Diane Namm Writer/Director/Producer

For film, television, stage, internet and print


Diane Namm (far right) Writer/Director of THE SACRIFICE with Molly Quinn (center) and Debbie Vandermeulen (far left) at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival aboard the M.Y. Octopus. (Photo courtesy of Paul Allen)


2007--On "The Sacrifice" location. Top row (from left to right): Eric Mofford (producer),Diane Namm (writer/director); Ivy Isenberg (casting director); Jon Lindstrom (Walter). Bottom row (from right to left): Chris Mulkey (Rev); Darby Stanchfield (Loretta); and Molly Quinn (Esmee). Not pictured: Richard Riehle (Sheriff Avery)

Diane directs "HUCK" (Austin Jay Chadwick as 'Huck Finn' and Chioma Nwosu as 'Widow Douglas') 2007

Diane signing books for RIFSoCal fundraiser Manhattan Beach, CA 2007

Playwright/Director/Producer 2006

Author 2000

"My Vote" PSA series for Vote Riders, a national non-profit organization

Producing Director 2015-2016
With Jeremy Skidmore as Guest Artistic Director, shows included: A Wonderful Life; Mary's Wedding; The Pavillion. Young Audiences Programming: Monster, adapted from the Walter Dean Myers YA novel; Special Screenings: Rocky Horror Picture Show; Happy

Producing Director 2014-2015
A Conversation with..... Katharine Ross, moderated by Steven Gaydos, Variety
LOVE LETTERS, with Sam Elliott and Katharine Ross
Master Class Workshops with Drake Hogestyn (Days of Our Lives); Mike Scully (Simpsons)
OXYMORONS, with Ed Asner and Mark Rydell
A MAN AND HIS PROSTATE, with Ed Asner
THE GUYS, with Ray Abruzzo and Wendie Malick, directed by Dan Lauria
GOD OF CARNAGE, with A Martinez, dir. GraemeClifford

Diane Namm Writer/Director/Producer





"We'll Always Have Dingle"
A docu-dramedy written and produced by Diane Namm

Directed by Geoff Wonfor (Beatles Anthology)

Director of Photography Eugene O'Connor

The story of Dingle Film fest organizer Maurice Galway, through the "Dingle-ization" of classic movie scenes.



SASA - Documentary film now in production

TELEMAFIA
a Diane Namm Film

STARRING

Ray Abruzzo
Jeff Richards

Written by Jan Militello and Diane Namm
Produced by Eric Mofford
Production Design by Tana Roller
Director of Photography Thomas Morris
Edited by Scott Meyer




The second production in West of Broadway's YOU THE JURY series. Playedin the fall of 2009 at Write Act Theater in Hollywood.

THE SACRIFICE, a SHORT FILM Written and Directed by Diane Namm

Cast: Chris Mulkey, Darby Stanchfield, Molly Quinn, Jon
Lindstrom and Richard Riehle

Produced by Eric Mofford
Casting Director: Ivy Isenberg


Director of Photography: Terrence Hayes
Production Designer: Katherine Bulovic
Film Editor: Lindsay Mofford
Music by Buddy Judge
Photo credit Vic Olam

"The Sacrifice" is a short drama about what happens on the day a polygamous cult leader comes to take a reluctant 13-year-old girl as his wife.

HollyShorts Film Festival 2008
"Audience Choice" Award Winner
www.hollyshorts.com

Accolade Film Festival 2009
"Merit Award"

SPECIAL JURY AWARD
2009 Lady Filmmakers Festival

2009 Angel Film Awards - Monaco

BEST DIRECTOR FOR SHORT FILM — Diane Namm

BEST ENSEMBLE CAST FOR SHORT FILM — Jon Lindstrom, Chris Mulkey, Darby Stanchfield, Molly Quinn, Richard Riehle

BEST EMERGING ACTRESS FOR SHORT FILM — Molly Quinn

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS FOR SHORT FILM — Darby Stanchfield

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR FOR SHORT FILM — Chris Mulkey

Official Selection of the Beverly Hills Shorts Film Festival 2009

Official Selection of MethodFest 2009

Official Selection of Newport Beach Film Festival 2009

Official Selection Malibu Film Festival 2009

Official Selection Dingle Film Festival 2009

Official Selection Temecula Valley Film Festival 2009



Bunny Tales Episode IV: BUNNY WARS based on Beatrix Potter's "Tale of Peter Rabbit"

Peter's not a baby bunny anymore. He's a "Luke Skywalker" rabbit and he's ready to take back the cabbage patch and rescue his dad from Sgt. McGregor. Join Peter and his bunny army in this zany anti-war retelling of this best loved tale. Can you say food fight?


Adapted for the stage and Directed by Diane Namm
MONSTER is the first production in the "You, the Jury" TM series of courtroom dramas. At the Carrie Hamilton Theater (Pasadena Playhouse) this February. Coming to the Edgemar Center for the Arts in March.

MONSTER is a world premier stage adaptation of the National Book Award finalist young adult novel by Walter Dean Myers.

The story of 16-year-old African American Steven Harmon, on trial for murder, for allegedly being the lookout in a robbery gone bad.

Designed for high school students, the "You, the Jury" tm series allows audiences to serve as the jury, and vote for the guilt or innocence of the defendant.

THEATER

"You, the Jury"TM Series:
MONSTER
12 ANGRY JURORS

Community Service Series:
LA STREET SCENES 1
LA STREET SCENES 2: A Boy's Story/​A Girl's Story
LA STREET SCENES 3: Everyone Has a Story

Adapted Classics Series:

MRS. SCROOGE Namm's wacky tale inspired by Dickens's "Christmas Carol" is a zany holiday recipe for family fun: take a couple of mischievous angels, a grumpy Mrs. Scrooge, and sprinkle in an audience filled with snowball-throwing angels and a snowball fight and you've got the quintessential family tradition for Christmas entertainment.

BUNNY TALES EPISODE IV: THE BUNNY WARS teenage Peter Rabbit enlists young audiences to help him wage vegetable warfare on Sgt. McGregor to take back the cabbage patch and rescue his father.

"HUCK" inspired by Twain's "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" takes audiences on a river ride in which Huck and Jim set off in search of treasure and adventure, only to discover there's no place like home.

"Red Chief!" inspired by O.Henry's "Ransom of Red Chief" tells the tale of Red Chief, sugared up and ready to roll on Halloween night, who gives the adults in charge a run for their money along with a well-deserved fright.


FILM SCRIPTS
"Greed" a horror/​thriller about a woman who discovers that her greed just might cost her her life.
2006 Austin Film Festival (Second Round Selection)
2007 Filmmakers International Screenwriting Awards (Finalist);
2007 Filmmakers International Screenwriting Award (Platinum Prize);
13th Annual Writer's Network Screenplay & Fiction Contest (Quarter-finalist)

"Pranksters" a family comedy about two thirteen-year-olds who wage a practical-joke war on their dating parents to prevent a family merger.
2007 California Independent Film Festival selection for "Best Screenplay"
2007 American Screenwriters Association Competition (Quarter-finalist)
2007 KidsFirst! selection.

"Full Blue" is inspired by "Blue Blood," a Showtime documentary on teenage boxing at Oxford that premiered at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival
15th Writemovies.com International Screenplay Contest (Finalist)
2007 American Screenwriters Association Competition (Semi-finalist)


TELEVISION

"Reality Strikes" a reality-show horror series.
2008 Scriptalooza Reality TV Competition (First Place)


UPCOMING AND RECENT PUBLICATIONS

Diane's adaptation of Leroux's "Phantom of the Opera," Margaret Sydney's "The Five Little Peppers and How They Grew," a medley of "Animal Stories" by Jack London, Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe and more, and a collection of "Greek Myths" for the Classic Starts series, published by Sterling Publishing, a division of BARNES & NOBLE. Coming 2011 10 titles by Diane Namm for upcoming Fairy tale series: Jack and the Beanstalk, Puss 'n' Boots, Princess and the Pea, The Ugly Duckling; The Emperor's New Clothes; King Arther and his Knights; Three Little Pigs; Goldilocks and the Three Bears; The Gingerbread Boy and The Frog Prince.

Adaptations of Kipling's "Jungle Book" and Lofting's "Doctor Dolittle" for the Easy Reader Classics series, published by Sterling Books.

Laugh-a-Long Readers: Funny Bunny Jokes; Jungle Jokes; Slithery, Squirmy Jokes; Silly Jokes.

BACKGROUND

Diane is the author of over 55 published children’s books and young
adult novels. Her most recent titles (adaptations of Jungle Book,
Doctor Dolittle, Phantom of the Opera,The Five Little Peppers,
Animal Stories and Greek Myths) are published by Sterling Books – a division of Barnes & Noble Publishing. Diane is currently working on a series of teen books with Olympian figure skater Rachael Flatt,
based on Rachael's road to the Olympics.

On the stage front, Diane founded West of Broadway (www.westofbroadway.org) in order to stage updated classics
for family audiences. As Artistic Director of West of Broadway
she has penned and directed modern adaptations of many classics,
and has recently expanded programming to include
“You, the Jury,”TM, a series of interactive courtroom dramas.

On the film front, Diane's first short film titled The Sacrifice,
which deals with the controversial issue of child marriage within the
United States (www.thesacrificemove.com) won "Best Director" at the
Monaco International Film Angel Awards, "Special Jury Prize" at Lady
Filmmakers Festival, and "Audience Choice Award" at
Holly Shorts Film Festival. The Sacrifice is now being
distributed by Shorts TV International and is available on itunes.

Diane's latest short film, Telemafia,(www.telemafiamovie.com), a comedy about
a conversational duel between a telemarketer and a consumer, is
currently on the film festival circuit,with a world premiere at the Dingle International Film Festival in Ireland in March, 2010 and a win as Best Comedy Short at the Route 66 Film Festival.

Diane is the writer/​producer on the upcoming Documentary-comedy, "We'll Always Have Dingle," a story about the Dingle Film Festival, working with director Geoff Wonfor (History of the Beatles) and writer/​director for SASA: A Light in the Dark, a documentary of events taking place on the India/​Burma border.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

West of Broadway, a 501(c)(3)non-profit theater company/​Artistic Director,President
University of Michigan English Department, Advisory Board
Edgemar Center for the Arts, Board of Directors
Edgemar Center for the Arts, Theater Group
Authors Guild
Women in Film
American Screenwriters Association
AFI Alumni Association
Create Now! (a writers' mentoring organization for high-risk teens)
Reading Is Fundamental of Southern California


AWARDS
1999 AFI Television Movie Award for "Warrior Queen," based on the life of Queen Boadicea of Iceni.
2007 KidsFirst! 'seal of approval' for "Pranksters"
2007 Top Ten of "Abbreviated Screenplay" Competition for "The Sacrifice"
2008 "Audience Choice Award" at Holly Shorts Film Festival for "The Sacrifice"

"Pranksters" is a 2007 Kids First! Selection

Directed by Diane Namm. Produced by Pasadena Playhouse and West of Broadway. Based on narratives written by Pasadena Unified teens in Diane's writer-in-residence workshop for the playhouse in May 2008.

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Big Dreams in Little Pasadena
By Terry Miller


Born out of a workshop that was an adjunct to John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, - Big Dreams in Pasadena gave four young writers a chance to see their work performed on stage.


Steinbeck’s story is about thwarted hopes and dreams and about friendships when those hopes are shattered.

The four young writers in this workshop ( Deleah Davis, Kelsea Mayfield, Sharay Traylor and Morgan Tucker, used these ideas for their narratives.


Instead of going for Steinbeck’s tragic ending, Big Dreams in Pasadena ends on a far more positive note. Directed by Diane Namm the play was presented in the intimate theatre upstairs from the Pasadena Playhouse, home to Furious Theatre Company.


Big Dreams is a modern day filmmaking challenge the young people have taken on via You Tube. The idea is to create a film, edit and post on line in twenty-four hours. It has to be done on a Macintosh laptop (which the actors did on a Dell with a picture of apple hurriedly pasted on the front of the laptop for good measure) - This caused a good laugh when the audience realized the joke.


They (the four teens) hope to come away from the experience with fame and fortune.

Instead, the teens find something far more valuable.


The play is about 50 minutes long and features professional actors Rafael Noble, Jessica Jones, Chioma Nwosu, Rick Vargas, Jaimyon Parker and Nichole Joubert.

Two of the authors participated in the real Apple 24 hour film competition.


Their three minute film can be seen at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=2WlmXRA_DYO

The production is a joint effort of the Pasadena Playhouse and West of Broadway Theatre Company.

Selected Works

Fiction/Fairy Tale
Sterling Publishing's Little Acorns are briefly told adpatations of children's best loved fairy tales.
Fiction
Diane Namm adapts GREEK MYTHS, ANIMAL STORIES, PHANTOM OF THE OPERA and FIVE LITTLE PEPPERS.
"A Christmas Carol," "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," "Tale of Peter Rabbit," and "Ransom of Red Chief."
Fiction-Beginning Readers
Timeless classics adapted especially for beginning readers.