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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 last feature Documentary, Digital Dharma: One Man’s Mission to Save A Culture, was Oscar qualified in 2012 and is still playing around the world.  Whatever Happened to Tyrell Biggs and The Great Flip-Off are two docs beginning their postproduciton phase, due for completion in 2017.   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 docs.  If there are any women on here that are Directors, Creative Directors or Producers, please connect with me on FB to join our secret FB Page to help promote women in film.  We currently have over 1400 women in the field posting opportunities for women in production.  https://www.facebook.com/dafna.yachin

My Projects

Projects I'm Supporting

Cowboy Poetry

Elko • Documentary, Western

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


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Devoti Tutti

Catania • 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.


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Pin Up! The Movie

Boulder • Documentary, Transmedia

Dangerous. Sexy. All American Girl.


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Jerry the Peddler

New York • Documentary

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


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Rez Comedy

Red Lake • Documentary

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


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Shadows of the Valley

El Paso • 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.


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Building the American Dream

Austin • Documentary

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


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A punk Daydream

Los Angeles • Documentary

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


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A Horse of a Different Color

New Orleans • Documentary

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


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Time Well Spent

Kailua-Kona • 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.


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Thich Nhat Hanh 2016 Movie Distribution Tour

West Orange • Documentary, Animation

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


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The Great Flip-Off

Philadelphia • Documentary, History

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


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Risking Light

Saint Paul • Documentary

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


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Don't Talk About the Baby

Washington • Documentary

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


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The Ties That Bind

Chapel Hill • Documentary, LGBTQ

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


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The Hard Way

Missoula • Documentary

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


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Hearts of Glass

Jackson • Documentary

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


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Behind Closed Doors: Dana's Story

Dallas • 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.


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ANTI-POACHING: Coastal Mozambique

Mozambique • Documentary

Anti-Poaching: Successful Tactics and Strategies.


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Love, Hate, Church & State

Nashville • Documentary, LGBTQ

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


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Rideout: One Last Summit

Chiang Mai • Documentary

The story of a man leaving home to go home.


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A Queen For The People

New York • Documentary, LGBTQ

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


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Camp Reel Stories

Oakland • Teen

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


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Inner U Diagnosed?

Bethany • Documentary

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


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Hoops Africa

Chapel Hill • Sport, Documentary

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


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The Meeting

Los Angeles • Drama, Fantasy

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


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Ordinary Women

San Francisco • Animation, History

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


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Spirit of Tivaevae

Garden Grove • Documentary

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


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Auld Lang Syne

Los Angeles • 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.


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"Slut: A Documentary Film"

• Documentary

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


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Olympic Pride, American Prejudice

Atlanta • 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.


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Blackwell Summers Mysteries

New York • Action, Mystery

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


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Cross

Los Angeles • Drama, Film-Noir

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


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

Brooklyn • Documentary

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


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Homemade

Atlanta • Documentary


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