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Desha Dauchan Biography

Pasadena City College Cinema Program

Ms. Desha Dauchan – Adjunct Faculty, ddauchan1@yahoo.com
Desha Dauchan is a Howard University Alumna, and a graduate from UCLA Film School (MFA 2002 Directing) where she received the Jim Morrison Award for excellence in Directing, the Verna Fields Women in Film Award, and the Multicultural Motion Picture Association’s Diversity Award and The Wasserman Grant.
Desha’s short film, Episodes earned her the Best Narrative Short at The Jamerican Film Festival and the UCLA Spotlight Award. It was also a finalist in the HBO Short Film Competition at the Acapulco Black Film Festival, and The Directors’ Guild of America Student Award (taking her to the American Pavilion at Cannes as a Kodak Emerging Filmmaker).
Her most recent short film, Whispers, a thriller, has earned acclaim as a finalist in The HBO Short Film competition at the American Black Film Festival. It also won the IFP Gordon Parks Award/Directing and screened at the Sundance Film Festival.
Desha shadowed on both the shoot and post-production of the film Caveman’s Valentine with her IFP Project Involve mentor, Kasi Lemmons.
She most recently completed a feature length screenplay based on her short Whispers.  In 2005 Desha joined the faculty at Pasadena City College in the Visual Arts Department, teaching filmmaking.  In the fall of 2007 Desha was hired to adapt the book “Trying to Sleep In The Bed You Made” for independent producer, Tracey Kemble.   She’s currently participating in the CBS Television’s Directing Initiative program.