Executive Vice President, Documentary Films
As Executive Vice President, Documentary Films, Diane Weyermann is responsible for Participant Media’s documentary films.
Participant’s current documentary projects include Jessica Yu’s Last Call at the Oasis and Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush’s A Place At The Table, Dan Sutton’s State 194. Previous releases include the Oscar®-winning An Inconvenient Truth, the Oscar®-nominated, Emmy-winning Food, Inc., the Emmy-nominated Chicago 10, Pressure Cooker and PAGE ONE: Inside the New York Times, as well as CASINO JACK and The United States of America, Waiting for “Superman,” Countdown to Zero, Climate of Change, Standard Operating Procedure, Angels in the Dust, Jimmy Carter Man From Plains and Darfur Now.
Prior to joining Participant in October 2005, Weyermann was the Director of the Sundance Institute’s Documentary Film Program. During her tenure at Sundance, she was responsible for the Sundance Documentary Fund, a program supporting documentary films dealing with contemporary human rights, social justice, civil liberties, and freedom of expression from around the world. She launched two annual documentary film labs, focusing on the creative process–one dealing with editing and storytelling, and the other with music. Diane was also part of the Sundance Film Festival programming team, where she was instrumental in creating a platform for international documentary work and responsible for programming the documentary content of the Filmmaker Lodge activities.
Weyermann’s work in the documentary and international fields extends many years prior to Sundance. She was the Director of the Open Society Institute New York’s Arts and Culture Program for seven years. In addition to her work with contemporary art centers and culture programs in the Soros Foundation network, which spans over 30 countries, she launched the Soros Documentary Fund (which later became the Sundance Documentary Fund) in 1996. Since the inception of the Fund, she has been involved with the production of over 300 documentary films from around the world.