Dara Bratt is a chronic insomniac though she was told that writing that validates bad behavior. So instead, she’ll state that she’s a chronic storyteller, who holds her MFA in film from Tisch School of the Arts, NYU. Pickles, plane crashes, face blindness, mechanical resonance, and butterfly collecting have all been subjects of her films.
From the jungles of Vietnam to the streets of Brooklyn, she is continuously inspired by the world around her, and is specifically interested in the crossroads of science and film.
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 Tokyo, 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, the documentary grant from the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts, and Sciences, and most recently the production grant from First Look Films for Topic.
When not making movies, Dara can be found writing and directing commercials, corporate and non-profit videos. Clients include Maybelline, PepsiCo, Movado, Rachel Rachel Roy, Essie & Sally Hansen.
Born and raised in Montreal, Dara currently lives in Brooklyn with her husband, her pup Zeppelin and her 5 month old baby girl Belfast who may also be an insomniac. In her alternate avatar life, Dara’s an amateur sommelier living in the country with her ten rescued dogs. Or a criminal lawyer. She’s still deciding.
Kat is extremely well spoken, funny and intelligent and would be a great subject and guest for Q&A at the festival.