Desha Dauchan

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Associate Professor, Film & Media Studies
School of Humanities
M.F.A., School of Theater, Film and Television, UCLA, Direction/Production
B.A., School of Communications, Howard University, Radio/T.V./Film
Phone: (949) 824-3532
Fax: (949) 824-2464
University of California, Irvine
2122 Humanities Gateway
Mail Code: 2435
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Media & Activism, African-American Film, African Diaspora Cinema, Screenwriting & Film Production.
Academic Distinctions
Awards & Distinctions:

Film Independent Screenwriters Lab, Djerassi Residency/San Francisco Film Society Screenwriting Award Finalist, CBS Directing Initiative, Tribeca All Access, Tribute to UCLA School of Theater Film and Television at 27th Rencontres Internationales Henrie Langlois Festival, UCLA Director’s Spotlight Award, Official Sundance Film Festival Selection, Gordon Parks Award @ IFP Film Market, HBO Short Film Award, KCET Fine Cut Series, HBO Short Film Award, Directors’ Guild of America Student Award, Kodak Emerging Filmmaker Award, Cannes Film Festival, The Wasserman Grant, Film Independent Project Involve, Best Narrative Short- Jamerican Film Festival, Verna Fields Women In Film Scholarship in Directing, Multicultural Motion Picture Association Diversity Award, Jim Morrison Award for excellence in Directing, Trustee Scholar at Howard University.

Films & Scripts:

“Covered” (10 min. Digital Video/Narrative Short- in progress)

Black Sheep (Digital Video Segments for Theatre piece)

"Copycat: (Feature Screenplay)
Screenwriter & Attached Director

“Entertainer’s Eulogy” (5 min. Digital Video/Experimental)

“Muslim Women in Conversation” (5 min. Digital Video/Documentary Segments)

“On The Tracks” (Digital Video)

“Revenge of the Nerds” (3 min. Digital Video/Music Video)
Writer & Director

“Kalfou” (Feature Screenplay)
Attached Director & Screenwriter co/written w/Darian Dauchan

“And Then Came the Wind” (Screenplay)

“Entertainer’s Eulogy” (Digital Video Segments)
Producer & Director

“Trying to Sleep in the Bed You Made” (Feature Screenplay Adaptation)

“Whispers” (Screenplay)
Screenwriter & Attached Director

“Whispers” (Short Film)
Producer, Writer & Director

“Episodes” (25 min. 16mm Film/Narrative Short)
Producer, Writer, Director & Editor

Works presented at the following:
Pan African Film Festival, Black Hollywood Film Festival, Directors Guild of America, James Bridges Theater, American Pavillion- Cannes Film Festival, Sistas Are Doing it For Themselves- Raleigh Studios, Jamerican Film Festival, City College for the Center of the Arts - Aaron Davis Hall (NYC), Acapulco Black Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, IFP Film Market, Pan African Film Festival, Los Angeles Film Festival, African American Film Market Place, American Black Film Festival, Sistas Are Doing It For Themselves - Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center, San Francisco Black Film Festival, HBO/CINEMAX & BET
Professional Societies
Film Independent
University Film and Video Association
San Francisco Film Society
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