Dara is a chronic insomniac. However, she was told that writing that validates bad behavior. So, scratch that. Instead, she’ll state that she’s a chronic storyteller, who holds her MFA in film from Tisch School of the Arts, NYU and who is most happy when bringing a story to life in either narrative or documentary form. She is continuously inspired by the world around her and has always been fascinated by the physiological underpinnings of personality. Pickles, plane crashes, face blindness, mechanical resonance and butterfly collecting have all been subjects of her films. From the jungles of Vietnam to the villages in India and the depths of Brooklyn, she is always in pursuit of a unique adventure and a complex and beautiful character.
Collectively, her films have screened all over the world, from the Tribeca Film Festival to SXSW, Cannes, Abu Dhabi International Film Festival, Imagine Science Film Festival (Grand Prize Winner), Chicago Film Critics Film Festival, Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival in France and ShortShorts Asia in Toyko, among others. She is the recipient of the Alfred P. Sloan Production grant, the FAP grant from the National Film Board of Canada, the Tribeca Film Institute Sloan Award and the documentary grant from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. When not making movies, Dara can be found writing and directing commercials, corporate and non-profit videos. Clients include L’Oreal USA and L’Oreal Paris, Maybelline, Pepsi Co, Movado, Ovarian Cancer Research, Rachel Roy, Avon, John Frieda, Essie & Sally Hansen.
Born and raised in Montreal, Dara currently lives in Brooklyn with her husband and her pup Zeppelin. In her alternate avatar life, she’s an amateur sommelier living in the country with her ten rescue dogs. Or a criminal lawyer. She’s still deciding.