Mini MUFF Profile: Dara Jade Moats

Mini MUFF Profile: Dara Jade Moats

 film still from  The Makeover

film still from The Makeover

Mini MUFF Profile: Dara Jade Moats
Film: The Makeover

This month MUFF is doing something a little different with mini MUFF. Not only do we have SIX short films to show you, but we’ve also expanded our usual local fare to include selections from every corner of Canada! Teaming up with Etheria Film Night for this event, we used our combined programming expertise to find the darkest, creepiest, and bloodiest in Canadian women-directed horror.

Fourth up: The Makeover is blood splattered horror-comedy that knows relationships can be messy. Sometimes a new coat of paint is all that's needed to fix it.

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The Makeover has screened at the Fantasia International Film Festival, Blood In The Snow Canadian Film Festival, and Atlanta Horror Festival, where it won Best Short Film.

Filmmaker Dara Jade Moats lives and loves in Montreal. Before making her directorial debut with The Makeover, she previously wrote and produced the short film Adventure Girls III, which won the Best Blood Bath award at the Viscera Film Festival in Vancouver, Canada.

Get to know more about Dara Jade Moats and her short film The Makeover!

TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF AND HOW YOU GOT INVOLVED WITH FILMMAKING.

Dara Jade Moats: I got my start in film, television, and new media as a graphic designer in Nairobi, Kenya. I have worked in reality television, a new media centre for women artists, and as an Associate Producer at the National Film Board of Canada. Right now, I work at the Fantasia International Film Festival.  

CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT SOME/ALL OF THE OTHER AMAZING WOMEN IN FILM WHO WORKED ON THIS SHORT?

DJM: Amy Torok- Editor: former front woman of The Mongrels, music producer, music video director, visual artist, and photographer

 film still from  The Makeover

film still from The Makeover

WHO ARE YOUR FAVOURITE WOMEN WORKING IN THE FILM INDUSTRY?

DJM: Mary Harron, Holly Hunter, Gillian Anderson, Debra Granik, Sofia Coppola, Jane Campion, Rebecca Miller, Tami Reiker, Veena Sud, Britt Marling, Zoe Kazan.

WHO IS THE BEST/SUPERIOR BATMAN?

DJM: Adam West

WHAT'S YOUR GO-TO JAM?

DJM: All of Stevie Wonder's Innervisions

 film still from  The Makeover

film still from The Makeover

WHAT MALE MOVIE/TV CHARACTER ARE YOU DREAMING WOULD GET A GENDER-SWAP?

DJM: It was all of the Ghostbusters, but that came true! <3

RECOMMEND ONE #MUFFAPPROVED FILM FOR OUR BLOG READERS:

DJM: The Invitation (dir. Karyn Kusama)


Follow Dara on Twitter.


The mini MUFF Society is our short film program. We aim to screen at least one local short film at each of our monthly events. You know, because we have a lot of amazing female talent in Toronto and we want to celebrate it! Learn more here! Read past mini MUFF profiles here!

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