Filmmaker + Provocateur

Ciara Lacy's interest lies in crafting films that challenge the creative and political status quo, featuring strong characters and in-depth investigative journalism. Her directorial debut, the feature-length documentary OUT OF STATE, premiered this June at the LA Film Festival and two weeks later won Best Documentary Feature Film at the Cayman International Film Festival. Most recently, OUT OF STATE was given the 2017 Liberty Bell Award by the Hawaii State Bar Association, Young Lawyer’s Division, which recognizes a non-lawyer, who, or organization that, has made significant efforts to promote a better understanding, appreciation, and respect of government, the legal system, and the role of law in our society.  Her first documentary short, which she shot for the Guardian Online, was also released in June and has yielded over 630,000 views and counting. She is proud to say that she was one of 16 directors who worked on the Critics Choice Award Nominated film 11/8/16, which chronicles last year's turbulent elections. 11/8/16 is being distributed by the Orchard, and after its premiere at LACMA this October the film will go to theaters and Netflix on November 3rd. As a producer, Ciara has worked on documentary content for film and television, managed independent features, and coordinated product placement and clearances for various platforms. She is now launching several digital documentary shorts as well as her next feature project titled THE NINTH ISLAND in partnership with fellow native Hawaiian filmmaker, Christen Hepuakoa Marquez.  

Last year, Ciara was honored to have been selected as the inaugural Sundance Institute Merata Mita Fellow as well a Princess Grace Awards Special Project grantee. She has also benefited from fellowships with Firelight Media's Documentary Lab, the Sundance Institute and Time Warner Foundation, the Sundance Institute’s NativeLab, Tribeca All Access, the Princess Grace Foundation, and IFP. Her work has been supported by ITVS' Open Call, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur FoundationPacific Islanders in Communicationthe Next Step Media Fund, and the Hawaii People's Fund. Ciara holds a BA from Yale University, and is a graduate of Hawaiʻi's Kamehameha Schools. Currently, she is a lecturer at the University of Hawaii West Oahu in its Academy for Creative Media.