MEG McLAGAN – CO-DIRECTOR/CO-PRODUCER
Meg McLagan is a documentary filmmaker and cultural anthropologist. She is the co-director and co-producer, with Daria Sommers, 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 film Tibet in Exile, co-directed with Barbara Banks, aired on public television and was screened at festivals and museums in the U.S. and Europe. She began her film career working as a producer on the highly acclaimed independent documentary Paris is Burning. McLagan’s work has been supported by the Sundance Documentary Fund, New York State Council on the Arts, the Fledgling Fund, Chicken & Egg Pictures, and National Endowment for the Humanities.
Meg graduated from Yale with a BA in English Literature, and earned a doctorate in cultural anthropology from New York University. In addition to her film work, McLagan is the co-editor of Visual Cultures of Nongovernmental Politics, forthcoming from Zone Books.
DARIA SOMMERS – CO-DIRECTOR/CO-PRODUCER
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.