Daresha Kyi
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Daresha Kyi writes, produces, and directs film and television in Spanish and English. A natural born storyteller, she graduated with a degree in Film & TV from NYU. Her award-winning student film, The Thinnest Line, helped her secure grants to fund her second film, Land Where My Fathers Died, which she wrote, produced, directed, and co-starred in with Isaiah Washington in his screen debut. In 2011 Daresha was Executive Producer of Emmy winning writer Kevin Avery’s short comedy Thugs The Musical starring Margaret Cho, David Alan Grier and Rachel True. She also produced a short satirical take off on The Wiz called The Whizz, starring an all white cast (almost) for Fusion Comedy. Most recently Daresha co-directed and co-produced her first feature-length documentary, Chavela with Catherine Gund. The film celebrates the wild, rollercoaster life of badass singer Chavela Vargas and was nominated for the Teddy award and won the 2nd place Panorama Audience Award at the 2017 Berlinale, and Audience Awards at the San Francisco Int’l LGBTQ Film Festival, the Women’s Int’l Film Festival (Pamplona) and Mostra FIRE (Barcelona), as well as Best Documentary at the New Renaissance Festival in Amsterdam. Daresha also co-produced Dispatches from Cleveland for Aubin Pictures in 2017, which is enjoying a full festival run. Daresha has produced television for FX, WE, AMC, Oxygen, E!, Telemundo, Bravo, and FUSE, among others. She is currently a fellow in the Firelight Media Documentary Lab.