Award-winning director Varda Bar-Kar creates uplifting work that explores what it means to be human in the most unexpected ways. Her childhood spanned a myriad of countries and cultures, gifting her with a distinct point-of-view and an eclectic embrace of humanity. It all began, on a summer's eve, when she witnessed her first epic screen kiss, a larger than life projection at a beach-side drive-in theater. Soon, Varda put her own 8mm camera to the test and began crafting. Her childhood love art gave way to her professional path as a filmmaker.
Varda is a global citizen having lived in three different continents and ten cities by the time she was 15 years old. Varda became a director after working as a Script Supervisor for maverick feature directors like Jim Jarmusch, Wayne Wang, and Carroll Ballard. She's written and directed web series, branded content & short films, including standouts "Window", "What Kind of Planet Are We On?" and "Ode to Los Angeles". Varda's feature documentary "Big Voice" chronicling a challenging year in the life of a determined high school choir director was picked up by Netflix, Amazon Prime, and aired on PBS winning a Bronze Telly Award. The Heartland Film Festival, New Filmmakers LA and the South Dakota Film Festival honored Big Voice with "Best Feature Documentary" awards.
Varda participated in Ryan Murphy's Half Foundation television directing program and has since directed an episode of Fox's hit show 9-1-1. Having dedicated much of her career to independent filmmaking, Varda is excited to be expanding into TV.
Varda has just completed "Fandango at the Wall" a feature documentary about a musical convergence on both sides of the United States/Mexico border inspired by a mystical 300-year-old musical tradition from Veracruz, Mexico called son jarocho. The documentary funded in part by the Ford Foundation & Miranda Foundation is just beginning its festival run.
Varda is a member of the Directors Guild of America. She sits on the board of New Filmmakers Los Angeles and is a member of Film Fatales and the International Documentary Association.