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. She began her association with WRI 20 years ago teaching a class in media relations for the leadership Training students and then continued as a volunteer and fundraiser. Photo credit: Scrivo Studios
Grace Zinnel – Producer / Director
Grace Zinnel, an independent filmmaker, is based in New York City. She began her career at Checkerboard Film Foundation, where she worked on more than 10 documentaries on American artists, most notably Inventing Cornell Tech: The Vision, Diller Scofidio Renfro: Reimagining Lincoln Center and the Highline, 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. She managed distribution of over 50 films in the Checkerboard library to universities, film festivals, and arts institutions throughout the US and abroad. In 2010, she co-founded Hear The Hungry, a non-profit organization to redefine hunger and mobilize social change via the true stories of those experiencing it. She spearheaded Hear The Hungry Productions collecting more than 100 stories from homeless men and women in New York City. In 2017, Grace worked side by side with Academy Award nominee Susan Kaplan and environmentalist, Cara McCaffrey on an upcoming podcast about a group of women fighting an environmental disaster in their city. Grace has also worked as a Production coordinator on independent feature films in New York and Los Angeles, most notably: Rapid Eye Movement, Untitled Johnny Boston Project X, Youth Group, and bollywood film Half Girlfriend. Grace currently produces mirco-documentaries for new businesses and artists. In 2010, Zinnel produced a short documentary on the Welfare Rights Initiative at Hunter College that served as the inspiration for her current feature documentary in development, American Nightmare/American Dream.