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Screenwriter / Producer/ Director, Film Director
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.
Her script “Dragon Angel” won the Best Project for Co-Production Award at the XV Shanghai Film Festival. A treasure-hunt that sends a French-American boy and his Chinese friends racing through China and down the history lane, “Dragon Angel” is a story of friendship and redemption. http://articles.latimes.com/2012/jun/21/entertainment/la-et-mn-shanghai-film-festival-dragon-angel-2...
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/
Her novel “Shock” was published in France in 2017. “Shock” follows a tragic destiny of a young French idealist turned mercenary and cannibal in the 90s. https://criminocorpus.hypotheses.org/31305
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 TV series.
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:
Documentary Film, Women DirectorsSkills
Screenwriting/Drafting/Pre Production, Directing
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.
To learn more about films in the "Lotus Fire Film Network" follow us on Instagram at http://Instagram.com/Lotus_Fire_Film_Network.Interests
Female Film / Short Films / Genre Films / Experimental FilmsSkills
Thérèse Casper (née Heliczer) graduated from THE FILM SCHOOL and Wesleyan University. As an emerging filmmaker, Casper has been very active in the independent Seattle film community for the past several years and thanks the mentorship and resources from the Seattle Documentary Association, Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF), Women in Film and Northwest Film Forum. Casper was a programmer for the Post Alley Film Festival and was a cast member in the short film, “Signs Everywhere,” and the feature film, "The Boy Who Lived Before." Casper has spent the last 20 years in public sector communications and project management. Currently, she is a project manager at the Seattle Department of Transportation where she manages over $50 million in transportation projects.
Former lawyer turned sound man, now 18 yrs later, still filming and recording.... also am a film professor in a local university.
About MeI am the Producer/Director of Washington DC-based, Peace Films. We are producing a TV series: Inside Scoop Worldwide. Each 45-minute episode will investigate political corruption in various countries and the citizens who are nonviolently fighting back, including:
- inside sources from within the government, exposing secrets not aired on the nightly news
- intimate portrayals of 2-3 citizens who are affected by government corruption—and are speaking truth to power
- analysis from current or veteran US intelligence analysts on US involvement in the events
- cinematographic footage of the beauty—and turmoil of the country
Please contact me if you are interested in this issue and would like to collaborate.
Documentaries That Expose War And Promote Peace
Screenwriter, Director, Producer
Tonia is a director / screenwriter / producer from Cyprus who loves making films that deal with social and women’s issues. She is Berlinale Talents alumna, Artistic Director of Cyprus Film Days International Festival, a Board member of the Directors Guild of Cyprus and a member of the European Women's Audiovisual Network. Her short films Dead end (2013) and Lullaby of the butterfly (2014) premiered in competition at the Locarno and Sarajevo International Film Festivals, respectively. Both films continued with a successful two-year festival journey worldwide competing in more than 60 International Film Festivals, including Palm Springs, Cork, Busan, Dresden, Curta Cinema, Encounters, Drama and winning several awards for Best Director and Best Film. Dead end is represented by SND Films (Amsterdam) and has been sold to Japan, China, USA and France.Interests
Documentary Filmmaker, Editor, Director
About MeIndrani Kopal is an award-winning filmmaker and the founder and director of Far East Documentary Center in Malaysia. She is a former video journalist at Malaysiakini.com,, an online news organization in Malaysia, with over six years of experience in online multimedia production. Her short documentaries have been screened at various venues in the United States. Indrani's short documentary "The Game Changer" won the best documentary award at the 2014 Harlem International Film Festival and at the American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker Showcase 2015 in Cannes, France.
She was also the leading supporter of Citizen Journalism and was the lead Video Trainer of the Citizen Journalism Program (cj.my), one of the most successful CJ program in SEA that empowers general public in having their local and personal stories heard. Indrani often employs various filmmaking ‘participatory video storytelling’ and ‘collaborate filmmaking’ methodologies such as participatory video and video diaries that allow storytellers to engage within their own story.
Indrani is a Fulbright Scholar and holds an MFA in Documentary Film from Hofstra University in New York. She is currently finishing her debut feature documentary film about a successful prison rehabilitation program.Interests
Film Poem, Experimental Film, Documentary Films
I am a New York-based filmmaker who has directed, written and produced several award-winning independent documentaries, TV series and films the past six years for TV cable networks and my production company. Having graduated with a Masters in Fine Arts (MFA) under the TV and Film graduate program at NYU Tisch School of Arts, I am also proficient in cinematography and editing. Prior to filmmaking, I was an international journalist and producer with over 10 years experience gained with renowned broadcasters and media organization like Al Jazeera.
Comedy, Drama, Documentaries
Editor, Writer, Director
I am a freelance director based in New York City. I was born in Canada then moved to LA where I studied theatre, with a focus in directing, at the University of Southern California. Since my graduation, I have continued to direct independent productions focused on picturesque realism. For two years, I have been an Executive Assistant for a Broadway and Film Producer, performing administrative and development responsibilities. I have written and directed various original pieces both cinematic and theatrical.Interests
Thriller, Action Films, Sci Fi, Comedy, Drama
Hi my name is Precious King and one of my goals is to continue to create roles for young girls and women. I'm a writer, director who believes that by having more women behind the camera, and in the writers room, it will allow for more leading roles to be created with substance for our talented women and young stars in the making.
Roles created, written and directed by women for women is the future of Cinema and a huge door opener for more to follow.
Founder, Fireball Films NYC
Documentary Filmmaker, Director Writer, Producer
A Filmmaker Mina Keshavarz was born in Shiraz in 1984. She has a B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering. Since 2002 she has been working as a documentary filmmaker, journalist and researcher for documentary film projects. She is Co-founder of visual documentary magazine” From Tehran” and she is also Co-founder of a website on documentary film issues “ Vamostanad “ from 2009 in Iran. She has made some awarded documentary films on social issues which have premiered in IDFA,Thessaloniki, Sheffield,Tribeca,…
She established her documentary film production “ MinDoc Film Production “ in Iran on 2013. She has experience as a jury member in National and International film festivals and participated in different workshops and pitching forums around the world. She could fundraise her new film “ Braving the Waves” through IDFA Bertha Fund, Sorfond, SIB, Fritt Ord and…
Recently she has finished 3 part of new documentary game in co-production with Buthch&Sundance Production Company based in Netherlands.
Music, Justice And Injustice, Labour's Rights, Political, Social, Women's Rights
Scriptwriter, Director, Producer
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Main specialty: Producer, Director Film and Television
Member of the Russian Guild of documentary films,
member of Russian filmmakers of Kinosoyuz, graduated All-Russian Institute of Cinematography named of Sergei Gerasimov, specialty: filmmaker ( workshop of Evgeny Tashkov) in 1996
NYFA Moscow (producer's workshop:Lydia Cedrone) 2013
2016 -producer and director of the feature short film «President» in production
2016/2015- producer and director of the feature film «Waterfront» in production
2016/2015 producer and director of the documentary film «Churches of the world» in production
producer and director of the documentary film «Nature in Nude» in production
producer and director of the documentary film «By steps of the film «This is_the heavy
burden of freedom»in production
2013/2014– producer and director of the feature film“ Crossing in Space”, in production
2013 - director of 2 feature TV series «Long way for home» (channel Domashny)
2011/2012 – independent producer, producer of German-Russian project “ Connections”
( Sunnysideup Film & Service, Germany)
2011 - creative producer of the TV feature series “ Vazhnyak "(NTV)
2009-2010 – chief-director of the TV feature series "The Invisibles"
(DTV, Inter, Teleformat)
2009 - director of documentary films "The Soviet underwear", "Stalinka" (TVC studio "Reporter Film"), author and director of "Photoalbom”: Mikhail Lubimov, Lydmila Alekseeva, Henry Reznik, Viktor Shenderovich, Mary Slonim (channel: "Who's Who ")
2008-2009 - producer and director documentary films: "Leaving the monastery," "Epidemia," "Mama, I'm pregnant," "Love is a foreigner," "I love the married man," "Unequal marriage" from the series “Stories of the big city "(channel TNT studio" Silent Movie "),
"The Burden of Fame, " Man of the crowd "(TVC)," VIA” 1 and 2 series (Grant “TPO Union," channel "Russian World", "Nostalgia")
2008-2007: The author and director ,co-producer:
12 serial feature film "I shall return" (1 channel, nominee "Golden Eagle", 2010, Profit studio, Studio Slon)
2007: Author,director,producer of documentary films: "Slaves of the two dictatorships" and "Sunshine" from series "History of a Song" (1 channel)
2005: The author, director, project manager for "The Birth of victory" for the 60th anniversaryof victory (NTV) (Tefy-2005 nominee for Best Director, Prize of the Union of Journalists)
1996-2005 - director of TV programmes (Tefy Award-2000 , "Golden Ostap" -2001)
2001- documentary “Heavy burden of freedom”(author:Mary Slonim),INTERNEWS
1996 - 30minutny feature film «Amata nobis» based on the story of Ivan Bunin, "Rusya" The film was a member of several Russian and international festivals in the framework of Institute of Cinematography (Short Film Festival in Sao Paulo, Brazil, 1997, and the festival Wursburge, Germany, 1998) The prize for literary festival screenings in Gatchina, 1997, and prize student festival VGIK in 1998 .
I am a life member of Bangladesh Short Film Forum, an organization to promote independent films in Bangladesh, since 1986 founded by important independent filmmakers of the region. I have been making short films since 1999 and have completed 4 short films and 2 tele-films by 2012. Chandrabati Kotha (Ballads for Chandrabati) is my first feature film under production now, based on the 16th century pioneer Bengali woman writer of the Indian sub-continent-poet Chandrabati. The film has won the National Film Grant for the year 2015 and at the finishing stage now. I am also working as Creative Director and Project Coordinator for Bengal Cinema Development Forum-a forum that is contributing in realizing aspiring young filmmaker's first film initiatives.
Documentary Producer, Professor, Director
Marcia Rock’s work covers international dilemmas, women’s issues as well as personal perspectives. She has received many awards including three NY Emmys. Her new doc, Unreined, is about a female American Israeli equestrian champion and trainer. Her recent films on veterans include Soldiers Period, Warriors Return about the Navajo and SERVICE: When Women Come Marching Home. In 1997, she covered the changing role of women in Northern Ireland with Daughters of the Troubles: Belfast Stories. McSorley’s New York, tells the story of the NY Irish. Dancing with My Father looks at how adult love is shaped by childhood models. Surrender Tango explores tango as a metaphor for relationships. Rock is the director of News and Documentary at the NYU Carter Journalism Institute and she co-authored with Marlene Sanders, Waiting for Primetime: The Women of Television News.
Producing, Cinematography, Directing
I am a documentary film director and am passionate about telling great stories, especially ones that build empathy and bring you into a totally different world than your own. I am also passionate about more women gaining more of a real and powerful space in the filmmaking ecosystem, at every level, from directing to producing to filming to - everything!
I just finished a feature film about one of the last cultural taboos - death - explored through the eyes of someone who grew up in a funeral home and decided not to take over his family business. It's called Death in the Family and played internationally on Al Jazeera English.Interests
Women Directors, Shorts, Narrative, DocumentariesSkills
Feedback, Story Editing, Writing, Producing, Directing