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As Executive Vice President, Documentary Films, Diane Weyermann is responsible for Participant Media’s documentary films.
Participant's latest documentaries include the Davis Guggenheim’s Waiting for “Superman" and Lucy Walker’s Countdown to Zero”. Other projects include CASINO JACK and the United States of Money, the Oscar®-nominated Food, Inc., the Emmy-nominated Pressure Cooker, Climate of Change, Standard Operating Procedure, Chicago 10, Angels in the Dust, Jimmy Carter Man From Plains, Darfur Now and the Oscar®-winning An Inconvenient Truth.
Prior to joining Participant in October 2005, Weyermann was the Director of the Sundance Institute's Documentary Film Program. During her tenure at Sundance, she was responsible for the Sundance Documentary Fund, a program supporting documentary films dealing with contemporary human rights, social justice, civil liberties, and freedom of expression from around the world. She launched two annual documentary film labs, focusing on the creative process--one dealing with editing and storytelling, and the other with music. Diane was also part of the Sundance Film Festival programming team, where she was instrumental in creating a platform for international documentary work and responsible for programming the documentary content of the Filmmaker Lodge activities.
Weyermann’s work in the documentary and international fields extends many years prior to Sundance. She was the Director of the Open Society Institute New York's Arts and Culture Program for seven years. In addition to her work with contemporary art centers and culture programs in the Soros Foundation network, which spans over 30 countries, she launched the Soros Documentary Fund (which later became the Sundance Documentary Fund) in 1996. Since the inception of the Fund, she has been involved with the production of over 300 documentary films from around the world.
Lisa Cortés, Producer, is a veteran of both the film and music industries. Most recently she Executive Produced the film Precious. In 2010, the film won two Academy Awards (Actress in a Supporting Role) and (Adapted Screenplay), five Independent Spirit Awards and five NAACP Awards. Additional producer credits include The Woodsman, Shadowboxer and Tennessee. In late 2009, Cortés started her own production company, Cortés Films. Her prior experience producing and working closely with other filmmakers and talent has already attracted several projects now in development.
LOIS VOSSEN is the founding and Emmy Award-winning series producer of Independent Lens. In its first eight seasons, Independent Lens received 4 Emmy Awards including a Primetime Emmy, 2 Best Documentary and Outstanding Arts & Cultural Documentary Emmy awards, 6 Peabody Awards, and 2 DuPont Awards, among other honors. Previously, Vossen was Director of Broadcast, Distribution & Communications at ITVS and oversaw the launch of more than 250 films on public television. Prior to ITVS, she was Associate Managing Director of the Sundance Institute, Sundance Labs Manager, and programmed Sundance Cinematheque at the Sundance Resort. Vossen worked with director Philip Kaufman on China: Wild East (Turner Broadcasting) and has served on the jury at SXSW, DOCNZ (New Zealand Documentary Festival), Toronto International Film Festival, among others. Independent Lens titles include ENRON: THE SMARTEST GUYS IN THE ROOM, WORDPLAY, CHICAGO 10, CRIPS & BLOODS: MADE IN AMERICA, END OF THE CENTURY: THE RAMONES, HELVETICA, KING CORN, THE ORDER OF MYTHS, DIRT! THE MOVIE, GARBAGE DREAMS, YOUNG@HEART, MARWENCOL and WASTE LAND.
Michael is a social justice film producer and nonprofit consultant. He programs and produces Film Arts Forums, master classes and film studies offerings for the San Francisco Film Society and San Francisco International Film Festival. He has been involved in film, television and theater for over 18 years and has worked extensively in nonprofit business development sector- helping over 40 nonprofit organizations around the world tell their stories. Currently, he is producing the social justice documentary My Garbage My Neighborhood and is knee deep in a social media advocacy campaign to save the Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council's Recycling Center and Native Plants Nursery. He recently finished a program theory evaluation for the Haight Ashbury Child Abuse Prevention Center and guest lectures regularly at Bay Colleges and Universities.
Miranda Bailey is a Producer, Actress, and Documentary Film Director. She is a partner at Ambush Entertainment, a Los Angeles based production and finance company. Her upcoming producing projects include James Gunn’s Super and she can also be seen alongside Dane Cook and Elizabeth Mitchell in Answers To Nothing. Her past films include: The Squid and the Whale, Every Day, Wonderful World, Oh in Ohio and Against the Current. Her website: www.ambushentertainment.com
Susanne Mason’s documentary “Writ Writer” was broadcast nationally on the Emmy Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens and received the Silver Gavel Award from the American Bar Association. She has served as co-producer and associate producer on a variety of documentaries for public television broadcast and exhibition. She enjoys working with archival film, and she conducted research for two recent historical documentaries, “The Most Dangerous Man In America: Daniel Ellsberg & The Pentagon Papers” and “When I Rise,” both broadcast nationally by PBS. She is currently producing a verité documentary about prisoner reentry and reintegration.
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