Daresha Kyi writes, produces, and directs film and television in Spanish and English. After graduating with a degree in Film & TV from NYU, she wrote, directed, and co-starred with Isaiah Washington in his screen debut in the award winning short, Land Where My Fathers Died. In 2011 Daresha was Executive Producer of Emmy winning writer Kevin Avery’s short comedy, Thugs The Musical starring Margaret Cho and David Alan Grier. In 2016 she produced a satirical take off on The Wiz called The Whizz, starring an all white cast (almost) for Fusion Comedy and the web series, How Not to Pick Up Asian Women with Kristina Wong. In 2017 Daresha co-directed and co-produced the feature-length documentary, Chavela with Catherine Gund which won the 2nd place Panorama Audience Award at the Berlinale, Audience Awards at ten national and international festivals, as well as Jury Awards for Best Documentary at four festivals including Outfest. The film is being distributed theatrically by Music Box Films. Daresha also co-produced Dispatches from Cleveland for Aubin Pictures in 2017. Daresha has produced television for FX, WE, AMC, Oxygen, E!, Telemundo, Bravo, and FUSE, among others and is a fellow in the Firelight Media Documentary Lab.
Chavela Review, LA TIMES
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