Dana White is an award-winning filmmaker. White's work and inspirations gravitate to the areas of loss, grief, PTSD, trauma, aging, and the female voice. The “Quiet Voices” of the world, the stories not easily told.
Her films have played at festivals around the world. Her feature film, In the Orchard, is a story that opens a conversation about grief and loss. It won Best film at the 2018 Sonoma International Film Festival and went on to screen at numerous festivals around the country.
Her film Turning Blue premiered at the 2021 Cleveland International Festival and went on the screen internationally. Turning Blue sheds light on the difficult subjects of death, transition, and caregiving.
Her film, Involuntary seeks to bring awareness to the systemic ageism that permeates our country and culture.
Involuntary is the first short film in a collection of narrative shorts which explores themes of moral responsibility through the lens of our treatment of older adults. All of the film's storylines center around elder abuse, elder care, and the egregious, ongoing practice of patient dumping (the "dumping" of vulnerable older adults to homeless shelters, bus stops and sometimes the street from hospitals and nursing homes).
The second film, Dump, is about a Somalian ride-share driver who takes a Cambodian Woman back to her nursing home but they have given up her bed. The driver must figure out what to do next. Currently in post-production, the film stars Academy Award nominated actor Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips).
Dana has an MFA in Creative Writing for the Performing Arts from the University of California, Riverside. She attended LAMDA where she studied Classical Theater and has a BFA from The Boston Conservatory. Currently she is an Assistant Professor at Kent State University where she teaches film and screenwriting.
She founded and advises the Female Filmmakers Initiative at Kent State.
“We have nothing without our voices and as female artists, it is imperative that our voices matter in the world. The Female Filmmakers Initiative seeks to empower the voices and creative spirits of women around the world.”
Dana founded, For the Ages, a community of Writers, Filmmakers, and Scholars who believe in the importance and contributions of our elders to our society. It is our elders who have helped to shape and form our present and future.
Dana was awarded Best Writer of a Drama for the NYWIFT Online Shorts Festival presented by iWomanTV