Dakota Lupo is a filmmaker, educator, and activist. He uses storytelling as an empathetic bridge between people, issues, and organizations. He is the founder of Friendly Wolf, a Los Angeles based development and production company working in film, tv, digital, and documentary. With each project working as part of a platform to affect dialogue and develop public policy, Dakota has built joint initiatives and ancillary programs with nonprofits, NGOs, governmental agencies, as well as some of the world's leading human rights and peace & justice organizations. Recent work has explored girls' education in rural Kenya, refugee integration into Europe, East African financial tech, 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, as well as a stand up and improv comic. He is a graduate of Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, earning a BFA in Film and Television with a focus on human rights and public policy through the arts. As a teacher and executive director, Dakota has lead regular film and acting programs in Los Angeles and around the world. 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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