Dena Hysell is restlessly creative, working across mediums depending on the direction the story takes her as a writer, director, photographer, producer, and multimedia artist. Her work has been recognized with top honors at multiple festivals (Toronto, Seattle, Indiana, NYFF), and acquired by major distributors.
After beginning her career at Gold Circle Films (MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING, WHITE NOISE), she decided to jump to a position that combined her creative and production skills. She moved on to run Just Singer Entertainment (principles Sheri Singer and Steve White) In this capacity, she sourced and brought from concept to completion movies for Disney's specific mandate including such projects as HALLOWEENTOWN 1-3, READ IT AND WEEP, COW BELLES, GO FIGURE, and NOW YOU SEE IT. In addition, she worked on the SoapNet's flagship series ONE MINUTE SOAPS. She then ran the feature side of Slate of Eight, LLC (principle Alan Jacobs; AMERICAN GUN, NINA TAKES A LOVER), where she developed a dozen viable film projects in budget ranges from 3 million to 80 million. Her feature project DOWN FOR LIFE, starring Danny Glover and Snoop Dogg, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2009. She produced A LITTLE HELP, Michael J. Weithorn’s (KING OF QUEENS, NED & STACEY) feature directorial debut starring Jenna Fischer and Chris O’Donnell, which released theatrically in July 2011 to rave reviews in the LA Times, NY Times, and received 3.5 out of 4 stars by Roger Ebert.
- Board of Directors, Stanford in Entertainment 2006-2009, 2011-2014
- Board of Directors, Mobile Film Classroom 2011-2015
- Aspen Institute, Stanton Scholar 2009
- Royal Film Commission - Jordan, Creative Consultant 2016-2017
- Talented New Director Award, Madrid - Finalist 2014