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. The film was then given the 2017 Liberty Bell Award by the Hawaii State Bar Association, Young Lawyer’s Division.  OUT OF STATE has gone on to win Best Feature Documentary at the San Diego Asian Film Festival, a Special Jury Prize for Artistic Vision at the Portland Film Festival, and Best Made in Hawaii Feature and Audience Choice Feature at the Hawaii International Film Festival

Ciara's 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 also 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. After its premiere at LACMA this October, the film has since gone to to theaters and streaming on Netflix as distributed by The Orchard. Ciara 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.