Diane lived in LA for over 17 years before moving to Chicago. While in LA, Diane had a successful marketing career at NBC and Paramount Pictures where she was last the Vice President, Marketing. Diane is currently producing multiple documentaries by the documentary powerhouse, Kartemquin Films (Hoop Dreams, Life Itself) including: Minding the Gap (directed by first-time filmmaker, Bing Liu), Left-Handed Pianist (directed by Gordon Quinn) and The Dilemma of Desire (directed by Peabody award-winning Maria Finitzo). She is also working on the marketing/outreach for Kartemquin docs: Unbroken Glass and In the Game. Cliff, Superfan! is her first documentary which started its festival run in September 2016. In early 2016, Diane joined Finitzo’s production company, FilmArts Productions. Diane received her MBA from the University of Southern California.
Emily is a San Francisco Bay Area documentary filmmaker committed to finding the poetry in the every day while provoking discussion around pressing social and environmental issues. Her works (Consider the Ant, Lady Parts, Sleepless) has been shown around the country and the globe, with screenings at Doc NYC, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Columbus International Film + Video Festival, LUNAFEST, and the Pacific Film Archive, among others. Emily has served as a filmmaker for the Southern Environmental Law Center, the Revs Program at Stanford, and the Boy Scouts of America, and as the coordinator of the Stanford Environmental Humanities Project’s annual environmental film series. In a previous life, she worked as an environmental consultant, focusing on projects in conservation, resource management, and alternative energy. She holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental policy and art/architecture from the College of William and Mary and an M.F.A in Documentary Film and Video from Stanford University. Emily is in development on her next documentary project, Ghost Town.
Katerina has been editing for 13 years on a variety of documentary formats. She got her start in television where her work included exclusive reports on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2009 she cut a 4-hour History Channel special JFK: 3 Shots That Changed America. The program relied on home movies and archive alone to retell the fateful day John F. Kennedy was shot. It went on to win several awards including the FOCAL Award for Best Use of Archive. In 2010 a similar treatment of Hurricane Katrina, Witness: Katrina, won the documentary Emmy for Outstanding Historical Program. Since then Katerina has shifted to film, including Full Body Whisper, about legendary Chicago theatre native Joyce Piven; On Pluto, a short film about Alzheimer’s directed by Steve James; Radical Grace, a look at three nuns’ social justice work; and In the Game a film that illustrates the enormous challenges facing Latina inner-city girls in their quest for higher education and, most importantly, success in life.