Director’s BIO: Tia Ayers and Shannon Ayers Swanson (FIRM WITH PURPOSE)

Short Film playing at the November 2017 FEMALE FEEDBACK Film Festival

Director Biography

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Tia Ayers and Shannon Ayers Swanson are creators, directors, producers and co-founders of the production and development company Borndreamer.

Together, Tia and Shannon develop and produce content with a focus on comedy. They currently have several original projects in development, from web shorts to feature films.

Prior to forming their partnership, Tia directed several short films that played at festivals around the country. She also co-wrote a Lifetime movie with her mom and was a writer and supervising producer of all 26 episodes of “Raising Expectations”, a family comedy for Canadian television. Shannon was at Abominable Pictures, where she produced several pilots, presentations and eight episodes of the series Filthy Preppy Teens for Full Screen Media.

They both got their start as performers. Tia studied and performed sketch comedy at Second City, IOWest, the Groundlings and did standup all over the country. Shannon studied at Playhouse West and was a cast member of Top Story Weekly at the IOWest Theatre.

Director Statement

We are sisters who love to work and create together.

Our mission is:
To BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER through positive entertainment, showcasing underrepresented characters and stories.

To BE KIND & RESPECTFUL to our audience, clients, community and team.


By femalefilmfestival

The irony of this festival is that its goal is to not be around in 5 years time. To eventually not be relevant because there is zero need to have a festival geared for female talent and female stories because the stories presented in Hollywood and around the world are a balanced showcase of the human experience from both sexes. Our goal is to achieve a lot of success and then fold into oblivion simply because there is no need for this festival. This festival was created by the FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival as a simple reaction to a strong need to showcase female talent from around the world in a more profound way. When putting together the weekly festival, the administration noticed a lack of a female presence in the stories being shown at the festival. A classic example and analogy to the frustration is how the festival noticed that even the smaller roles in a screenplay were written for a man to play. There was zero reason for this in many stories. How a police officer, or a political campaign manager, for example with 3-4 lines in a screenplay was a "HE" character. Why? And these are the screenplays written by the winners! The talented one who have obtained agents and have began/beginning their careers as a writer.

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