Diane Weyermann’s affect continues to be felt all through the documentary subject, along with her presence evident on among the fall’s most talked about nonfiction movies, together with Laura Poitras’s All of the Magnificence and the Bloodshed and Steve James’s A Compassionate Spy.
Right this moment, the Factors North Institute honored the legacy of the late chief content material officer of Participant by establishing the Diane Weyermann Fellowship, an artists’ program “aimed toward supporting international filmmaking groups in manufacturing on function size documentary movies that spotlight tales of ethical and moral urgency.”
The announcement came about on the Camden Worldwide Movie Competition in Maine, itself a program of Factors North.
“We’re extremely honored and grateful for the chance to acknowledge Diane’s super affect on the world of documentary filmmaking via this new Fellowship,” mentioned Ben Fowlie, Factors North Govt and Inventive Director and Founding father of CIFF. “Diane has been a beacon for therefore many all through her profession, and her fervent perception in documentary as a catalyst for social change has been our guiding inspiration. It’s laborious to think about that documentary movie could be the place it’s as we speak with out her contributions and her steadfast dedication to constructing audiences and creating an setting for artists to take dangers.”
Weyermann handed away final October of most cancers. Her sister Andrea attended the occasion asserting the fellowship as we speak.
“Diane Weyermann was a fierce advocate for artists and their tales, and we will’t consider a greater solution to honor her legacy than to collaborate with Factors North on a automobile to help up and coming filmmakers,” mentioned Participant’s CEO David Linde, and Laura Kim, EVP of campaigns & engagement. “The Camden Worldwide Movie Competition was so particular to Diane, so it’s the right place to have a good time her on this approach.”
Purposes for the inaugural Diane Weyerman Fellowship will open Monday and run via January 13, 2023. “As much as three unique, feature-length documentaries in manufacturing from international filmmaking groups will likely be chosen to take part in an 18-month collaborative Fellowship,” Factors North mentioned in a launch. “Sources supplied to Fellows embrace $100,000 in unrestricted, non-recoupable grants, mentorship from veteran filmmakers and trade leaders, competition retreats, and ongoing skilled growth – all designed to help the completion of their movies and development of sustainable careers as artists.”
In accordance with Factors North, “The Fellowship is aimed toward feature-length documentary initiatives which can be between growth and early- to mid-production phases, and which have producer connected.”
In partnership with the Skoll Basis and Participant, Factors North established the Diane Weyermann Memorial Fund to assist seed the Fellowship program. A distinguished advisory committee labored with Factors North to design the initiative, a gaggle that included Ally Derks, founding father of Worldwide Documentary Movie Competition Amsterdam (IDFA); Participant’s Laura Kim; Jonathan King, CEO, Concordia Studio; Elise Pearlstein, EVP, This Machine Filmworks; Courtney Sexton, SVP, CNN Movies; and Andrea Weyermann, Ph.D., Georgia State College.
The Camden Worldwide Movie Competition is presenting a number of of the documentaries Weyermann labored on earlier than her demise, together with Margaret Brown’s Descendant, James’ A Compassionate Spy (which premiered on the Venice Movie Competition), and Geeta Gandbhir and Sam Pollard’s Lowndes County and the Street to Black Energy.