Pursuing her education in filmmaking at Wayne State University, she filmed her first documentary entitled “Mr. B’s Joy Box Express.” the story of a musician, who traveled across Michigan with a baby grand piano attached to his bike, and collects money for charity. This story sparked her interest in documentaries and social issues.
In 2011, Ms. Brugnone joined The Michigan Creative Film Alliance a collaborative effort between three of Michigan’s universities, designed to keep Michigan Film Makers in Michigan.
During her first year with the MiCFA she served as Co-Producer, Unit Production Manager and Location Manager of the 2011 production Beauty Queen of which has won a Silver Award at The Blue Water Film Festival and a Bronze Plaque Award at the Columbia International Film Festival.
Brugnone’s second production with MiCFA, Downriver, won the Silver Award and five additional awards at the Blue Water Film Festival as well as the Best Cinematography Award at the Uptown Film Festival.
In 2015, Ms. Brugnone was a participant in the Sundance Inaugral Detroit Screenwriters Intensive Workshop. Under the direction of her advisor Joan Tewkesbury, she began honing her skills as a screenwriter.
Tinisha Brugnone is a passionate filmmaker dedicated to creating films that address social and economic issues. In addition to producing and screenwriting, Ms. Brugnone is currently working on her directorial debut "Top Shelf" a story that depicts the struggle of a divorced mother of two, coming to terms with her recently discovered individuality while exploring her own sexual desires.