“Who Does Your Hair 4” – Vega Darling (2020)
About Vega Darling
Vega Darling is an independent filmmaker, event producer, and community organizer.
Darling’s film work has been screened at film festivals and events worldwide. Alternative Press named Darling’s short film, Lost Grrrls: Riot Grrrl in Los Angeles (2016), one of “25 films that capture punk, riot grrrl, and beyond.” Dazed Digital named Lost Grrrls an “essential riot grrrl film.”
Punk rock, DIY, and community organizing built the foundation for developing Darling’s innovative films, programming and events. Darling co-founded Atlanta Riot Grrrl in the mid-’90s, curated countless punk rock shows, events, and festivals, managed the first riot grrrl/queercore band out of the American South (Pagan Holiday) and wrote numerous zines in the ’90s and early 2000s. Darling keynoted Ladyfest Los Angeles 2013. In 2016, he produced the DIY GRRRL series zine, music video compilation, and compilation album.
Darling’s film works share the intersecting themes of queerness, transness, feminism, and punk rock. He directed, produced, and edited Lost Grrrls: Riot Grrrl In Los Angeles (2016). He co-directed An Excerpt From the Forthcoming Documentary, GRRRL (2013) aka Grrrl aka GRRRL Short, a short film installation commissioned for the first major art exhibition on riot grrrl — Alien She, curated by Astria Suparak and Ceci Moss. In 2012, Darling collected first-hand data on riot grrrl via survey for 6 months. From 2013-2016, Alien She exhibited the GRRRL short as well as a world map of riot grrrl chapters (26 countries, 34 US states) that incorporated Darling’s research, alongside data collected by Astria Suparak, Ceci Moss, and Sara Marcus.
Darling art directed the film adaptation of the punk rock dystopian novel, Godspeed (2007) by legendary queercore band Tribe 8’s front-person, Lynn Breedlove. Darling also worked on Cary Cronenwett’s 2009 film Maggots and Men, a creative reimagining of the 1921 Kronstadt Rebellion, and the experimental film adaptation of Michelle Tea’s quintessential novel about the lesbian-punk scene of 1990’s San Francisco Mission District, Valencia (2013).
More recently, Darling provided music supervision and associate produced the POC, riot grrrl-queercore mockumentary film Vulveeta (expected release date late-Summer 2021). Darling is currently wrapping up production on his feature-length documentary, GRRRL: 25 Years of Riot Grrrl (expected release in early 2022). GRRRL is supported by SIMA Studios.
Beyond making movies, Darling produces events. Darling has been a community organizer and event producer since his early teens. Darling uses a consumer-focused approach to curate and produce innovative events for the public. He has worked with Atlanta Pride as the Programs and Partnerships Manager, South Georgia Pride as the Director of Sponsorships, Atlanta Trans Day of Remembrance as the Board Secretary, Newport Beach Film Festival in community partnerships and festival programming, Mondo Homo Festival as an original festival planner and event consultant, Bay Area and other Ladyfests as an organizer and consultant, Long Beach Trans Day of Remembrance as an organizer, Gender Reel Film Festivals as the Creative Director as well as event producer for festivals in Long Beach and Oakland, TransYouth Family Allies as the scheduling coordinator (and trans educator/counselor), Philadelphia Alliance for Labor Support as a collective member and doula, and the Philadelphia Trans Wellness Conference as the Programming Chair where he designed and implemented the first-of-its-kind Trans Youth and Family conference programming. Darling also consults and leads workshops on various topics around serving and navigating the LGBTQ community, DIY filmmaking, documentary film techniques, and feminism in punk rock.
Darling is an alumnus of the University of California, Irvine with a double B.A. in Psychology and Social Behavior, and Film and Media Studies. He loves pugs and punk. Vega hails from the Dirty South but calls the San Francisco Bay Area home.