Varda Bar-Kar


Santa Monica, CA, USA


Award-winning director and world traveler Varda Bar-Kar had lived on three different continents by the time she was 10 years old. Her international lifestyle provides her with a uniquely global and expansive perspective. Varda entered film production as a feature film script supervisor for maverick directors like Jim Jarmusch, Wayne Wang, and Carroll Ballard. She developed her directing voice creating cause-driven viral videos that amassed tens of millions of views; short films garnering awards at major film festivals; and web series. Now Varda explores the breadth of the human condition directing feature projects and episodic television. Her work has aired on Fox, Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, PBS, Sky, and the Documentary Channel among others. Her feature documentary Big Voice chronicling a challenging year in the life of a determined high school choir director won “Best U.S. Premiere” at the Heartland Film Festival, “Best Documentary” at New Filmmakers Los Angeles, and was picked up by Netflix. Varda was selected to participate in Ryan Murphy’s Half Foundation Diversity Program, then hired to direct the hit FOX TV show 9-1-1. Varda is currently directing a new documentary, Fandango at the Wall, which tells the story of an unprecedented musical convergence at the border between the United States and Mexico weaving together the powerful stories of Veracruz’s masters of son jarocho, a mystical form of folk music, with an album recording at the border spearheaded by Arturo O’Farrill of the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra. Affiliations: DGA Member, Co-Chair New Filmmakers Los Angeles Board, Film Fatales, International Documentary Association, Alliance of Women Directors