Born in 1972 in Kazakhstan, Dana is a writer, screenwriter and
director residing in Los Angeles, California.
Having been trained as a TV journalist, she worked as a reporter in
various media outlets and a liaison officer at the Press Office of Foreign
Affairs of her home country. In 1993, she studied political science at the
Central European University in Prague, Czech Republic.
From 1995 to 2015, Dana was a staff member of the United Nations
Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Her work as Adviser
for Communication and Information took her to 85 countries. She was stationed
in Paris, Northern Iraq, Beijing and Costa Rica.
In 2014, Dana wrote and directed her first feature film “Defenders of
Life.” Set in a rainforest of Costa Rica, it tells the story of three
generation of Ngäbe indigenous women. The film enjoyed 22 selections by film
festivals and 10 wins including Best Foreign Film at the Burbank Film Festival,
the Viva Latino Film Festival NYC and Mostra Amazona de Cine. It is currently
available on Amazon Prime and Flix Premiere. https://www.girlsnotbrides.org/child-marriage-costa-rica-conversation-director-dana-ziyasheva/
In April 2018 Dana has completed production of her second feature film
entitled “Greatland.” Shot entirely on location in Los Angeles with a 50-strong
crew, “Greatland” is a crazy ride into the modern day American mindset.
Dana attended script-writing classes with particular focus on TV
pilots at the Writing Pad and the Script Anatomy in Los Angeles. She considers
Pat Charles (Black Lighting, Bones, Sons of Anarchy) her mentor in the world of
Dana’s son Arman Darbo is a young, up-and-coming actor. His film “And
Then I Go” is currently receiving rave reviews from Indiewire, Forbes,
Hollywood Reporter, etc. and is 83% certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. http://ew.com/movies/2018/04/17/and-then-i-go-review/
Besides her native Kazakh, Dana speaks English, French, Russian,
fluent Spanish and survival Chinese.
Below are a few links to Dana's work coverage in the press:
Production Manager, Executive Producer, Head Film Sales| Distribution | Production, Producer
I am a film and television
producer and the company’s executive producer. She has been a partner at the
company since 2012. With a Bachelor’s degree in Film by FAAP (São Paulo –
2002), she also studied Mise en Scène Documentaire at École Supérieure D’Études
Cinématographiques – ESEC (Paris, France – 2004). She holds a graduate degree
in Executive Education in Film and TV from FGV (São Paulo – 2006).
She has more than 10
years of experience in the Brazilian audiovisual industry, working as executive
producer and production manager of feature films and TV series at the country’s
main production companies. She worked as executive producer in feature films like
“On Wheels” (Mauro D’Addio, 2017), “A Marriage” (Mônica Simões, 2016), the feature
documentary “All For Love of the Movies” (Aurélio Michiles, 2015), and the
short films “Submarine” (Rafael Aidar, 2015) and “The Package” (Rafael Aidar,
2013). She worked as production manager of the feature films “Zoom” (Pedro
Morelli), “Boca” (Flavio Frederico), “Estamos Juntos” (Toni Venturi), “Alice Especial, Part 1: The First Day of the Rest of My Life” (Karim Ainouz), “Alice Especial, Part 2: The Last
Night” (Sergio Machado), “Carmo” (Murilo Pasta), “End of the Line” (Gustavo
Steinberg), and the TV series “Passionais” (Henrique Goldman), “Contos do
Edgar” (Pedro Morelli) and “Sound & Fury” (Fernando Meirelles).
Cinematografer, Film Director, Producer
Esther Hyneman -Producer, Videographer. Esther Hyneman has been a feminist activist since the 70s. She taught feminist theory in a NYC university and upon retirement spent about six months a year in Afghanistan
as a volunteer with the women’s rights organization Women for Afghan Women.
In 2011, Esther was named a Purpose Prize Fellow for her work on women’s and child rights in Afghanistan.
Nature, Social Activism, Photography, Painting, Documentary Films
Fighting, Organizing People, Promoting Social Change, Photography
Spanish film director, fiction writer, screenwriter, music composer, producer and actress who lives in the US. Director of La cinta de Alex (Alex's Strip), Uniformadas (Uniformed), Jaisalmer, Buen viaje (Have a Nice Trip), Tarde de homenaje (A Tribute's Evening), Migraciones de Gloria Gervitz and Reber's Backstage. She has directed all the music videos of Reber and dozens of commercials.
Founder of Storylines Projects (Multimedia Production Company). Director of the Spansk Film festival, Stockholm (Sweden).
She holds a Masters degree and a PhD from Columbia University (New York).
Pailin Wedel (director) Pailin is a Thai-American journalist and filmmaker. She is the founder of 2050 Productions. Hope Frozen, Pailin's first feature documentary, won The Whickers pitch competition at Sheffield Doc/Fest in 2017 as well as pitch prizes at TokyoDoc, Asian Side of the Doc and a spot in Crossing Borders, EDN's documentary development program.
Pailin regularly produces documentary programs for Al Jazeera English, namely for its current events program: 101 East. Aside from her television work, Pailin also films pieces for The New York Times, National Geographic and Monocle. She was formerly the Asia Interactive producer for the Associated Press. Her work centers on themes of faith, trauma, and adaptation to modernity.
She began her career in 2004 as a photojournalist shooting stills for an American newspaper but quickly fell in love with video narratives and taught herself how to shoot video. In her spare time, Pailin teaches short courses on video and mobile journalism and contributes to the acclaimed Instagram feed @everydayasia.
Kathryn L. Scurry
Screenwriter / Producer/ Director
My name is Kathryn L. Scurry and I am a multi -genre screenwriter based here in Houston, Texas. Growing up a native Newyorker, I have always had a taste for the arts dabbling in many different forms ranging from music to poetry but my passion is writing. I have currently written (20) films to date and are now making it's round through film festivals.
My goal is to start my own network of movies for "Woman Indie" film makers and screenwriter. Being an Independent screenwriter myself I understand the struggle of what it takes to make yourself relavent while building your brand. Since I started on this journey of screenwriting I've learned so much about not limiting myself and to open my mind to a vast range of opportunities and to not let them slip through the cracks.