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SFFILM Festival

Tre Maison Dasan

Directed by Denali Tiller

USA | 94

8 Apr
Sun, Apr 8, 2018 at 1:30 pm PT


Tre, Maison, and Dasan are three boys who all share something in common – one of their parents is in jail. Following their separate lives through boyhood and weaving their stories together, first-time documentary filmmaker Denali Tiller tenderly observes each youngster’s life, as the kids come to understand more about the world around them. Capturing loving, frustrating, and heart-wrenching moments between parent and child, Tre Maison Dasan approaches the issue of mass-incarceration by exposing the effects of the criminal justice system on young men.  

This title is a part of SFFILM’s Launch Initiative, having its World Premiere for the film industry along with the Festival’s discerning audiences.  
“Working closely and hands-on with Tre, Maison, and Dasan, the film [is intended to] be an immersion into how they see themselves, how that is affected by the way they are seen by the systems they live within, and their individual potentials to break the barriers and confinement of stigma and generational trauma to succeed in their own ways. It is important to us that ‘success’ is defined more critically in American society, and for that reason this is not a Homeless-to-Harvard story. Not until children like Tre, Maison and Dasan can see and understand themselves to be important and necessary in the fabric of America, can we be comfortable with the world we expect them to grow into.” – Denali Tiller

Director Denali Tiller

Tre Maison Dasan is an extension of Denali Tiller’s thesis film at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). In addition to filmmaking, Tiller also teaches. She has taught art and media to youth ages 7-18 and is a member of the adjunct faculty at RISD. Tre Maison Dasan is her feature documentary debut.

Film Details

Language English

Year 2018

Premiere World Premiere

Runtime 94

Country USA

Director Denali Tiller

Producer Rebecca Stern, Craig Piligian, Denali Tiller, Jon Gourlay, Sarba Das

Editor Carlos Rojas

Cinematographer Jon Gourlay

Music Gil Talmi