Dana Elizabeth Verde
Dana Elizabeth Verde started her entertainment career while she was an undergraduate at the New School University (NSU) pursuing her degree in Media Studies/Screenwriting. Entering the Sundance Screenwriters Lab, her first full length feature script “The Only Black Girl” made the final round in the competition. She completed her degree at NSU and became a script reader for Maisha Film Lab (founded by filmmaker Mira Nair) and co-hosted a TV show on MTV called “Your Movie Show” as a film reviewer.
Wanting to further knowledge of her craft, Verde attended the London Film School (LFS), London UK. After receiving her MA in Filmmaking in 2008, Verde returned to New York to work as an independent filmmaker. Her short film “Lock & Key” was a major success in 2012, screening at 10 film festivals internationally and winning a best short subject award at the North Carolina Black Film Festival.
In 2014, Verde wrote, produced and directed her first feature film “Grand Gesture” on a shoestring budget of 10k. The film was shot in three cities New York, Los Angeles and Las Vegas and was nominated for best feature film at the Martha’s Vineyard African American film festival.
Dana wrote the screenplay for the 2016 hit, “The Perfect Match” (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4871980/) staring Paula Patton, Terrence Jenkins and Cassie Ventura. The film was produced by Queen Latifah’s production company Flavor Unit and is now in theatres.
Verde indicates that “As a filmmaker I enjoy creating narratives from a cross cultural prospective and incorporate my Caribbean heritage into the world of cinematic storytelling”.
Dana is of Cuban and Jamaican heritage.