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Diane Weyermann dies of lung cancer at age 66

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The film industry is mourning the news that Participant executive and producer Diane Weyermann has passed away.

The executive, who had been chief content officer since 2019, died of lung cancer, according to a press release from the participant.

She previously served as director of the Sundance Institute Documentary Program before leaving in 2005 to join Jeff Skoll’s Participant.

RIP: The film industry is mourning the news that Participant executive and producer Diane Weyermann has passed away

Born in St. Louis, Weyermann graduated from George Washington University and St. Louis University Law School before starting her career as a legal counsel.

She eventually realized that the people she was trying to help didn’t have a voice, and film was one way she could give that voice.

She received her MFA from Columbia College Film School in Chicago, which led to her internship at the Open Society Institute New York’s Arts and Culture Program.

Legal: Weyermann was born in St. Louis and graduated from George Washington University and St. Louis University Law School before starting her career as a legal counsel

Legal: Weyermann was born in St. Louis and graduated from George Washington University and St. Louis University Law School before starting her career as a legal counsel

There she launched the Soros Documentary Fund, which was later renamed the Sundance Documentary Fund.

She then moved to Sundance, where she was in charge of the Sundance Documentary Fund.

She also launched two annual documentary film labs, the Edit & Story Lab and the Documentary Composers Lab, in collaboration with Peter Golub.

Sundance: She then moved to Sundance, where she was in charge of the Sundance Documentary Fund

Sundance: She then moved to Sundance, where she was in charge of the Sundance Documentary Fund

A year after Jeff Skoll founded Participant, a production company that creates content focused on social change, Weyermann came on board.

Her first project as a producer was the critically acclaimed documentary An Inconvenient Truth, which won Oscars for Best Documentary and Best Original Song.

“In the very early days of Participant, I was incredibly lucky that Diane agreed to lead our new documentary division, including our first documentary, An Inconvenient Truth,” said Jeff Skoll, founder of Participant.

First, her first project as a producer was the critically acclaimed documentary An Inconvenient Truth, which won Oscars for Best Documentary and Best Original Song.

First, her first project as a producer was the critically acclaimed documentary An Inconvenient Truth, which won Oscars for Best Documentary and Best Original Song.

“From day 1, Diane brought a passion into her work and cared deeply about the battles we helped fight over the issues portrayed in each film. For more than 17 years together, she was a champion in every way, through strategic, industrial and emerging global challenges,” he added.

“Diane was the heart and soul of Participant. I will miss her enthusiasm, her collegiality and the vibrancy she brought to everything she touched. I am very grateful for Diane’s dedication to helping me build Participant. Our team, the film industry and the world have suffered a great loss. Diane was one of a kind,” he concluded.

Vice President Al Gore, who wrote, produced and starred in An Inconvenient Truth, added: “It is no exaggeration to say that Diane Weyermann has changed the world for the better in a remarkable way.

Day one: “From day 1, Diane brought a passion into her work and cared deeply about the battles we helped fight over the issues portrayed in each film.  For more than 17 years together, she was a champion in every way, through strategic, industrial and emerging global challenges,

Day one: “From day 1, Diane brought a passion into her work and cared deeply about the battles we helped fight over the issues portrayed in each film. For more than 17 years together, she was a champion in every way, through strategic, industrial and emerging global challenges,” he added

She cast a powerful spotlight on stories that led to thoughtful action to advance justice and fuel progress toward a better, safer and more just future. With her skill and passion, she inspired millions of people to become changemakers,” Gore added.

Her deep and genuine empathy, creative vision and unwavering commitment to support every person she encountered made her the most cherished colleagues, mentors and friends. I am devastated at her loss. It’s beyond heartbreaking. And I am eternally grateful for her friendship and for the incredible legacy she leaves to the world,” he concluded.

Her projects earned 10 Oscar nominations with four wins, including Laura Poitras’ best documentary for Citizenfour.

Oscar: Her projects earned 10 Oscar nominations with four wins, including Laura Poitras' best documentary for Citizenfour

Oscar: Her projects earned 10 Oscar nominations with four wins, including Laura Poitras’ best documentary for Citizenfour

Other projects include The Great Invisible, Food Inc., Waiting For Superman, Made In America, John Lewis: Good Trouble and most recently The First Wave.

Memorial services for Weyermann will be announced at a later date.

She is survived by her sister Andrea Weyermann, her brother-in-law Tim Goodwin and her three beloved cousins ​​Dylan, Will and Harris

Project: Other projects include The Great Invisible, Food Inc., Waiting For Superman, Made In America, John Lewis: Good Trouble and most recently The First Wave

Project: Other projects include The Great Invisible, Food Inc., Waiting For Superman, Made In America, John Lewis: Good Trouble and most recently The First Wave

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