Dana was raised in Phoenix, Arizona and received her BA in Theater Arts at UCLA. After some years as an actress, she turned to writing, and her produced film credits include “Safe Haven,” directed by Lasse Hallstrom, “City of Angels,” starring Nicolas Cage, “For Love of the Game,” directed by Sam Raimi, “Blink,” directed by Michael Apted and “Life or Something Like It,” starring Angelina Jolie. Dana has also created and produced 37 episodes of television. She is a frequent advisor at the Sundance Labs and has mentored many acclaimed filmmakers. She also serves on the Executive Committee of the Writers Branch at the Academy.