Diane Schneier Perrin, Executive Director
Independent Producer Diane Schneier Perrin has extensive experience in film development, production and distribution and a passionate commitment to quality filmmaking. Schneier Perrin served as Vice President of Production for FSA Film Enterprises and as Director of Creative Affairs for Edward R. Pressman Film Corporation. Her producing credits include: Run for the Dream (Lou Gossett Jr, Charlayne Woodard); Convict Cowboy, (Jon Voigt, Marcia Gay Harden and Kyle Chandler); Barbet Schroeder’s Academy Award-winning Reversal of Fortune; Kathryn Bigelow’s Blue Steel; and Oliver Stone’s Talk Radio.
As co-founder of To The Edge and Back, Schneier Perrin steered the non-profit through its initial development, fundraising, promotion and management. This groundbreaking program was conceived to help children fighting for their lives by connecting them with nature and environmental causes. To The Edge And Back is an integrated program of survivor-led wilderness adventures, documentary films and companion websites created to benefit children with cancer.
In 2006, Schneier Perrin relocated with her family to Santa Fe to launch and run the New Mexico Filmmakers Intensive at the College of Santa Fe, as its Director. The one-year, post-baccalaureate program offered professional training in four key creative areas of filmmaking: Producing, Screenwriting, Directing and Editing. NMFI graduates have shown their work at over 50 regional, national and international film festivals garnering top honors including Best Short Film, the Humanitarian Award and Best Short Script.
Schneier Perrin’s recent community service includes her participation as a member of the Governor’s Council on Film and Media Industries, as a juror for the 2010 New Visions/New Mexico Contract Awards New Mexico and as a panelist for the 2009 Women in Film Athena Award for Excellence in Short Screenplay. She also served as a member of the Advisory Committee for the 2010 benefit staged reading of Eve Ensler’s new work, I Am An Emotional Creature: The Secret Lives of Girls Around the World at Santa Fe’s Lensic Theatre and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Tara School.