRON HANDS

Directed by Johnson Cheng
 

JÅAJI APPROX

Directed by Sky Hopinka

 

KISS OF THE RABBIT GOD

Directed by Andrew
Thomas Huang

KOREATOWN

Directed by Grant Hyu

MY FATHER’S TOOLS

Heather Condor

​NO RETURNS

Karla Badillo

 

PAS HONTEUX

Directed by John D. Tucker

 

POZOLE

Directed by Jessica
Mendez Siqueiros

 

SUPER SONIC

Directed by Saleem Gondal
 

SWEETHEART DANCERS

Directed by Ben-Alex Dupris
 

THE DISHWASHER

Directed by Nick Hartanto
& Sam Roden

THE FISHERMAN*

Directed by Zoey Martinson

Awarded TIDEFF Best Screenplay
Awarded
 NYWIFT

THE FISHERMAN

Directed by Ana A. Alpízar

 

THE LAST RODRIGUEZ

Directed by Tania Luna
 

WHERE THE WATER RUNS*

Directed by Dubois Ashong
Awarded TIDEFF Best Film

GO BACK TO CHINA

Directed by Emily Ting

 

SENECA*

Directed by Jason Chaet
Awarded Spirit of TIDE

 

THE APOLLO

Directed by Roger Ross Williams

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Thank you to all of our sponsors and partners who continue to support TIDEFF's vision. To all of the writers, directors, producers, industry leaders and audience members, we thank you for being a part of the Second Annual TIDEFF. We are grateful to have you as a part of the family and the movement to champion underrepresented voices in film and media. movement to promote marginalized voices in media! We are incredibly grateful to all of the writers, directors and producers who participated in our second film festival. We welcome each of these amazing creators to our family, and are excited to see what's next in store for them.

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The TIDE Film Festival is a signature program of DreamMaker DreamDoer DreamSupporter, Inc., a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit that provides resources, connections and inspiration for creatives and nurtures future leaders.