Daresha Kyi


Daresha writes, produces, and directs film and television in Spanish and English. After graduating with a degree in Film & TV from NYU, she wrote, directed, and co-starred with Isaiah Washington in his screen debut in the award-winning short, "Land Where My Fathers Died." In 2011 Daresha was executive producer of Emmy-winning writer Kevin Avery’s short comedy, "Thugs The Musical" starring Margaret Cho and David Alan Grier. In 2016 she produced a satirical take off on "The Wiz" called "The Whizz" starring an all-white cast (almost) for Fusion Comedy and the web series, "How Not to Pick Up Asian Women" with Kristina Wong.

In 2017 Daresha co-directed and co-produced the feature-length documentary, Chavela with Catherine Gund which won the 2nd place Panorama Audience Award at the Berlinale, as well as numerous awards at national and international festivals.  Chavela was distributed domestically by Music Box Films, received international distribution, and is currently streaming online. Daresha also co-produced "Dispatches from Cleveland" for Aubin Pictures in 2017 and was a 2017-18 fellow in the Firelight Media Documentary Lab. 

Earlier this year Daresha was hired by the ACLU to direct a short film about transgender rights which was screened at the Alamo Drafthouse in Brooklyn and will be released online as one of a three-part series.  She is currently directing a series of mini documentaries about the Family Independence Initiative and their work empowering families to escape poverty. In addition to her film work, Daresha has produced television for FX, WE, AMC, Oxygen, E!, Telemundo, Bravo, and FUSE, among others.