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Water, Utopia, and Collective Liberation: An Exploration Through the Animated Web Series

#DBFF22 Screening + Conversation: Animated Web Series MINE

We invite you to watch MINE with us at 7:00 pm as part of our VOD screening block. Join us at 7:20 pm CST for a Live Stream conversation with MINE creators and Denton activists as we near the one-year anniversary of Winter Storm Uri and discuss community-led response to the ongoing vulnerability of our resources in Texas, who makes decisions for our community and what needs to change. This screening and conversation will be available on VOD until February 6th @ 11:59pm CST.


MINE is an animated web-series that poignantly explores the timely theme of community versus individual survival, through the eyes of a teenager. Set in the near-future, this powerful series transports us to BEAU VODA, a hard-fought utopian world where every aspect of life is powered by a miraculous healing water source. In the pilot episode, teenager BLAZE reluctantly steps into the esteemed role of Water Bearer with the help of their precocious sister MIA. But when the magical water is tampered with, they discover that their idealistic community may not be as magnanimous as they think.



Moderator: Brian Rowland – Mayor of Prairie View, TX & Local Progress Member

Guests: Randall Dottin, MINE Co-Director and Angela Tucker, MINE Writer/ Producer

Denton Community Activists (TBD) :Angelica Fraga and Gabriella Morgan


Community Partners: 

Local Progress

Rise Home Stories


Watch MINE at #DBFF22



Dr. Brian E. Rowland (Moderator)

Bio: Serves as Mayor of the City of Prairie View, Texas. An active member of Local Progress, Dr. Rowland also serves as Co-Chair of LP’s Black Caucus.Dr. Rowland holds a PhD in Educational Leadership and is the Managing Principal for Visionary Leadership, LLC.He has a regional, state and national reputation for outstanding leadership and community involvement. Rowland was an instrumental force in the successful restoration of the Prairie View A&M students’ right to vote, a nationally recognized court case. He has received several awards including the Young Champions of Justice Award from the Lawyers’ Committee on Civil Rights and the YMCA of Greater Houston Minority Achievers Award.



Randall Dottin (Co-Director/Writer/Producer)

Bio: A writer/director who works both in documentary and narrative fiction. His MFA thesis film, “A-Alike,” was licensed for a two-year broadcast run by HBO and has won numerous awards, including the Student Academy Award for Best Narrative Film. In 2009, Randall was named by IndieWire Magazine as one of the Top Ten New Voices in Black cinema. From 2012 to 2015, Randall wrote and directed branded content for aol.com, Toyota, and Essence Magazine. Randall’s short film “Lifted,” was sponsored by Fox Searchlight’s program for emerging directors, the Fox Searchlab. “Lifted” premiered on CBS in 2015. His docu-series “The House I Never Knew” is currently in production and explores how six families in Chicago, Houston, and Boston fight against becoming casualties of housing segregation policy. The series recently received a grant from the Sundance Institute Documentary Fund. He is currently chair of the Screenwriting Department at New York Film Academy.



Angela Tucker (Producer/Writer)

Bio: An Emmy-nominated producer, writer, and director who co-founded TuckerGurl, a production company which tells compelling and irreverent stories about underrepresented communities. Her directorial work includes “Paper Chase,” a teen comedy in pre-production; “All Styles,” a dance movie in post-production starring Fik-Shun and Heather Morris; and “Black Folk Don’t,” a documentary web series in its fourth season. She’s in her sixth year as series producer of “Afropop,” and co-produced “The New Black.” Previously, she was director of production at Big Mouth Films, a social-issue documentary production company. Angela was a Sundance Institute Women Filmmakers Initiative fellow.

Watch MINE at #DBFF22

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