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Tia Cherie Polite
Tia Cherie Polite.jpg
Born Tia Cherie Polite
1971 (age 46–47)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Occupation Film director, screenwriter, producer, actor
Years active   2007–present
Partner(s) Kevin Wendell Jones
Website blackrosedagger.com

Tia Cherie Polite (born 1971) is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, actor, VFX artist and cosplayer known for the 2015 film Dark Awakening, which she wrote, directed, and produced.

Polite went on to direct 2016's The Interrogation and 2017's Age of the Warrior[1].

Early life and education[edit | edit source]

Tia Cherie Polite was born 1971 in Washington, DC. to Jeannie Walker (Mother) and James Polite (Father) and later raised by Annie Bell Walker (Grandmother). She has two other siblings, Asmeret K. Habteab-Baker (Sister) and Sean Polite (Brother).

During 2008, Tia received a certificate in 3D Animation and Visual Effects from the 3D Training Institute, she graduated from Strayer University in 2011.

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 Star Wars character using stunt light-sabers.

As a Cosplayer, Polite and began using the moniker MzTiyah.[2][3] Polite began making some of her own props and costumes to use in her cosplay.[4]

During her time with the Guardians Performance Group, Tia performed in a dozen of live charitable events and conventions. She was elected CEO of the Guardians Performance Group in 2011 and served in that role until retiring from stage combat in 2013.

In 2010 Polite as a cosplayer made her film debut in Four Days at Dragon*Con[5] that featured interviews with fans, staff, performers, artists, stars and would-be superheroes

During Dragoncon 2011, Tia co-wrote the song Supergirl with Kevin Wendell Jones that featured his daughter Theresa Jones as Lil MC Reese and herself as MzTiyah.

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. In 2015, Tia entered into directing via the Star Wars inspired film Dark Awakening which she also wrote and acted in. The film also served as her first as a visual effects artist and editor.

In 2015 She hosted a film makers panel at Awesomecon[6]

In 2016, a documentary film recounts the story of Polite in The Journey of Tia. The film covers the Tia Cherie Polite's career via interviews. Archival footage and still photos, and narration by Polite.

Tia Cherie Polite with Dark Awakening cast members Mackie Lou Vigal, Jethro Moran, W. Keith Scott and James Jay O'Neal doing a film panel at Awesome Con

In 2017 Tia founded her own production company, Black Rose Dagger Films, LLC.[7]

In 2017 she hosted a panel at Blerdcon called, Film Making: Concept to Completion.

In 2017 during the month of February, Polite was one the cosplayers featured on Black Girl Nerds for the 28 days of black cosplay.[8]

In 2017, the 4th Annual Funk Parade was Hosted by David "The Oh!" Oliver and Co-host Tia Cherie Polite.[9][10] She also hosted The Costume Lounge along with Wendell Smith Sr.[11][12]

In 2017 Cinemax sponsored the Urban Action Showcase and Expo[13] an all-action entertainment platform celebrating diversity and honoring the multicultural achievements within the blockbuster action genre, including adventure, fantasy, grindhouse, horror, sci-fi, and supernatural content. Tia Cherie Polite as the director and Kevin Wendell Jones as composer and sound designer won an award for their film, Age of the Warrior[14][15]

Discography[edit | edit source]

  • Supergirl (2011) Featuring Lil MC Reese and MzTiyah


Filmography[edit | edit source]

Writer

Year Title Notes
2011 To Wrong A Right
2015 Dark Awakening
2016 Dark Awakening II: Battle of Krotanna
2016 The Interrogation
2017 The White Room
2017 Age of the Warrior

Producer

Year Title Notes
2011 To Wrong A Right
2015 Dark Awakening
2016 Dark Awakening II: Battle of Krotanna
2016 The Interrogation
2016 The Journey of Tia
2017 The White Room
2017 Age of the Warrior

Director

Year Title Notes
2015 Dark Awakening
2016 Dark Awakening II: Battle of Krotanna
2016 The Interrogation
2016 The Journey of Tia
2017 The White Room
2017 Age of the Warrior

Visual Effects

Year Title Notes
2015 Dark Awakening
2016 Dark Awakening II: Battle of Krotanna
2016 The Interrogation
2017 The White Room
2017 Age of the Warrior

Editor

Year Title Notes
2015 Dark Awakening
2016 Dark Awakening II: Battle of Krotanna
2016 The Interrogation
2017 The White Room
2017 Age of the Warrior

Animation

Year Title Notes
2015 Dark Awakening
2016 Dark Awakening II: Battle of Krotanna
2016 The Interrogation
2017 The White Room
2017 Age of the Warrior

Actress

Year Title Notes
2011 To Wrong A Right Reporter
2011 Supergirl Wonder Woman
2015 Dark Awakening Sith Witch Lady Fatale
2016 The Interrogation The Interrogator
2016 The Journey of Tia Self in documentary
2017 The White Room The Interrogator
2010 Four Days at Dragon*con Herself

Awards[edit | edit source]

  • Direct Monthly Online Film Festival 2016, for The Journey of Tia (short film): (Best Audience Award)[16]
  • International Independent Film Awards 2016, for The Journey of Tia (short film): (Honorable Mention)[17]
  • NYC Indie Film Awards 2016, The Interrogation (short film) : (Winner) Best Score[18]
  • Carmarthen Bay Film Festival, UK, for The Journey of Tia (short film): (Winner)[19]
  • Urban Action Showcase & Expo 2017, For The Age of the Warrior (short film) : (Winner Kung Fu Theater Contest: Best Action)[20]

References/Notes and references[edit | edit source]

  1. "THE URBAN ACTION EXPERIENCE: ACTION A GO GO'S SHORT FILM LIGHTNING ROUND!". Action A Go Go, LLC. 19 November 2017. Retrieved 2018-05-02. 
  2. "#28DaysOfBlackCosplay: MzTiyah Cosplay – Black Girl Nerds". Black Girl Nerds. 25 February 2017. Retrieved 2018-05-02. 
  3. "Cosplay: Why We Do What We Do featuring MzTiyah Cosplay". Breaking Normal. Retrieved 2018-05-02. 
  4. "#28DaysOfBlacCosplay 2017 (with images, tweets) · TalynnKel". Storify. Retrieved 2018-05-02. 
  5. "Dragon Con Independent Film Festival  » Documentary -". filmfest.dragoncon.org. Retrieved 2018-06-19. 
  6. "Dark Awakening- A Star Wars Fan Film Panel (Awesome-Con 2015)". Vimeo. Retrieved 2018-05-02. 
  7. "Register Your Business Online | Maryland.gov". egov.maryland.gov. Retrieved 2018-05-02. 
  8. "#28DaysOfBlackCosplay: MzTiyah Cosplay - Black Girl Nerds". Black Girl Nerds. 2017-02-25. Retrieved 2018-06-22. 
  9. WASHINGTON, GOOD MORNING. "The DC Funk Parade brings 30+ stages with 120 performances and it's FREE". WJLA. Retrieved 2018-05-02. 
  10. Patricia McDougall (2017-04-30), Patricia McDougall "On The Scene" Celebrity Photographer 4-30-2017, retrieved 2018-06-22 
  11. "Funk Parade 2017 – Select Magazine | Events, Bars, Food, Entertainment, Culture, Music, Nightlife – St. Louis". www.selectcitymag.com. Retrieved 2018-05-02. 
  12. "Are You Ready to Get Funked Up? U Street's Funk Parade is Saturday – All The Details". PoPville. Retrieved 2018-05-02. 
  13. Obenson, Tambay A. (2015-11-06). "Cinemax Sponsors Urban Action Showcase and Expo, Beginning Sat Nov. 7 in New York City". IndieWire. Retrieved 2018-06-19. 
  14. Demetrius Angelo (2018-01-14), 2017 UASE HBO Cinemax Red carpet Reception set2, retrieved 2018-06-19 
  15. Demetrius Angelo (2018-03-02), 2017 HBO Red carpet Winner set 5, retrieved 2018-06-19 
  16. "Short Film Festival | DMOFF – Direct Monthly Online Film Festival". Short Film Festival | DMOFF – Direct Monthly Online Film Festival. Retrieved 2018-04-26. 
  17. "Honorable Mention". www.iifilmawards.com. Retrieved 2018-04-26. 
  18. "NYC Indie Film Awards". www.nycindiefilmawards.com. Retrieved 2018-04-26. 
  19. "Carmarthen Bay Film Festival Program 2017". Issuu. Retrieved 2018-04-26. 
  20. "2017 UAS IAFF Winners". Urban Action Showcase and. Retrieved 2018-05-02. 

External links[edit | edit source]

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