Diane Weyermann, the passionate Participant Media government and driving pressure behind such resonant documentaries because the Oscar-winning An Inconvenient Truth, Citizenfour and American Factory, has died. She was 66.
Weyermann died on Thursday in New York after a battle with lung most cancers, Participant introduced through a press launch.
Weyermann exited the Sundance Institute’s Documentary Film Program to affix Participant in 2005, quickly after entrepreneur Jeff Skoll based the socially aware firm, and had been serving as chief content material officer since September 2019.
Known for her integrity and unflagging assist of filmmakers, Weyermann was an government producer on Al Gore’s climate-change doc An Inconvenient Truth (2006), directed by Davis Guggenheim, on Laura Poitras’ Edward Snowden doc Citizenfour (2014) and on Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert’s American Factory (2019), from Barack and Michelle Obama’s Higher Ground Productions.
She additionally was an exec producer on the Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning Food, Inc. (2008), a scathing exposé on the trendy meals business directed by Robert Kenner.
The admired Weyermann obtained Emmy noms for producing 2008’s Pressure Cooker, about a girl who teaches a culinary course in hardscrabble Philadelphia, and David Byrne’s American Utopia (2020), directed by Spike Lee final 12 months.
She additionally collaborated with director Jonathan Demme on Jimmy Carter Man from Plains (2007), with Errol (*66*) on Standard Operating Procedure (2008) and The Unknown Known (2013); with Guggenheim once more on Waiting for Superman (2010); with Alex Gibney on Casino Jack and the United States of Money (2010), Zero Days (2016) and Totally Under Control (2020); with Jessica Yu on Last Call on the Oasis (2011) and Misconception (2014); with Kenner once more on Merchants of Doubt (2014); with Morgan Neville on The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble (2015); with Ai Weiwei on Human Flow (2017); and with Dawn Porter on John Lewis: Good Trouble (2020).
In a 2016 interview with IndieWire’s Anne Thompson, Porter described Weyermann as somebody who’s “empathetic [and] has impeccable style, and he or she’s enjoyable. She has the center of a trainer. The ego of a documentary individual could be fragile. You keep in your cave and don’t come out for months and months, dealing with obvious scrutiny. She’s considerate and type and inspiring.”
Weyermann additionally exec produced the 2018 Starz collection America to Me and the 2020 Nat Geo miniseries City So Real, two Chicago-centric tasks from documentarian Steve James.
“I might describe what we do, whether or not it’s on the documentary facet or on the narrative facet, as foremost, actually nice tales,” she mentioned in a 2019 interview about her work at Participant.
“They’re movies about one thing that issues, and there’s a social relevance to all the things that we do. … [The films are] about the world that we stay in, and it permits the viewers that connects to it to think about that world, or think about one thing that’s introduced up within the film, hopefully in a method that perhaps they haven’t thought-about it earlier than watching it.”
Weyermann represented indigent purchasers as a public curiosity lawyer, then earned her grasp’s diploma from Columbia College Chicago film faculty in 1992.
“I used to be curious about justice, equality and human rights,” she advised Thompson. “I used to be all the time centered on documentary from day one. What me was tales about individuals and the human situation.”
In 1996, Weyermann developed and directed the Soros Documentary Fund for the New York-based Open Society Institute, which supported worldwide docs that handled human rights points, social justice, civil liberties and freedom of expression.
She grew to become director in 2001 of the Sundance Institute’s Documentary Film Program, the place she launched annual labs for edit/storytelling and composers and helped construct a neighborhood of filmmakers.
When Guggenheim moved from dealing with documentaries at Participant to directing An Inconvenient Truth, Weyermann changed him and supervised his Oscar winner.
With Larry Karaszewski, she co-chaired the Academy’s international language Oscar government committee from 2018 till she stepped apart in October 2020 as a result of Participant had the Romanian film Collective in competition.
When she was promoted from president of documentary film and tv at Participant to CCO, Skoll mentioned: “The solely factor that surpasses Diane’s unassailable integrity is her extraordinary judgment on tales that matter. Her inventive partnership, her unparalleled work ethic, her mentorship of others, her deep relationships with the filmmaking neighborhood — the checklist of skills goes on and on.”