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Dayna Noffke is a screenwriter and director, who has brought her unique brand of storytelling, love of collaboration, enthusiasm and obsessive work ethic to Atlanta, Georgia.
Her screenwriting and directing work is informed by her wealth of experiences and a lifelong love of film. Her travels have taken her from a childhood in St. Louis to stints in New York, Boston, New Orleans and even Branson, Missouri. Along the way she picked up a degree in physical anthropology/primatology, logged time on a research project on mantled howler monkeys in Ometepe, Nicaragua, spent a few years as a high school special education teacher, and earned herself a roller derby name.
Dayna fell into filmmaking after a chance encounter brought her to the set of an indie film as an extra in 2009. Within two months, she had written and directed her first short film with a cast and crew full of friends, including Andrew Shearer of the underground movie-making factory, Gonzoriffic films. She had caught the bug and went on to direct 11 more short films between 2009 and 2017. During this time, she also worked in the set dec department of numerous films and television shows, developing the sense of design which further informs her work.
Her film catalog runs the gamut from early no-budget fare - such as the well-received 2011 film, MOUSE, which garnered positive reviews for its naturalistic acting and black humor - to recent projects such as late 2017’s Teaser, a gorgeously lush burlesque- inspired slice of period horror that is hitting the festival circuit in 2018. Her work is a reflection on our place in the world and the intersection between the beautiful and horrible, the mundane and the absurd.
Dayna’s films have been screened at numerous festivals and events around the world. Her feature and short screenplays have been chosen as official selections and finalists in screenplay competitions and showcases such as Oaxaca Film Festival, Stranger With My Face and Filmquest.
Dayna is currently in development on two horror-thriller features and an ever-changing array of short film projects. In her free time, she can be found traveling with her family, reading just about anything she can get her hands on, decorating her home, attending horror conventions and film festivals, riding roller coasters and creating new friendships all along the way.