Brasilian-American mediamaker Luisa Dantas has worked on a wide array of documentary and narrative projects at the intersection of storytelling and social justice. Her most recent work, Land of Opportunity, chronicles the reconstruction of New Orleans through the eyes of those on the front lines and asks the question: what kinds of cities do we want to (re)build in the 21st century? The multi-platform project includes an award-winning feature film and groundbreaking interactive web platform produced in conjunction with a spectrum of national and local  partners in six cities. Land of Opportunity received funding from the Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Chicken and Egg Pictures, National Black Programming Consortium and Arte.

Luisa also co-produced the acclaimed documentary, Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price, which was produced and distributed in collaboration with a diverse coalition of stakeholders, including grassroots groups,non-profits, government entities, labor unions, and small businesses.  She currently consults on impact-driven storytelling and produces media for a diverse range of clients, including the Ford  Foundation, Neighborhoods First Fund, and Surdna.

Luisa’s first fiction film, Bolo, was produced in Brazil and screened in several international festivals. She has also written for the animated series Go, Diego, Go! for Nickelodeon Television. She received a screenwriting fellowship from the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts and Disney/ABC. She also teaches screenwriting and documentary filmmaking at Tulane University. Luisa is a member-owner of New Day Films, the groundbreaking social-justice film distribution co-op. She is also a member of the Impact Producer’s Group. She received her B.A. in English and Latin American studies from Brown University and an M.F.A in Film from Columbia University.

Appearances (Selected)


New Orleans, LA. To mark the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, The Atlantic hosted an event recognizing the city’s resilience while evaluating the challenges it and other communities across the country continue to face. Luisa Dantas organized and participated in a panel discussion entitled Katrina and Sandy: What Kind of Cities Do We Want to Build? More information on the event here, and video footage from the panel here.

BRIC FLIX, Interactive Media for Social Good

Brooklyn, NY. Luisa participated in panel presentation and discussion at Brooklyn's BRIC Arts I Media House. BRIC is the leading presenter of free cultural programming in Brooklyn, and one of the largest in New York City. In this installment of the BRIC FLIX film series 'Interactive Media for Social Good', BRIC partnered with Made in NY Media Center by IFP.  The evening featured a discussion and exhibition of interactive media works featuring Luisa Dantas, as well as Shannon Carroll, creator of the audio walking tour Southside Stories, and Ram Devineni, creator of augmented reality comic book Priya’s Shakti. More information on BRIC here.

CMSI, Media that matters conference

Washington, D.C. Luisa Dantas participated in the 11th Annual Media that Matters conference in Washington D.C., hosted by the Center for Media & Social Impact, speaking on the panel "Impact Design: From Production to Measurement." More information on the annual conference here.


New Orleans, LA. Luisa Dantas screened was part of the "Aftermath" panel at the True Orleans Film Festival, presented by Shotgun Cinema. More information about the festival here.

Press (Selected)

"BK LIVE," Brooklyn independent media

TV I 2015. Luisa Dantas' 2015 appearance on talk show "BK Live" in Brooklyn, hosted by Brooklyn Independent Media. View the video here.

"Why I KEEp telling stories of recovery," Next city

Op-Ed I 2015. Luisa Dantas' op-ed for Next City, marking the 9th anniversary of Katrina. Read in full here.

new orleans public radio, WWNO/NPR

Radio I 2014. An interview with Luisa Dantas + Eve Troeh of WWNO, which was rebroadcast on NPR's "All Things Considered." Listen to a sample of the audio here.