About BDF

 
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The Short Story

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 Garwood, the owner of Banner Day Films, LLC.

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 offer discounts for small nonprofits with great missions.

 
 

 

Fun Facts

  • My Boston Terriers inspired my logo.

  • I binge podcasts, especially ones about true crime or ghost stories.

  • I’m working on replacing my gorram cursing habit with frakking sci-fi alternatives.

  • I'll pretty much drink anything with caffeine in it, but my favorite is a nice dirty chai. (It’s not as naughty as it sounds.)

  • I will get into knock-down, drag-out fights… about etymology.

  • I'm a huge horror and sci-fi fan.

  • I've never met a dog I didn't like.

The Long Story

 
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I've been a filmmaker for about 10 years and involved in film and theatre since I was a kid. 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. (Read: We were both theatre geeks AND horror fans!) 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 far 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 nonprofits—because the big guys shouldn’t be the only ones who get to have awesome videos!

Shoot me a message and let’s get started on YOUR video!