Dahlia Waingort founded Sunset Pictures, with partner Martin Guigui in 2006. Dahlia is the Chief Operating Officer and Executive in Charge of Production for Sunset. She has produced 7 feature films and has been on the production and post production team of over a dozen other film projects. Her extensive experience working with the Film Unions, Teamsters, Guilds, Post Houses and Talent Agencies have earned her great respect in the Industry. Born in Miami, Dahlia graduated from New World School of the Arts and attended England’s Oxford School of Drama.
Growing up Dahlia’s mother, a international fashion designer, exposed her to all aspects of running a business. Having run several highly successful apparel companies, dealing with all aspects of manufacturing, production, accountable, receivables and celebrity clients all over the world, she seamlessly made the transition into the movie business.
For Sunset, Dahlia is currently prepping the feature films “Sweetwater,” (James Caan, Wood Harris, Nathan Lane, Ludacris) about the 1st African American to play in the NBA, “Pablo,” the story of the infamous Columbian drug lord Pablo Escobar starring John Leguizamo, “Nine Eleven,” about five individuals trapped in an elevator in the World Trade Center on 9/11, and in post on the inspired documentary “Birth of Innocence,” narrated by world-renowned spiritual guru Don Miguel Ruiz.
She has been member of the Screen Actors Guild since 1996 and a founding member along with Jimmy Smits, Sonia Braga and Esai Morales of the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts.
Dahlia’s first venture into Producing was the passion project “Changing Hearts” (starring Faye Dunaway, Tom Skerritt, Lauren Holly) in which she secured financing, Co-Produced and also had a supporting role opposite Lauren Holly. She starred in and Co-Produced the feature “Swing” (Jacqueline Bisset, Jonathan Winters, Innis Casey, Tom Skerritt, Mindy Cohn, Nell Carter) as well as Executive Produced National Lampoon’s “Cattle Call” (Thomas Ian Nicholas, Chelsea Handler) for Lions Gate Pictures. Dahlia Produced and Co-Starred in the cult film “Benny Bliss & The Disciples of Greatness” (Courtney Gains) and the feature film “Born to Ride” (William Forsythe, Casper Van Dien, Patrick Muldoon, Theresa Russell).
Most recently, Dahlia Produced the feature film “LaMotta: The Bronx Bull” starring Joe Mantegna, Paul Sorvino, William Forsythe, Tom Sizemore, Natasha Henstridge, Penelope Ann Miller being released Summer 2015, as well as the upcoming documentary “Newman,” the story of legendary American a-social backwoods inventor Joe Newman and his 35 year battle with the US Patent office over an invention that could mean an end to the need for oil, gas and nuclear dependency as we know it.
As an actress Dahlia has caressed stages with memorable performances from London’s National Theatre production of Twelfth Night to the John Anson Ford Theatre’s production of Much Ado About Nothing in Los Angeles. She has worked with such legendary artists as Richard Attenborough and Arthur Miller. Known for her starring role alongside Ann-Margaret and Sonia Braga as a series regular on the CBS drama series Four Corners and Felicity, Dahlia went on to work with Burt Reynolds in “Hard Time”, Dennis Quaid in “Beneath the Darkness”, Amy Adams and Jason Segel in “The Muppets” and had a recurring role on HBO’s True Blood. Dahlia goes back to the stage anytime she can – most recently she performed at the Santa Monica Playhouse in “Plays in the Park” along with Esai Morales, Mark Rydell, Ed Asner, and George Segal.