“There is no doubt fiction makes a better job of the truth.” – Doris Lessing
Dandee Films was formed as an outlet to produce work focused on our shared human experiences, mainly the funny ones. Often with a female perspective and always with an attempt to push boundaries, our storytelling is rooted in themes of empowerment, ambition and a loss of innocence. But what we love most of all is to make people laugh. Laugh about love and relationships, life and death, sex and drugs and rock n’ roll.
Clearly leaning towards more comedic content, we love to explore the entire range of styles, from real-life situational comedy to broad and raunchy. Strongly influenced by improv and sketch, we embrace collaborations with the funniest and brightest talents in the industry. Always looking for comedy in both the everyday and in more edgy, taboo topics, our goal is to create the world’s most hilarious, poignant and timeless social commentary. We aim high.
From short-form to features, web to tv, to however we’re enjoying our entertainment in the future, Dandee Films will strive to make you think, to make you cry and to make you laugh your fucking ass off.
Meet the Founder
Deena Adar graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Political Science and then decided to pursue comedy. Naturally. After teaching and performing improv throughout the Bay Area, Deena moved to Los Angeles and began her writing career at The Comedy Store and The Improv, where she honed her stand-up act. She sharpened her sketch comedy writing skills at The Groundlings, Improv Olympic, and LA Connection, which led to a position as a regular contributor for Current TV’s Rotten Tomatoes Show.
Adar parlayed her viral past (DO NOT google “Miriam & Shoshana”) into award-winning commercials for companies including Miracle Whip, PepsiCo-Aquafina, TMZ, and al fresco. The comedy pilot, Thirty*ish*, which Adar co-wrote/directed/produced, made its World Premiere in 2013 at NewFilmmakers Film Festival in Los Angeles and won Best TV Pilot at the Mexico International Film Festival.
Her most recent short film, How to Survive a Breakup, is currently available on Amazon and streaming online on Condé Nast’s The Scene. The short won the Audience Award at its premiere at the 2015 LA ComedyFest, and screened to sold-out crowds at the 2016 Santa Barbara and Sedona International Film Festivals. Its debut at the Palm Springs International ShortFest led to an international distribution deal with MagnetFilm and partnerships with Tribeca Films and United Airlines.
In 2016, Adar directed, executive produced and co-wrote the web series, Cannabis Moms Club, which was lauded by NPR as one of “The Best Web Series on the Internet”. Vanity Fair compared its “hilarious”, “insular, stylized absurdity” to an Elaine May monologue and Culture Magazine wrote, “People will fall in love with this series…each episode is legitimately laugh out loud funny”.
Adar’s most recent executive producing and directing credits include comedic web series for Hearst, Cosmopolitan and the American Heart Association. Her digital series for Women in Film premiered at the 2017 Crystal + Lucy Awards. The pilot that Deena directed and executive produced, Baby Love, made its world premiere at SXSW in March of 2019. Deena is currently in development on her feature directorial debut, Nuked.