Ciara Lacy

Ciara Lacy, a Firelight Media Documentary Lab alum, is a Native Hawaiian filmmaker whose interest lies in crafting films that use strong characters and investigative journalism to challenge the creative and political status quo. She has directed content for film and television, managed independent features, as well as coordinated product placement and clearances for various platforms. Her work has screened at festivals around the world as well as shown on networks including Netflix, PBS, ABC, and Al Jazeera.

In the digital space, Ciara has created content for notable outlets like The Guardian and The Atlantic online. Ciara is honored to be the inaugural Sundance Institute Merata Mita Fellow as well as part of the inaugural class of NATIVe Fellows at the European Film Market. She has also benefited from fellowships with the Sundance Institute and Time Warner Foundation, Firelight Media’s Documentary Lab, the Sundance Institute’s NativeLab, Tribeca All Access, the Princess Grace Foundation, the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, and the Independent Film Project (IFP).

Ciara holds a BA in Psychology from Yale University and has given talks at academic institutions across the U.S. She continues to work on documentary projects while expanding her intimate style of filmmaking into the branded content, commercial, and narrative spaces.


Out of State
Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio: This Is the Way We Rise

Program Affiliations

Documentary Lab

Cohort Years

2014-2015 (Documentary Lab)




Documentary Lab
In the Making

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