Diana Devlin – Producer / Director
Diana is a producer/director/writer who plied her craft in NYC for many years before turning to a producing job in industry for the last fifteen years. She produced and wrote, Dreams & Wishes, 16mm, a documentary about verbal and nonverbal communication in the Brazilian Amazon; produced Amazon Gold for ABC TV; helmed Peru’s Shining Path, 16mm, which was distributed throughout Europe and toured the US with Best of Festival (Latin American Film Fest),directed and produced, Chesterwood, about sculptor Daniel French and the Guggenheim’s sculptor-in-residence program; produced and wrote a series of short docs on designers (Perry Ellis, Edith Head, Jean Muir); was six years on the Board of the NY Film/Video Council where she created the Short Doc Fest at MOMA; was a NYFA Artist-in-Residence and guest lectured at Manhattanville College creating a Social Justice Film Festival with inaugural guests Ron Howard and Christine Choy. She has returned to documentary making to pursue her passion creating non-fiction films that illuminate the important under-examined issues for women in our times. Photo credit: Scrivo Studios
Grace Zinnel, Producer/Director began her career at Checkerboard Film working on more than 10 documentaries about American artists, most notably Inventing Cornell Tech: The Vision and Jeff Koons: The Whitney Retrospective. She edited Carrie Mae Weems: Speaking of Art, and excerpts from their film on Joel Shapiro which screened at MoMA. In 2010, she co-founded Hear The Hungry and spearheaded Hear The Hungry Productions collecting more than 100 stories from homeless men and women in New York City. In 2017, Zinnel worked with Academy Award nominee Susan Kaplan and Cara McCaffrey on a podcast about a group of women fighting an environmental disaster in their city. Zinnel also worked as a Production coordinator on independent feature films in New York and Los Angeles, most notably: Rapid Eye Movement, Church People, and Bollywood films Half Girlfriend and Welcome to New York. She Coordinated for the Investigation Discovery series Hometown Homicide and Primal Instinct, and the Netflix series, Microscopic. Now she is the Head of Content for Luxury Travel Hackers where she produces and edits a travel show on hidden gem destinations around the world. In 2010, Zinnel produced a short doc on the Welfare Rights Initiative at Hunter College that served as her inspiration for the current feature documentary in development, American Nightmare/American Dream.
Cristel Jalbert, Associate Producer was born in the Dominican Republic, and raised in Canada until she immigrated to NYC as a teenager. Despite being undocumented, she went on to pursue a college degree and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hunter College where she was a member of Psi Chi Honor Society and conducted her undergraduate honors thesis on social emotional learning and homelessness . Cristele is an outdoors enthusiast, a Manager at Il Corallo Trattoria and Associate Producer on American Nightmare/American Dream.
David Cordeiro, Music Composer/Producer is a guitarist/composer/producer/educator based in New York City and Los Angeles. Born and raised in Fortaleza, Brazil, David moved to NYC in 2007 to pursue a degree in Jazz Performance. The combination of his experience in college, his Brazilian Music background, and the love for all sorts of music genres has produced a successful career. He has performed at major venues such as Highline Ballroom, Webster Hall, The Blue Note, Joe’s Pub, Skirball Cultural Center and others with a variety of artists. David’s versatility opened doors for him to play all over the United States, Caribbean Islands, Brazil, and Europe.
As a composer/producer, David has written music for trailers, films, documentaries, promotional videos, etc. for major clients such as BMW, Indian Motorcycles, Idealist, and others individually and through his company Dreamwagon Productions. His latest work can be heard on the upcoming short drama RAW to be released in 2020. David also works as a song writer and his latest work can be heard on the artist J.Antonette’s new EP “Paper Trail.”
As an educator, David believes in the idea of sharing not only the knowledge of music and instruments, but more importantly the passion for this amazing form of art. He has worked as a guitar instructor at The Collective School of Music, as the Education Director and instructor for the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance (NYC based; founded by Grammy winner Arturo O’Farrill), and developed an outstanding career as a private music teacher.