Ava DuVernay, Spike Lee, Barry Jenkins, Mara Brock Akil
Bio: The path to greatness for a woman of color in life, as well as entertainment, isn’t always the easiest. Within the mind of Tiara “Tia” Williams her dreams aim to bring reality to both the silver screen and the male dominated entertainment industry. Born in Austin and raised in a small town right outside of the city of Houston, Tia followed in her mother’s footsteps and moved back to the weird city as an adult.
Tia found her creative niche while podcasting about entertainment and politics and began blogging about victims of Police brutality. Soon after she began combining her true love for writing and passion for people of color and expanded her storytelling abilities with short stories and screenplays. In 2018 Tia made the decision to leave her position at a well-known tech company and make her dreams a reality. Since she has been featured in Austin Monthly Magazine, The Austin Chronicle, The Austin American-Statesman and many others. Her latest project "Gentrified" has garnished national attention and aims to capture the financial and emotional effects of gentrification through a thought-provoking dramatic narrative web series.
As a new filmmaker Tia’s goal is to use HER art to tell the stories that help not only entertain, but break down stereotypes and help shed a light on those that often go forgotten.
Austin, TX, USA