Meg McLagan is a documentary filmmaker and cultural anthropologist. She is the co-director with Daria Sommers of Lioness (Center for Documentary Studies Filmmaker Award at Full Frame Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival), a Room 11 Productions film that aired 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 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 is a New York City -based 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, a portrait of Chinese artist Diana Kan, which was broadcast by PBS, BBC and CBC and premiered at the Smithsonian, and the half-hour drama Ready To Burn for which she received Panavision's New Director's Award.
Daria's work has garnered support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Sundance Documentary Fund, the Fledgling Fund, Chicken & Egg Pictures and NYSCA. She has served on the Metropolitan Museum's Program for Art on Film review panel and been an artist-in-residence at the Macdowell Colony and the Content+Intent Documentary Institute at Mass MoCA. She is currently working on Sawadika American Girl, a screenplay about Americans living in Thailand. Daria is a graduate of Oberlin College.
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