I direct, produce, and shoot documentary film, and design media campaigns centered around social justice docs.
My first feature documentary, Vessel, was released in 2014 to critical acclaim and has screened for over 300 international audiences. It was the centerpiece of an audience engagement campaign designed for advocates, activists, and educators working toward coalition building in their communities; and is currently available on Netflix and video-on-demand platforms around the world.
Following a Fulbright Fellowship to Indonesia, where I studied shadow theater as a tool for political revolution, I moved to New York and worked in art departments for children’s television, theater, and independent films: propping, designing, production designing, and shooting. A decade of this work shifted my priorities to the political. After receiving my masters from the New School in International Studies, I became the Director of Communications at Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program, tasked with using media tools and documentary film to build the legacy of the program, and unite an alumni community of over 4,300 international social justice activists.
I've presented my work as a featured guest on several broadcasts, including Democracy Now, WNYC’s The Leonard Lopate Show, Huffington Post Live, and TEDxAmazonia. My work has been featured in the New York Times, Refinery 29, Huffington Post, and the Guardian, among other publications.
Awards include the SXSW Audience Award, the SXSW Special Jury Award for Political Courage, the inaugural Peter Wintonick Award from Sheffield DocFest, the Moving Mountains Honorable Mention from Mountainfilm in Telluride, the Adrienne Shelly Excellence in Filmmaking Award, the SIMA Lens to Action Jury Award, and a finalist award for the CINE Golden Eagle for Independent and Emerging Media.
CONTACT: DIANALYLEWHITTEN AT GMAIL.COM