Hey, I'm Dafna!

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

I pride myself with an innate skill for identifying talented scholars and creative individuals who are great innovators and collaborators. The team is everything. Partnering with change-makers and production teams in over 30 countries, for the last 15 years I have focused my documentary and online initiatives in cultural preservation, justice and women's rights arenas. Our First feature Documentary, Digital Dharma: One Man’s Mission to Save A Culture, was Oscar qualified in 2012 and is still playing around the world. The Great Flip-Off  was just completed and released by Gravitas Pictures. This feature doc  is about the last of the great bareback riders–– the original act of the modern circus. The Great Flip-Off raised its post funding right here on Seed and Spark as a part of the first Greenlight Project Challenge! I am about to direct my first scripted feature, Relative Control, so stay tuned.By day I am Chief Creative Officer at Lunchbox Communications, a woman's owned digital media firm. For over 25 years I have written, produced and directed award-winning television, films, national spots, educational programs and multimedia campaigns. My projects have aired on CBS, ABC, NBCUniversal, Discovery, History, and SyFy. I have been instrumental in creating lasting series formats for both cable and syndication as well as launching engaging cross-platform initiatives for both NGO and brand clients. I hope someday somebody pays me for all this s#@t… Of course, so I can continue to make more films.  Please feel free to connect with me on FB.  I am a part of many women in film orgs and love to help ou.  https://www.facebook.com/dafna.yachin

My Projects

Projects I'm Supporting

Scratch This

New York City, New York Series
Action, Comedy

Featuring three self-centered sisters who make a futile attempt to overcome their sibling rivalry resulting in riotous physical comedy.

106%

This project got the green light!

Cowboy Poetry

Elko, Nevada Film Short
Documentary, Western

A short film about the 2017 National Cowboy Poetry gathering that observes cowboy musicians and poets both on and off the stage

114%

This project got the green light!

Devoti Tutti

Catania, Province of Catania Film Feature
Documentary

Saint Agatha of Catania was killed for resisting the advances of a Roman governor. Her story has always been told by men — until now.

135%

This project got the green light!

Pin Up! The Movie

Boulder, Colorado Film Feature
Documentary, Transmedia

Dangerous. Sexy. All American Girl.

101%

This project got the green light!

Jerry the Peddler

New York City, New York Film Feature
Documentary

Experience the squatting scene on New York City's Lower East Side through the life of its most colorful organizer.

100%

This project got the green light!

Rez Comedy

Red Lake, Beltrami County Film Feature
Documentary

Two Native American Comedians from different reservations head West to break into the comedy mainstream. Soundtrack by Charlie Parr.

100%

This project got the green light!

Shadows of the Valley

El Paso, Texas Film Feature
Documentary

When cartel wars erupt in the Valley of Juarez, a man must risk his life to rescue orphans hiding in the shadows of the Valley of Death.

145%

This project got the green light!

Building the American Dream

Austin, Texas Film Feature
Documentary

In the deadliest state for construction, undocumented workers fight for reform of the Texas industry while under the threat of deportation.

93%

This project got the green light!

A punk Daydream

Los Angeles, California Film Feature
Documentary

Indonesia has one of the biggest punk scenes in the world, amidst poverty, pollution and oppression.

101%

This project got the green light!

A Horse of a Different Color

New Orleans, Louisiana Film Feature
Documentary

The journey I took into the world of a physically disabled blind man struggling to be normal in an able bodied abnormal world.

101%

This project got the green light!

Time Well Spent

Kailua-Kona, Hawaii County Film Feature
Documentary, Sport

A story of four boys who go on the surf trip of a lifetime to discover their worth, and that your past does not define your future.

101%

This project got the green light!

Thich Nhat Hanh 2016 Movie Distribution Tour

West Orange, New Jersey Series
Documentary, Animation

June Film Festival & Aug 2016 Theatrical Launch of (2) Thich Nhat Hanh Movies “Planting Seeds of Mindfulness” & ”The 5 Powers”

100%

This project got the green light!

The Great Flip-Off

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Film Feature
Documentary, History

Facing extinction, the last extreme circus bareback riders unite for one final, death-defying performance.

128%

This project got the green light!

Risking Light

Saint Paul, Minnesota Film Feature
Documentary

A mother embraces her child’s killer. A torture survivor ponders revenge. What is harder, or more crucial, than forgiving the unforgivable?

100%

This project got the green light!

Don't Talk About the Baby

Washington, District of Columbia Film Feature
Documentary

There shouldn't be a stigma surrounding miscarriage, stillbirth or infertility. This has happened to someone you know--Let's talk about it.

95%

This project got the green light!

The Ties That Bind

Chapel Hill, Orange County Film Feature
Documentary, LGBTQ

When the youngest sibling unexpectedly “gets real”, an uneasy yet courageous journey of transformation ensues for a Southern family.

103%

This project got the green light!

The Hard Way

Missoula, Montana Film Short
Documentary

An inspiring story about an 89-year-old trail runner who does things the hard way to maintain purpose, momentum and vitality.

103%

This project got the green light!

Hearts of Glass

Jackson, Wyoming Film Feature
Documentary

The first year in the life of an innovative vertical greenhouse in Jackson, Wyoming that employs community members with disabilities.

111%

This project got the green light!

Behind Closed Doors: Dana's Story

Dallas, Texas Film Short
Drama

Based on a true story, a 12 year old is thrust into the world of domestic human trafficking. Incredibly, her mother brokers the deal.

94%

This project got the green light!

ANTI-POACHING: Coastal Mozambique

Mozambique, Mozambique Film Feature
Documentary

Anti-Poaching: Successful Tactics and Strategies.

100%

This project got the green light!

Love, Hate, Church & State

Nashville, Tennessee Film Feature
Documentary, LGBTQ

Evangelicals rise against LGBT in TN, where politics are preached from the pulpit & both sides fight to define "liberty & justice for all."

133%

This project got the green light!

Rideout: One Last Summit

Chiang Mai, Roi Et Film Feature
Documentary

The story of a man leaving home to go home.

100%

This project got the green light!

A Queen For The People

New York City, New York Film Feature
Documentary, LGBTQ

Bob the Drag Queen's career is on the rise. Where the hell she off to next?

104%

This project got the green light!

Camp Reel Stories

Oakland, California Company
Teen

Camp Reel Stories believes that when women and girls are better represented behind the scenes they will be better reflected on the screen.

101%

This project got the green light!

Inner U Diagnosed?

Bethany, Connecticut Film Feature
Documentary

IUD horror stories flood social media with side-effect forums and self-removal videos raising concerns about the device's actual safety.

84%

This project got the green light!

Hoops Africa

Chapel Hill, Orange County Film Short
Sport, Documentary

The story of how NBA legends and young players alike are transcending continents and basketball courts with the spirit of Ubuntu.

110%

This project got the green light!

The Meeting

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Drama, Fantasy

A troubled potential high school shooter meets with her Principal one final time.

113%

This project got the green light!

Ordinary Women

San Francisco, California Series
Animation, History

Feminist Frequency's new video series about defying stereotypes, challenging the status quo, and being extraordinary.

103%

This project got the green light!

Spirit of Tivaevae

Garden Grove, California Film Feature
Documentary

The search for a missing piece of cultural identity takes one woman on a journey to the Cook Islands.

115%

This project got the green light!

Auld Lang Syne

Los Angeles, California Film Feature
Comedy, Drama

An annual New Year’s Eve party becomes occasion for disaster as three couples' lives unravel spectacularly over the course of the evening.

80%

This project got the green light!

"Slut: A Documentary Film"

California, United States
Documentary

Sharing personal stories to explore how we can work toward a world that embraces female sexuality and supports victims of sexual assault.

103%

This project got the green light!

Olympic Pride, American Prejudice

Atlanta, Georgia Film Feature
Documentary

In 1936 when 18 Black athletes participated in the Berlin Olympic Games, history forgot all except one. This is the story of the other 17.

80%

This project got the green light!

Blackwell Summers Mysteries

New York City, New York Series
Action, Mystery

Ladies of Blackwell Summers Detective Agency puts suckas to shame and take them lames out the game!!

100%

This project got the green light!

Cross

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Drama, Film-Noir

A young Filipino backyard boxer enters a Mexican fight ring in the San Fernando Valley.

100%

This project got the green light!

No Le Digas a Nadie (Don't Tell Anyone)

Brooklyn, New York Film Feature
Documentary

An undocumented youth fights for herself, her mother and her community to come out of the shadows.

81%

This project got the green light!

Homemade

Atlanta, Georgia
Documentary

81%

This project got the green light!

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