Diane is a writer/director who is drawn to magical realism and science fiction/fantasy. Her favourite topics to explore usually involve mental illness, or the dark side of love and spirituality.
She received her Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies and Literature/Writing from Columbia University, and her Master of Fine Arts in Writing for the Screen + Stage from Northwestern University. While at Northwestern, she spent part of her summer shadowing Richard J. Lewis while he directed an episode of C.S.I.: Crime Scene Investigation. And before grad school, she worked briefly as Darren Lynn Bousman’s director’s assistant while he was in post-production on Saw IV and pre-production for Repo! The Genetic Opera.
Diane then went on to write, direct, and produce the short film Replica, which was selected for the 2020 Bristol Science Film Festival and is now streaming on Amazon Prime in the US and the UK and Vimeo VOD worldwide.
She also directed the short film Penny Foster, which was selected for the 2019 National Screen Institute Online Short Film Festival.
And her young adult fantasy pilot script, Lucy, was both a Quarterfinalist for the 2022 ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship, while a previous draft was a second rounder at the 2018 Austin Film Festival Script Competition.
She has just now finished shadowing a director on a major franchise television show (she’s not allowed to talk about it), and is excited about the next steps in her directing career. She has also completed post-production on the proof-of-concept film she directed for a science fiction television series called The Time Is Right, which is currently being submitted to festivals. Finally, she is also outlining a new feature science fiction film script that she is very excited about, and which she plans to direct after the script is finished.
Meanwhile, she continues to work her day job as the Star Trek Franchise Assets Coordinator, soaking up as much as she can on how to write and direct on that kind of massive budget scale.
Liliath & Penumbra is her company.