Daria Sommers Biography

Daria Sommers is a filmmaker whose work includes both documentaries and narrative fiction. She is the co-director and co-producer, with Meg McLagan, of Lioness, which won the Center for Documentary Studies Filmmaker Award at the Full Frame Film Festival in 2008 and was broadcast nationally on the PBS series Independent Lens. Her previous films include Eastern Spirit Western World, which was broadcast by PBS, BBC and CBC and premiered at the Smithsonian, and her drama Ready To Burn, which received a Panavision’s New Director Award.

Daria began her career at PBS and her work has garnered support from the NEH, the NEA, the Sundance Documentary Fund, the Fledgling Fund, Chicken & Egg Pictures and NYSCA. She has been an artist-in-residence at the MacDowell Colony and Mass MoCA.  She recently completed Sawadika American Girl, a screenplay about Americans in Thailand during the Vietnam War. Daria is a graduate of Oberlin College.