Filmmaker Magazine's 25 New Faces of Independent Film in 2019
“When I first started at JHU as a freshman, I had no idea that the school even had a Film & Media studies department. As fate would have it, I sat in on an Introduction to Film Production class for fun and it changed the course of my life and career. The faculty were extremely passionate and generous with their time and resources. Not only did I get a great foundation in film theory and history, but I also received tons of hands-on production experience on student films and professional feature films. Learning to shoot on 16mm was such a unique education. With the practical skills I learned in the program, I’ve been able to establish a career as a filmmaker and a producer in advertising in New York City. The program cultivated a tight-knit community of students. My peers from the program are still some of my closest friends and collaborators. In fact, a few of my fellow alums worked with me on my first feature film De Lo Mio (2019). Without the Film & Media Studies program, I would never have found my tribe.”
Diana Peralta is a filmmaker, producer, and writer from New York City. Her debut feature De Lo Mio (HBO) had its world premiere as the closing night film of BAMcinemaFest in June 2019. The film was awarded “Best Narrative Feature” at IndieMemphis Film Festival in 2019 and “Best Film” at Riverrun International Film Festival in 2020. Diana was featured in Filmmaker magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film” in 2019. She currently works as a Senior Producer at Revlon, Inc. Her work as a producer on the short documentary LA Feria Concreta was screened as part of the Dominican Republic’s first pavilion installation at the 2014 Venice Biennale of Architecture.