Daresha Kyi


Daresha Kyi (co-director of Chavela)

Daresha Kyi (United States) is an award-winning filmmaker and television producer with over 25 years in the business. After working in the New York City independent film community, she decided to attend film school and became a member of the scholars program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where she graduated with a degree in Film & TV. She also won a full fellowship from TriStar Pictures to attend the Directors Program at The American Film Institute (AFI). She wrote, produced, directed and co-starred in Land Where My Fathers Died with Isaiah Washington.  She also served as executive producer of the award-winning short, Thugs, The Musical! starring David Alan Grier and Margaret Cho. Most recently she was a field producer on Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, story producer on La Voz Kids (Telemundo's The Voice for children), and the writer for the weekend morning talk show Arise & Shine, hosted by Richard Pryor's daughter, Rain. Daresha co-directed and co-produced her first feature documentary, Chavela, with filmmaker Catherine Gund. The film was nominated for the Teddy award and won the 2nd place Panorama Audience Award at the 2017 Berlinale, as well as Best Documentary and Audience Awards at Outfest and the San Francisco LGBTQ Film Festival.  


Daresha Kyi (Estados Unidos) es una directora de cine y televisión con más de 25 años de experiencia en cinematografía. Después de trabajar en la comunidad de cine independiente de Nueva York, decidió estudiar en New York University, donde obtuvo una licenciatura en Cine y Televisión. Recibió una beca de TriStar Pictures para asistir a The American Film Institute (AFI). Escribió, produjo, dirigió y actuó en la película Land Where My Fathers Died, con Isaiah Washington. Trabajó como productora ejecutiva del cortometraje Totally Biased, con W. Kamau Bell, productor del programa La Voz Kids, de Telemundo, y redactor del programa de entrevistas Arise & Shine. Su película Chavela, de la que fue co-productora y co-directora en colaboración con Catherine Gund, fue nominada al Teddy Award y quedó en segundo lugar en Premio del Público en el Berlinale 2017, además de recibir el premio al Mejor Documental y el Premio del Público en Outfest y en el Festival de Cine LGBTQ de San Francisco.

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