Dagny fell in love with astronomy at a young age, growing up in rural Arkansas and moved to California where she earned her BSc in Astrophysics at Caltech. She went on to get her PhD in astronomy in Hawai'i, where she started making short films and decided she wanted to tell stories about everyone from hapless scientists to down-on-their-luck folks. In 2011, she moved to NYC where she recently completed her MFA in filmmaking from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. At NYU, she received the Maurice Kanbar and Leo Rosner scholarships, the National Hispanic Foundation of the Arts Scholarship, and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association award for her thesis film, Tiny Mammals.

Dagny currently lives in Los Angeles where she works on the AMC TV show Strange Angel, about Caltech rocket scientists in the 1930s. Executive produced by Mark Heyman, Dave DiGilio and Ridley Scott.


Dagny is the co-founder of IndieLoop, a web platform that helps filmmakers connect and create. IndieLoop is about to launch its Beta version in NYC. She is a 2015-2016 Cinema Research Institute grantee, an IFP Made in NY Media Fellow and an alumna of the NYU Leslie e-labs Summer Launchpad Accelerator:

Dagny Lauren Atencio Looper


Writer, Director, Science Consultant, Entrepreneur


NYU Tisch School of the Arts / directing / MFA 2016

Institute for Astronomy / Astronomy / Ph.D. 2011
California Institute for Technology / Astrophysics / B.Sc. 2004
UCL / Astrophysics / exchange program, 2003

Caltech, Assistant Director of the Research Science Institute, 2004
MIT, Research Science Institute Alumna, 1999

Film Credits


Singularity (development), Writer/Director, Narrative Feature

Oil and Water (production), Writer/Director, Documentary Feature

Tiny Mammals (post-production), Writer/Director, NYU thesis film

The Lipstick Stain (2013), Writer/Director, NYU short film


Brass Knuckle Ballad, post-production, Producer (Directed by Thomas Takemoto Chock, AFI)

The Muse, 2013, Production Coordinator (Directed by Sophie Barthes, an ARTE production)