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Brick By Brick

Take the journey with Buddy, a 19-year-old brick mason and farmer, as he confronts numerous systemic obstacles in pursuit of rebuilding the relationship with the father he thought he knew. Based on a true story, screenwriter and director Tina Chapman DaCosta tells the compelling story of her father, young Elza “Buddy” Cannaday, who leaves his small town to find his father, presumed dead after a riot. Experience an after-hours smoky abode, jazz music of the time, and a cameo appearance by jazz pianist Johnny O’Neal, who resurrects his role as Art Tatum from the film Ray. Based on true events.

  • Tina Chapman DaCosta
  • Tina Chapman DaCosta
  • Micky Levy
    Union, Page's Great and Grand Escape, Dipsticks
  • Marina Viscun
    Ode To Los Angeles, Big Voice, Major Lazer Feat Nicki Minaj: Run Up, The Option
  • Ramon Vasquez
    Key Cast
  • David Shakes
    Key Cast
  • Johnny O'Neal
    Key Cast
    "Art Tatum"
  • Deb Maisha
    Key Cast
  • Diane Chevron
    Key Cast
    Signs of Undoing, The Big Bit, Smoking Laws, Tug of War
  • Tina Chapman DaCosta
    Key Cast
    Sticks and Stones, The Release
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  • Genres:
    Drama, Period, Coming of Age, True Story, African American, DIVERSITY
  • Runtime:
    16 minutes 53 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 30, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • San Diego Black Film Festival
    San Diego
    United States
    February 1, 2020
    North American
    Best Short
  • Pan African Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    February 15, 2020
    Los Angeles
    Official Selection
  • Africa Movie Academy Awards
    December 20, 2020
    Africa Premiere
    Nomination Best Diaspora Short
  • Women of African Descent Film Festival
    New York
    United States
    December 26, 2020
  • DUMBO Film Festival
    New York
    United States
  • Denton Black Film Festival
    United States
    January 21, 2021
  • Montreal Black Film Festival
    Canadian Premiere
  • JOCUNDA Music and Film Festival
    New York
    United States
  • National Black Film Festival
  • North Carolina Black Film Festival
    North Carolina
    United States
  • Great Cleveland Urban Film Festival
    United States
  • Chautauqua Film Festival
    United States
Director Biography - Tina Chapman DaCosta

Tina Chapman DaCosta has been called a “renaissance woman.” She has worked as a diversity consultant, college professor, actor, filmmaker and computer engineer. Tina is the Director of Diversity Theater at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in the Office for Diversity and Inclusion. RIT Diversity Theater is a college-wide program, for RIT’s 23,000 faculty, staff and students from 100 nations. The program presents interactive learning programs using film and theatre to advance equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) education and community building.

Tina has worked as a diversity consultant in EDI since 1998. Her specialty is writing, directing and producing EDI training programs utilizing performance and visual arts to engage participants in active learning to achieve sustainable culture change. Some of her methods include film, Playback Theatre, vignettes and reader’s theatre. She is the recipient and presenter of several grants and conference presentations for advancing EDI initiatives, these include:

 The National Academics of Sciences Engineering Medicine conference presenter (2020)
 American Association of Colleges & Universities conference presenter (2020),
 The Forum for Workplace Inclusion conference presenter (2018),
 RIT president’s grant (2017),
 Howard Hughes Medical Institute Inclusive Excellence grant (2017-2022),
 Community Summit on Race conference presenter (2017),
 National Science Foundation and ADVANCE Connect Grant (2016), and
 International Museum and Theater Alliance (IMTAL) conference presenter (2015).

Tina began her acting training as a child at the legendary Karamu House in Cleveland, Ohio and performed in school and community theatre as well as commercials. She earned a Master of Fine Arts in Film & Animation, concentration in Scriptwriting in 2014 from RIT. Her latest film project is BRICK BY BRICK. Written and directed by Tina, this 16-minute film set in 1941 Cleveland, Ohio, tells the story of Tina’s father, Elza Buddy Cannaday, and his attempt to rebuild his relationship with his father as he becomes the first licensed and bonded African American contractor in Cleveland. Tina has also written a feature length script about her father’s life. Three of Tina’s plays were selected for the Rochester, NY Sankofa Play Festival: GONE FISHING, AFTERNOON TEA and THE RELEASE. Her student documentary film, REMEMBERING THE PYTHODD about a legendary jazz club in Rochester, NY, was selected for the 2013 High Falls Film Festival.

Tina has been a professor at RIT since 2002 in the Golisano College of Computing (GCCIS) and the College of Liberal Arts (CLA). As an assistant professor, she helped create the Network, Security, and Systems Administration Department in GCCIS and was nominated for the Eisenhart Award for Outstanding Teaching. In addition to directing Diversity Theater, Tina currently teaches acting, directing and film production as a senior lecturer in RIT’s School of Film and Animation and CLA.

Before becoming a professor, Tina worked as a Systems Engineer and Marketing Programs Manager for IBM. She designed and supported local and wide area networks for Fortune 500 companies and educational institutions. She was recognized with several IBM awards, the Golden Circle, Marketing Excellence, Inroads Business Advisor of the Year, and the Difference Maker Award.

In addition to an MFA in Film and Animation, Tina earned degrees in Master of Science in Engineering, Product Development from RIT College of Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, minor in Computer Science from The College at Brockport, graduating with a 4.0 GPA.

Tina is married to Jose DaCosta and deeply grateful for their blended family of eleven children and grandchildren.

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Director Statement

It is an honor and a responsibility to be a storyteller, to bring to life as best we can, the hopes, dreams, challenges and experiences of human beings to inspire one another. Sharing our stories helps us know each other better and build more inclusive communities.