Tre Maison Dasan + Live Panel Discussion August 6th 8pmET

Tre Maison Dasan + Live Panel Discussion August 6th 8pmET


Tre Maison Dasan + Live Panel Discussion Aug 6th 8pmET



Join Shine Global, Director Denali Tiller, Film Subject Maison, Family Incarceration Expert Elizabeth Gaynes, and Moderator Susan MacLaury for a virtual screening of Tre Maison Dasan and a live panel discussion. Watch the film anytime before the panel discussion from the comfort of your own home.

LIVE Panel Discussion
Thursday, August 6th


How to Watch

1. Click here to go the screening page on Eventive

2. If your screen says “Watch Now” simply click to begin viewing. If your screen says “Unlock” enter your email and password (you will need to create an account with Eventive if you don’t have one already) to purchase a ticket and the page will take you to the “Watch Now” screen.

3. You have 7 days to begin watching the film after unlocking. Once you begin watching, you have 48 hours to complete the film. You can watch at anytime before the panel discussion – the film is 94 minutes long.

4. On August 6th at 8pmET the same page will host the live Panel Discussion. You must be signed into your account to view. You can type questions and comments into the chat box.

5. If you’d like to make it a Movie Night, follow this timeline to join in the fun simultaneously with the filmmakers and friends across the country:

Thursday, August 6th
6:30pm EDT (NY) / 3:30pm PDT (CA)
Log in to Eventive to watch Tre Maison Dasan from the comfort of your home. The film is 90 minutes long.

8:00pm EDT (NY) / 5pm PDT (CA)
Participate in our live Q&A and panel discussion

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to for assistance and you can view the FAQ from Eventive


Tre Maison Dasan is an intimate portrait of three boys growing up, each with a parent in prison. Told directly through the child’s perspective, the film is an exploration of relationships and separation, masculinity, and coming of age in America when a parent is behind bars.

One out of every fourteen children in the U.S. has a parent who is currently or has previously been incarcerated. In other words, a staggering 7% of our nation’s youth— an estimated 5 million children—have experienced the incarceration of a parent at one point in their lives. 1 in 9 Black children (11.4%), 1 in 28 Hispanic children (3.5%) and 1 in 57 White children (1.8%) have an incarcerated parent. Black children are twice as likely as White children to experience parental incarceration.

Running Time: 1 hour 34 minutes | Rating: Ages 10 and up

“Potent, sometimes wrenchingly intimate… This feature directorial debut is an excellent nonfiction drama” —VARIETY MAGAZINE

“Gripping… This picture opens our eyes to a social disruption that has been underexposed and that we all ignore at our peril” — THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER


Denali Tiller – Director & Producer

Denali Tiller is a filmmaker based in Queens, NY. She is best known for her work directing and producing Tre Maison Dasan, a collaborative, award-winning feature length documentary about three boys who have parents in prison. Tre Maison Dasan screened at festivals around the world and premiered on PBS’ Independent Lens in April, 2019. Tied to a comprehensive engagement campaign, the film also reached incarcerated audiences around the world, and culminated in a #NationalVisitingDays campaign that organized shared screenings between incarcerated parents and their children. In 2015, Denali was named one of 110 “Filmmakers to Watch” by Variety Magazine. She has associate-produced short content in Uganda, Ghana and Tanzania with the US Agency for International Development, and has taught at Alvarez High School and the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island.

Maison Texeira – Featured in Film

Maison Texeira is 15 years old and attends Bishop Hendricken High School in Rhode Island. He is an artist and musician, and loves to draw both cartoons and realism, and is learning how to DJ. You can see more of his work at



Elizabeth Gaynes – President and CEO of the Osborne Association

Elizabeth Gaynes is President/CEO of the Osborne Association, a NY nonprofit criminal justice organization. During her 35-year tenure, the 85+ year old nonprofit rebounded from a two-person office to one of the country’s largest and most effective organizations seeking to transform the justice system. Osborne serves 12,000 individuals a year in 5 community sites, 30 state prisons and 7 NYC jails, with programs that include family, educational, workforce development and treatment services. In 1986, when her children’s father went to prison, Liz established FamilyWorks, the first comprehensive fatherhood program in a men’s state prison. Liz was recognized as an (Obama) White House Champion of Change for Children of Incarcerated Parents, serves on the NYS Council on Community Reentry and Reintegration, and the NYC Mayor’s Justice Implementation Task Force. She received her BA and JD from Syracuse University, and began her career in the aftermath of the 1971 Attica Rebellion as a criminal defense and prisoners’ rights lawyer.

Susan MacLaury – Moderator

Co-Founder and Executive Director of Shine GlobalSusan was a Co-producer of Tre Maison Dasan. She also has Executive Produced the Emmy Award®-winning, Academy Award®-nominated documentary War/Dance, the Academy Award® Winner Inocente, The Harvest (La Cosecha), 1 Way Up in 3D, The Eagle Huntress, and Liyana. She is also the producer of The Wrong Light and Virtually Free. Susan is in charge of the educational outreach and social advocacy efforts for all of Shine Global’s films. She is dually degreed in” social work administration and health education and was associate professor of health education at Kean University from 1994 through 2013.

Innovating the Future of Tech: Girls in STEM || Gia Mar Ramos

Innovating the Future of Tech: Girls in STEM || Gia Mar Ramos


Innovating the Future of Tech: Girls in STEM || Gia Mar Ramos


By Isabella Ullmann

When Gia Mar Ramos decided to take a robotics summer course when she was in fifth grade, she was one of only two girls in the program. While her love for computer science grew, this trend continued in other summer courses as well as in AP courses. In 2018, Gia launched Girl Innovation, a program that introduces middle school girls to basic coding, robotics, and cybersecurity skills.

The program offers girls ages 10-17 in Puerto Rico training and mentorship programs with core values of dare, lead, innovate, impact and equality. Gia believes that these programs will allow girls to learn skills that are crucial to success in today’s economy. 

Since launching the program, Gia has had immense success and was a 2019 T-Mobile Changemaker finalist, a 2018 HERLead Fellow, and won the Governor of Puerto Rico medal in 2018, among other feats. She also has been interviewed on various talk shows around the world, and is an extremely important influence for young girls in STEM. 

For these reasons, Shine Global has decided to shine a light on Gia Mar Ramos this week. See the whole interview with her here: 


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Notes from Susan: Essential But Unprotected: US Farmworkers

Notes from Susan: Essential But Unprotected: US Farmworkers


Notes from Susan: Essential But Unprotected: US Farmworkers

By Susan MacLaury

Shine Global is hosting a series of most of its documentaries throughout 2020 in celebration of our 15th anniversary. On June 12th – World Day Against Child Labor – we screened The Harvest (La Cosecha) and I had the privilege of moderating its Q and A. The panelists included US Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard, who authored the CARE Act (Children’s Act for Responsible Employment and Farm Safety) and was a co-sponsor of the recent HEROES Act, which provides protections to millions of Americans dealing with COVID-19. She was joined by Norma Flores López, the Chief Programs Officer at Justice for Migrant Women and Chair of the Child Labor Coalition’s Domestic Issues Committee. The third panelist was Zulema Lopez, one of the three young subjects of The Harvest, then 12 and now 23 and a recent college graduate.

We spoke mostly about how little has changed for migrant farmworkers in the US. Their lives are arduous, traveling many months a year following crops to harvest, often traveling thousands of miles each season. Their children routinely miss weeks of school, making it very difficult for them to keep up with classmates. Their housing is substandard, wages very low, and though now deemed “essential workers,” farmworkers still lack many of the basic rights afforded workers in other lines of labor like the right to overtime, or to collective bargaining.

The Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (FFCRA) passed earlier this spring provides protections and salaries for many workers through from April 1 -December 31 of this year. It requires employers with under 500 employees to give workers up to 2 weeks of fully or partially paid sick leave for COVID-19 reasons. It makes full-time employees who’ve been employed for at least 30 days and must quarantine because of symptoms or possible exposure to the virus, eligible for 80 hours of paid sick leave at their regular wage. They’re also able to get 2/3 of their salary if they can’t work because they need to take care of a sick relative or a minor.

The problem is that migrant workers may not work as long as 30 days for an employer. When they don’t qualify, they are left to bear the full brunt of the loss of head start and childcare programs and public school closures. Thus, while the FFCRA is an important first step in the protection of “essential” farm workers, it’s not a 100% guarantee that their rights and needs will be protected. Much more can and must be done.

As I watched The Harvest again, I was struck by how hard the lives of migrant farmworker families are. As filmmakers we come in, document these issues with the help of charismatic and courageous subjects. Then we go on to our next project while they continue to live their lives. And their lives are very, very hard.

I asked all our panelists what average American’s can do to help – and I’ll leave you with their inspiring words: