Desha Dauchan is a San Francisco native who has been intrigued by the arts and particularly storytelling since childhood. She wrote her first play at the age of 10. A Howard University Alumna, she is an MFA graduate of UCLA’s Film School. While there, she was fortunate to receive the Jim Morrison Award for excellence in Directing; The Verna Fields Women in Film Award; The Multicultural Motion Picture Association’s Diversity Award; and The Wasserman Grant.
Desha’s second short film, Episodes, earned her the Best Narrative Short at The Jamerican Film Festival 2000 and The UCLA Spotlight Award 2001. Episodes was also a finalist in the HBO Short Film Competition at the Acapulco Black Film Festival 2001 and for The Director’s Guild of America Student Award 2000 (which took her to the American Pavilion at Cannes as a Kodak Emerging Filmmaker).
Her short thriller, Whispers, quickly earned acclaim as a finalist in The HBO Short Film competition at the American Black Film Festival 2002; won the 2002 IFP Gordon Parks Award/ Directing; and was an Official Selection at the Sundance Film Festival 2003. It also had a two-year run on HBO channels.
Desha’s passion for filmmaking was confirmed while shadowing her IFP Project: Involve mentor, Kasi Lemmons. She was involved in both the shoot and post-production of the film Caveman’s Valentine. Desha is dedicated to striving for continuous artistic growth and the sharing of very rich human stories.
Tribeca All Access® | 2006