Director. Filmmaker. Storyteller.
Tia is a wearer of many hats. Her most prominent is that of CEO & owner of Black Rose Dagger Films, LLC, a small independent film production and visual effects company based in the Washington DC area. At Black Rose Dagger Films, Tia functions in many roles including film director, screenwriter, producer, VFX generalist, cinematographer, editor, actress, costumer and prop maker.
Tia has been involved in some form of creative arts for many years, but it wasn't until 2008 that things formally began taking shape. During 2008, Tia received a certificate in 3D Animation and Visual Effects from the 3D Training Institute. Also in 2008 Tia began performing as a costumed stage combat performer for the Guardians Performance Group (formerly the Jedi Guardians) where she performed and later choreographed Kenjutsu routines dressed as a Star Wars character using stunt light-sabers. During her time with the GPG, Tia performed in a dozen live charitable events and conventions. She was elected CEO of the GPG in 2011 and served in that role until retiring from stage combat in 2013. Although Tia was no longer an active stunt performer she continued to dress up in various costumes and attend conventions as a "Cosplayer" and began using the moniker "MzTiyah Cosplay". Tia also began making some of her own props and costumes to use in her cosplay.
In 2011, Tia began blending her various talents and interests together and began her foray into film-making by acting, writing and producing several independent short films, including an entry in the 2012 Washington DC 48 Hour Film Project called To Wrong A Right. Tia also co-wrote the song Supergirl with Kevin Wendell Jones and the music video shot during the 2011 DragonCon which also featured Tia as MzTiyah.
In 2015 Tia entered into directing via the film Dark Awakening, which also wrote and acted. The film also served as her first as a visual effects artist and editor. Tia followed up in 2016 with the release of the short films The Interrogation and The Journey of Tia, both of which successfully screened at a variety of film festivals.
Tia kicked off 2017 by officially founding her production company Black Rose Dagger Films, LLC. The company’s first release, the grind-house martial arts short film Age of the Warrior, was accepted into several film festivals winning the “Best Action” award at the Urban Action Film Festival sponsored by HBO in New York. The film also garnered Tia her first “Best Director” awards at the Indiewise Film Festival and the DC Movie and Music Awards. Also during 2017, Tia began presenting her film-making panel “Film Making: Concept to Completion” at conventions and co-hosted the 4th Annual Funk Parade held in Washington, DC as well as its first ever “Costume Lounge”.
In 2018 Tia wrote, directed and produced the short film MVP: Mandalorians vs Predator.
Hollywood Boulevard Film Festival 2017
Nominated, August Award
Best Woman Filmmaker for The Interrogation (2016) (short film)
IndieWise Film Festival 2017
Won, Jury Prize
Most Action-Packed for Age of the Warrior (2017)
Won, Jury Prize
Best Director for Age of the Warrior (2017)
Urban Action Showcase And Expo 2017
Won, Urban Action Showcase Fan Film Award
Kung Fu Theater Contest: Best Action for Age of the Warrior (2017)
Best Shorts Competition 2016
Nominated, Best Shorts Competition
Best Short Film for The Journey of Tia (2016) (short film)
Carmarthen Bay Film Festival, UK 2016
Nominated, Best Short
Documentary for The Journey of Tia (2016) (short, documentary film), for The Interrogation (2016) (short film)
International Independent Film Awards 2016
Won, Honorable Mention
Documentary Short for The Journey of Tia (2016)
Los Angeles Cinefest 2016
Nominated, Los Angeles Cinefest Award
Short Film - August for The Interrogation (2016)
NYC Indie Film Awards 2016
Won, Platinum Award
Best Score for The Interrogation (2016)
Reel Independent Film Extravaganza 2016
Nominated, Festival Prize
Short Film for Age of the Warrior (2017) (short film)