Dagny fell in love with astronomy at a young age, growing up in rural Arkansas. While earning her PhD in Astronomy, she started making short films and decided she wanted to tell stories about everyone from hapless scientists to down-on-their-luck folks. After earning her PhD, she moved to New York City where she is a director/producer in the graduate filmmaking program at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. She is the proud recipient of the Maurice Kanbar and Leo Rosner scholarships at NYU and the National Hispanic Foundation of the Arts Scholarship.

Dagny Lauren Looper


Writer, Director, Producer, Science Consultant

Skills: Producing, FCP and AVID editor, Sound mixer


NYU Tisch School of the Arts / directing / MFA 2014

Institute for Astronomy / Astronomy / Ph.D. 2011
California Institute for Technology / Astrophysics / B.Sc. 2004

Assistant Director, Caltech, Research Science Institute, 2004

MIT, Research Science Institute Alumna, 1999

Film Credits


"Daisy, Arkansas," pre-production, Producer (Directed by Brett Wagner)

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

"The Muse", 2013, Production Coordinator (Directed by Sophie Barthes)


"Tiny Mammals" (development), Writer/Director, NYU thesis film

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

"Macbeth" (2014), Director, Short

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