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Hello! You're either here because you'd like to know a little more about the person behind Banner Day Films or because you inadvertently hit the link when you spilled coffee in your lap (rest in peace, sweet coffee). Either way, I'm glad you're here! Allow me to introduce myself! I’m Tara, owner of Banner Day Films, LLC. That's me down there looking super serious with my favorite camera.

THE WORK

I'm an award-winning filmmaker with a decade of experience behind the lens (and a couple more decades in front of it!). I bring my knowledge, skill, and “can do” attitude to every shoot and thrive on working with my clients to tell their stories in creative and meaningful ways.

I specialize in working with local companies so that I can get to know the people behind them and help them craft a promotional video that will forge a connection with their customers.

I believe in supporting my community, so I also take on small non-profits with great missions as pro bono clients.

 2017 Natasha Anne Portraits

2017 Natasha Anne Portraits

THE STORY

I've been a filmmaker for about 10 years and involved in film and theatre since I was a child. I pretty much grew up on stage and in front of cameras... until I started my own theatre company with a couple of friends. For three years, I served as co-Artistic Director of Molotov Theatre Group in DC. (We were the first theatre on the East Coast, the second in the US, and the third in the world to be dedicated to reviving the Theatre du Grand Guignol!) That’s when I realized that I wanted to be involved in the entire creative process—from conception all the way through to closing night. My inner gadget geek quickly came to the fore, so I decided to take a video editing class, and immediately fell in love. My first short film, made for that class, screened at several film festivals and I never looked back!

Once I really got started in filmmaking, I realized that as much fun as it is to bring my own visions to life, I get much more personal satisfaction out of helping other people tell their stories.  I love the craft of filmmaking, but more than that I love what films can do - make us laugh and cry with people we've never met (and sometimes aren't even real), give us access to things we might never experience ourselves, and allow us to share our stories with the world. Combining this passion for learning and sharing other people’s stories with my strong inclination to root for the little guy, I started creating marketing videos for small businesses and non-profits—because the big guys shouldn’t be the only ones who get to have awesome videos!

FUN FACTS

My Boston Terriers (Arthur and Bean Peabody) inspired my logo.
I used to run a theatre company specializing in horror.
I am a big time font enthusiast. (except Comic Sans and Papyrus...)
I’m working on replacing my gorram cursing habit with frakking sci-fi alternatives.
I like my chai lattes dirty. (It’s not as naughty as it sounds.)
I will get into knock-down, drag-out fights… about etymology.

 With Voula of Blue Lace Cakes!

With Voula of Blue Lace Cakes!

STREET CRED

I hold a BFA in Musical Theatre from Jacksonville University and a Certificate in Digital Filmmaking from Boston University’s Center for Digital Imaging Arts.

My work has screened in several film festivals and been recognized by the Telly Awards and the Television Internet and Video Association PEER Awards.

I'm also a professional actor and voice over artist and a proud member of the actors' unions SAG-AFTRA and AEA.