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.

2019’s Top 5

2019’s Top 5

2019’s Top 5

Thank you for your support of Shine Global in 2019!

We couldn’t have done all this without you.

  • Tre Maison Dasan had its broadcast premiere on PBS reaching almost 2 million viewers and sparking conversations about child welfare in the criminal justice system
  • The Election Effect,” Shine’s first digital series, was nominated for a Webby Award (aka “the Oscars of the internet”) and was a featured Webby for Good project. It’s now available for educational screenings to help teach civil discourse.
  • We completed Virtually Free for a 2020 release with the help of 218 backers on Kickstarter. Our 2020 release will use the film to promote juvenile justice reform.
  • Liyana raised more than $30,000 for the Liyana Educational Fund which helps cover students’ costs for higher education including university tuition and vocational training, as well as travel and boarding when needed.
  • Shine Global’s 5th Annual Gala raised over $175,000 to support our mission.

Thank you to all of our supporters who made this possible – and more to come in 2020!

Liyana and Tre Maison Dasan coming to DVD and Blu-Ray this November

Liyana and Tre Maison Dasan coming to DVD and Blu-Ray this November


Liyana and Tre Maison Dasan coming to DVD and Blu-Ray this November Pre-Order your copy now!

[Liyana DVD]Liyana release date November 19th

In this documentary/animated film, a talented group of orphaned children in Swaziland collaborate to write an original African tale about Liyana, a girl on a dangerous quest. Inspired by the children’s darkest memories and brightest dreams, their fictional character’s journey reveals parallels between her fate and that of the young storytellers.

  • Winner of more than 35 audience and jury awards!
  • 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes!
  • 5-Star review from Common Sense Media!

Tre Maison Dasan release date November 26th

Tre Maison Dasan is a story that explores parental incarceration through the eyes of three boys. Following their interweaving trajectories through boyhood marked by the criminal justice system, and told directly through the child’s perspective, the film unveils the challenges of growing up and what it means to become a man in America. Hilarious, heartbreaking, uplifting and ending with tremendous hope, Tre, Maison and Dasan’s lives are stories of growing up, struggle, loss, empathy, positivity, resilience and unconditional love.

Tre Maison Dasan on PBS April 1 – National Visit Day Campaign

Tre Maison Dasan on PBS April 1 – National Visit Day Campaign


Tre Maison Dasan on PBS April 1
National Visit Day Campaign

Mark your calendars and tune in to the broadcast!

TRE MAISON DASAN is an award-winning feature documentary about three boys – Tre, Maison, and Dasan – whose lives are complicated by having a parent in prison. Following their interweaving trajectories through boyhood, and shown directly through their points of view, the film is an exploration of relationships and separation, masculinity, and coming of age when a parent is behind bars. In this age of mass incarceration, Tre, Maison, and Dasan are only 3 out of the 5,700,000 American children who have been directly impacted by the incarceration of a parent.

Support the film by:

✔️ Tuning in to PBS on Monday April 1st

✔️Hosting a screening with friends, family, or a local prison facility as part of the National Visit Day initiative (see more info below)

✔️Sharing the film and tune in info on social media

National Visit Day

A nationwide series of events to bring families and communities together with their incarcerated loved ones, around the national broadcast of the award winning documentary Tre Maison Dasan on PBS’ Independent Lens.


Visiting Day is one of the most important days of the week, month, or sometimes year for children and parents separated from their loved ones due to incarceration.

With the national broadcast premiere of Tre Maison Dasan on PBS / Independent Lens on April 1st, 2019, we want to help make that day happen for families across the country, strengthen bonds of family, and prompt a national reflection about the the rippling effects of mass incarceration in America. We’re looking for partners to take action and join us in sharing this experience with as many children and families across the country as possible.

NATIONAL VISITING DAYS events can be large or small – 50 people or 5.

All it needs is:

  • A place where you and your audience can watch the film on PBS or – it could be your living room, a theater, a library, an auditorium, community center, or the visiting room of a prison or jail. The film will be available April 1-14th.
  • Invitations sent out to families, friends, and community members who are ready to come together to experience the film
  • A host organization or facilitator willing to guide a discussion and response during and after the film (with the help of our guides, available soon at can download the “How to Host Guide” pdf by clicking here

Other Ways to Support the Film

  1. Post about the film on social media: Use #TreMaisonDasan, #NationalVisitDays and @TreMaisonDasan on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
    EXAMPLE posts
    Looking forward to watching @TreMaisonDasan a doc about three boys, each with a parent in prison April 1st on @PBS @Independent Lens #TreMaisonDasan
    Host a #NationalVisitDay screening of doc @TreMaisonDasan about three boys, each with a parent in prison April 1st-14th while streaming on @PBS @Independent Lens
  2. Invite a friend to watch with you on April 1st: Maybe you can’t organize a National Visit Day screening – but you can still invite some friends over to watch with you!
  3. Share this email! Forward to others who you know would be interested in hosting a screening of their own
  4. Bring TRE MAISON DASAN to your city: There will be plenty more opportunities to host a screening after the PBS broadcast window too – stay tuned!
  5. Donate to support the outreach and engagement campaign (select Tre Maison Dasan option on the form):

2018’s Top 5

2018’s Top 5


2018 Top 5

So much happened in 2018 – it was hard to pick our top 5!

  • Liyana had an amazing year garnering rave reviews and a lot of new fans – and work is starting on the educational components and engagement partners.
  • Tre Maison Dasan made its festival debut and in addition to the screenings and awards, the team has been building partnerships and hosting discussions with key stakeholders about the impact of parental incarceration on kids.
  • Shine’s first digital series “The Election Effect” premiered on Facebook to reach 1.6 million people and is now available for teachers and educators along with a free discussion guide.
  • Our upcoming documentary Virtually Free focusing on juvenile justice and a unique program that attempts to bridge the divide between teens and police wrapped principal photography and entered the edit room.
  • And our 4th Gala in NYC was a huge success – and a lot of fun!

Thank you to all of our supporters who made this possible – and more to come in 2019!