Dakota Lupo is a filmmaker, edcuator, and activist. He is the founder of Friendly Wolf, a Los Angeles based development and production company working in film, tv, and documentary. He uses storytelling as an empathetic bridge between people, organizations, issues, and policy. He has built joint initiatives and ancillary programs with NGOs, NPOs, brands, governmental agencies, as well as having worked together with some of the world's leading human rights and peace & justice organizations. Each project works as part of an ongoing platform, aiming to affect dialogue and help develop public policy. Some current and recent projects have explored the challenges of girls' education in rural Kenya, refugee integration in Europe, financial technologies in east Africa, UN entitlements, marijuana legalization, and the black market organ trade.
The son of a choreographer and a magician, Dakota began performing a very young age and has continued as an actor and a stand up and improv comic. He is a graduate of Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, earning a BFA in Film and Television with a focus on human rights and public policy through the arts. As a teacher, director, and program developer, Dakota has lead many youth film and acting camps and workshops in Los Angeles and around the globe. As a decade long yoga instructor, Dakota has taught tens of thousands of students, leading teacher trainings, specialized workshops, and developing curricula in yoga and meditation.
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