Dagmawi Abebe (Dag) is an Ethiopian born-American Writer, Director, and Editor who immigrated to the United States at the age of 10 and grew up in Virginia. There, he attended the University of Virginia where he majored in Physics and minored in Film Studies. His interest is in creating films that highlight unsung heroes and forgotten communities. After serving as a Lead Editor on the Warner Brothers sponsored feature film, "SAMIR," in 2018, Dag went on to co-direct the Warner Brothers sponsored film, "Voodoo Macbeth," which went on to win Best of Fest and an Independent Spirit Award for Best Director at the 2021 Sedona International Film Festival. His most recent short film, "The Ball Method," received the 2018 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Production Grant. It stars Kiersey Clemons ("Dope"), Wallace Langham ("CSI: Crime Scene Investigation"), and Kyle Secor ("Veronica Mars). It premiered at the 2020 Pan African Film Festival and went on to win the Jury Award for Best African American Student Filmmaker at the 2020
For the past three years, Dag has been working in the film industry serving various roles in the Post-Production department across various formats. He worked at the trailer and advertising house Mob Scene Creative as an Assistant Editor before transitioning to the television world at All3Media where he worked on shows airing on the Discovery Channel, National Geographic, and Hulu. Concurrently, he also serves as the Post-Production Supervisor at
20th Century Digital Studios for the Bite Size Halloween Series streaming on Hulu.
Being from the land with 13 months of sunshine, Dag aspires to create work in his home country Ethiopia and share the countless untold stories with the rest of the world. In 2020, along with three other Ethiopian filmmakers, Dag
co-founded the non-profit organization Habesha Film Association (HFA) as a way to create a bridge between
the Horn of Africa and the global filmmaking community.
Currently, Dag splits his time between directing and editing commercials and music videos while also working towards directing his first solo feature film. He is on the Industry Experience Roster at the Motion Picture Editor's Guild of America and a graduate of the University of Southern California Film and TV Production MFA Program. Dag currently resides in Los Angeles where he is represented by David Baggelaar of GoodFear Film + Management.