IDA Enterprise Documentary Fund Grantee

Mama Bears

Daresha Kyi
Daresha Kyi, Laura Tatham
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Mama Bears is a feature-length documentary that explores the many ways in which the lives of conservative, Christian mothers are impacted and utterly transformed when they decide to affirm and advocate on behalf of their LGBTQ children. 

Daresha KyiDaresha Kyi, Director/Producer

Daresha Kyi writes, produces, and directs film and television in Spanish and English. In 2011 Daresha was executive producer of Emmy-winning writer Kevin Avery’s short comedy, Thugs The Musical starring Margaret Cho and David Alan Grier. In 2016 she produced a satirical take on "The Wiz" called The Whizz starring an all-white cast for Fusion Comedy and the web series, How Not to Pick Up Asian Women with Kristina Wong. In 2017 Daresha co-directed and co-produced the feature-length documentary, Chavela with Catherine Gund which won numerous festival awards, received national and international distribution and is currently streaming online. Daresha has also had a long career producing television for FX, WE, AMC, Oxygen, E!, Telemundo, Bravo, and FUSE, among others. Earlier this year she was hired by the ACLU to direct a short film about transgender rights which was screened at the Alamo Drafthouse in Brooklyn and will be released online as one of a three-part series. Most recently Daresha was hired by the Family Independence Initiative to direct a series of mini documentaries about their work empowering families to escape poverty. She was a 2017 fellow in the Firelight Media Documentary Lab.


Laura TathamLaura Tatham, Co-Producer

Since making the move to film production, Laura has worked on a number of social justice projects. She is currently co-producing Mama Bears, a feature-length documentary. She has previously served as the associate producer for two feature-length documentaries—Chavela (which had its world premiere at the 2017 Berlinale) and Dispatches from Cleveland (which partnered with Color of Change for their 2016 #Voting WhileBlack viral campaign). Laura also acted as the NYC production office manager for American Rhapsody, a series of narrative shorts. Originally hailing from the world of book publishing, Laura has spent nearly ten years in both the corporate (Simon & Schuster) and nonprofit (Feminist Press) publishing sectors, working on countless New York Times bestsellers, as well as Lambda Literary and Pulitzer Prize–winning works.