From Alex Gibney to Steve James, 19 Documentarians Will Make You Ache for the Loss of Diane Weyermann

From Alex Gibney to Steve James, 19 Documentarians Will Make You Ache for the Loss of Diane Weyermann
Social justice has always been the bailiwick of documentary filmmakers, but the late Diane Weyermann was the woman who gave it the financing and clout it deserved. From the Sundance Institute to Participant Media, she passionately supported documentaries that might not otherwise exist. She made them better, found their audiences, and elevated what was once considered a low-budget sideline. Her projects received 10 Oscar nominations and four wins.

However, to sum up her impact in the language of credits and awards would an injustice of its own. Weyermann was one of those people who had the privilege of being genuinely beloved. She was dedicated to her work as chief content officer at Participant Media, but the filmmakers she worked with knew her as a fiercely intelligent champion, guide, and most of all a friend.

After losing her long battle with cancer last week, Weyermann’s friends in the documentary community sent IndieWire a flood of tributes.
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