A renowned Filmmaker who was born on Sept 22 in 1955. This talented artist was born into an American family in St.Louis of Missouri. She worked as a chief content officer of Participant media which was a famous film and television production company.
How Did Diane Weyermann Die?
Diane Weyermann has been suffering from Lung Cancer and this deadly disease made us lose one of the talented people from the Hollywood film industry on Oct 14 in 2021. Diane chose to stay unmarried and lived all of her life with her sister Andrea Weyermann, her brother-in-law, and her three nephews till the age of 66.
Diane Weyermann Early Life
Diane Hope Weyermann her under graduation from George Washington University in the year 1977 and got a Juris Doctor degree from Saint Louis University School of Law in the year 1981. Though she worked at Legal Aid for a few years, her never-ending interest in films made her choose Columbia College, Chicago to finish her degree in Master of Fine Arts in film in 1992. Right after her degree in film, she started her career in the documentary and film industry.
She filmed a documentary “Moscow Women – Echoes of Yaroslavna” screened at Ms.Derk’s Festival in Amsterdam in the same year she finished her Master’s. After this Diane worked as director of the Open Society Institute New York’s Arts and Culture Program from 1966 and there she aimed in supporting documentaries that were concerned about human rights issues launched the Soros documentary fund and later on it was renamed Sundance Documentary Fund.
After that Diane worked as director of Sundance Institute’s Documentary Film Program and she was responsible for the Sundance Documentary Fund she always had a creative side in her and she constantly tried to be creative in her work and she launched two annual documentary film labs.
Diane Weyermann In Entertainment Industry
Diane’s best-known documentary films are Sing Me a Song, Slay the Dragon, Watson, Aquarela, The Price of Free, Far from the Tree, Human Flow, RBG, The Look of Silence, The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, The Great Invisible, which was even nominated for the Emmys and Zero Days. Her two documentary films which have won the prestigious Oscar award are CITIZENFOUR and An Inconvenient Truth. During her tenure at Participant, she worked for many films and documentaries which further on went to win and nominate for various awards. P.O.V and Food.Inc is some of her best works which won Emmy awards.
She has been posthumously awarded New York Film Critics Circle Award for supporting daring and impactful filmmaking at Sundance and Participant. Her works like P.O.V, The unknown known, The Music of Strangers, etc received four Emmy Award Nominations. At San Sebastian International Film Festival her work An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power won a Greenpeace- Lurra Award in 2017. Also, documentaries for which she worked as executive producer and producer have been nominated for several awards including International Documentary Association Award, Primetime Emmy Award, Film Independent Spirit Award, Gotham Independent Film Award, and many more.
More About Diane Weyermann
Completing her law degree made her more concerned about human rights and social issues and her experience in working as a public interest lawyer added an impact on changing her perspective. Former Vice President Al Gore, at the Sundance Film Festival, told that It won’t be any exaggeration to say that Diane has changed the world with her documentaries. He also stated that Diane was one of the most remarkable human beings he had ever known.
Jeff Skoll, founder of Participant told that Diane build an incredible slate of films that have shown a difference in everything like nuclear weapons, education, environment, and many more. She was the heart and soul of the Participant. It was Diane Weyermann’s job for finding, fund, and promote documentaries from all over the world and she was always on wheels to do so.
Diane Weyermann was never used to direct preaching, educating, or lecturing people about social issues, always made films with a motto to tell a story beautifully and poetically, educating people about the issue to be addressed not in an obvious way.