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.

Notes from Susan: Separating Children From Their Parents

Notes from Susan: Separating Children From Their Parents


Notes from Susan: Separating Children From Their Parents

By Susan MacLaury

I don’t usually blog at 1am but sleep is elusive tonight. I’ve spent a good part of today thinking about the immigrant children and parents being forcibly separated at our borders. I keep imagining my young granddaughters being taken from their parents and I honestly can’t bear the thought.

Who among us as a child didn’t lose a parent in a public place and experience terror at feeling abandoned? Is the pain of a parent who’s lost sight of his or her child any less? What would we feel in the place of these adults who’ve risked everything to get to this country in the hope of a better life for themselves and their children only to lose the very loved ones they’ve risked everything for?

Before co-founding Shine Global I worked with teens as a social worker. Many of the kids in programs I ran had either lost or never known a parent and every one of them was impacted by this negatively.

I saw this clinically but also understood it viscerally having lost my own father at the age of 5 when he was killed in the Korean War. I was lucky in the sense that I had a strong and loving mother and eventually a caring stepfather, but like any other child who has experienced this loss my life was affected forever.

Shine has worked on many films in the past 13 years and has told the stories of children who’ve also lost parents yet manage to go on with grace and courage. Our two most recent films – Tre Maison Dasan (currently in festivals) and the juvenile justice documentary currently in production– are cases in point. In one, 3 young boys struggle with the incarceration of their parents. In the other, 3 older boys who’ve lost their parents founder and are ultimately incarcerated. The loss of all 6 is palpable.

Today we are collectively bearing witness to a crisis in process and we face a choice: Do we voice our outrage at this inhumanity, knowing that it may very well damage innocent children’s lives forever, or do we allow this administration to “double down” and stonewall until – God forbid – this travesty becomes normalized as school shootings apparently have.

As of today, 12 hours after initially writing this piece, President Trump has announced that he “will be signing something in a little while” that will keep families together in detention. This doesn’t address those children already forcibly separated, some of whom have apparently been flown to shelters on the east coast.

Immigration is a complicated issue and I don’t pretend to know how best to address it, but trying to leverage children to gain political advantage is unconscionable. This is not a political issue. This is not a Democrat vs. Republican issue. This is a humanitarian issue and the lives of thousands of adults and children are at stake.

Please take the time to voice your dissent and keep the pressure on this administration to protect these families. Contact your legislators and implore them to step up and do the right thing. Let us help to reunite these families.


An Overview of the facts and situation from NPR:

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Liyana Swaziland Premiere and Festival Updates

Liyana Swaziland Premiere and Festival Updates


Liyana Swaziland Premiere and Festival Updates

Liyana‘s Swaziland premiere was a fabulous success! It was a very special weekend in May kicked off by a reception and screening at Movie Zone generously hosted by the U.S. Embassy Swaziland. The film team and all the kids from the farm enjoyed a night on the red carpet.

The next night was a magical public premiere at the gorgeous House on Fire venue, presented by MTN BUSHFIRE. It was a sold out and super enthusiastic screening, with all proceeds going to the LIYANA Education Fund.

Check out the amazing photos:

Upcoming Festival Screenings

Prescott Film Festival – Arizona
Saturday, June 16th – 4:00pm – Yavapai College Performing Arts Center – TICKETS

Roxbury International Film Festival – Boston
Opening Night Film / Massachusetts Premiere
Thursday, June 21st – 7:00pm
Harry and Mildred Remis Auditorium – Museum of Fine Arts Boston – TICKETS
*Producer, Sakheni Dlamini, in attendance

Interested in hosting a screening? Please contact the filmmakers!

For updates on more 2018 Film Festival Annoucnement – stay tuned on the film’s website: and social media accounts.

Tre Maison Dasan Festival Update

Tre Maison Dasan Festival Update


Tre Maison Dasan Festival Update

Tre Maison Dasan will be screening on June 14th and 17th at AFI DOCS
AFI DOCS Official Selection

Thursday, June 14th @6pm
AFI Silver Theater
8633 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910

Sunday, June 17th @4:45pm
Landmark E Street Cinema
555 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20004


  • The film, edited by Carlos Rojas, also won the Karen Schmeer Award for Excellence in Documentary Editing at IFF Boston
  • Tre Maison Dasan also screened at the Montclair Film Festival in New Jersey – where Dasan, Alivia and Tre joined the filmmakers to answer questions
  • The film had its world premiere at the San Francisco International Film Festival in April.