Dianne Griffin: Writer/Director/Producer/Editor


Dianne has worked producing and directing for twenty five years in a rich range of productions both in San Francisco and Internationally.

Her documentary White Hotel shot entirely in Eritrea; Africa was selected to open in the New Directors Series at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. It was picked up for distribution by Jane Balfour Films Ltd. out of London, England. White Hotel went on to play in numerous international festivals and museums, including the selection of Harvard Film Archive, The Long Beach Museum of Art, Women Make Waves, Taiwan, Black Maria Film Festival, The Zanzibar International Film Festival, and the United Nations Association Film Festival at Stanford University. White Hotel can be purchased directly on Amazon.com.

Her past work experience has included Line Producing with Michael Moore on his documentary The Big One. Dianne also created documentaries for the United Nations while following the Mekong River for Jewels of the Mekong and traversing Nepal for Beyond the Mountain. Dianne’s documentaries for Women’s Global Fund were shot while working in China, Mongolia and Thailand. She documented WGF’s funded projects in Asia; such as the only battered women’s shelter in Mongolia and the first 800 help line for women in China. She worked with Hewlett Packard on their 100 cameras project beta testing their first digital camera, documenting a taxi driver on his rounds in Tehran, Iran. Dianne was also involved with the dawn of streaming media while on staff as a producer at Yahoo! She likes to believe her sense of humor, eye for detail and ability to tell a story along with plenty of first hand experience adds to her projects.

Dianne is currently in production with Erica Jordan on the feature documentary Painted Nails.

Actively involved in the documentary film community, Dianne is a jury chair and advisor for the United Nations Association Film Festival since 1998 and is a long-term jurist for the San Francisco International Film Festival and the Mill Valley Film Festival.

Dianne enjoys tending her small orchard and fantasizes one day a queen bee swarming will choose a nesting site in her San Francisco backyard.