Maria Finitzo is a two-time Peabody Award-winning social issue documentary filmmaker whose 30 years as a filmmaker has resulted in a body of work that has won every major broadcast award  including most recently the Alfred E duPont Award, broadcasting’s equivalent to the Pulitzer Prize. Her work has been screened in festivals and theaters around the world. Novelistic in their structure, Finitzo allows the narrative arc of her character’s story to evolve, colliding with other subjects from the film, creating a complex, nuanced story that serves as a vehicle to deepen our understanding of society through everyday human drama.

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A coming of age story (5 Girls) reveals the resilience of adolescent girls, a father determined to heal his daughter after a tragic accident (Mapping Stem Cell Research: Terra Incognita) investigates the role of science in a democratic society, a young man, leaving foster care (With No Direction Home) explores the challenges of trying to find one’s place in the world, a soccer coach committed to teaching his players – Hispanic girls – about winning in life (In the Game), and a young couple, both working minimum wage jobs struggling to make ends meet while building a life for themselves and their children (Hard-Earned ) are all films that explore different realms of storytelling by investigating the important social issues of the day.

Finitzo’s films have tackled a variety of subjects from the controversial science of stem cell research and the complex questions surrounding the command and control of nuclear weapons to the psychology of adolescent girls, each film demonstrating a depth and breadth of knowledge and expertise. She is a long time associate of four time Oscar nominated Kartemquin Films, recently awarded a Peabody to honor the work of all of their associates.

Finitzo is also a screenwriter and fiction film director. In 2014, she founded Film Arts Productions, LLC a Chicago-based production company dedicated to producing independent fiction films. Her interest in fiction filmmaking is a natural evolution of her commitment to exploring different realms of storytelling. Those Left Behind, her first feature film, from her original screenplay premiered at festivals throughout the country and is in distribution with Random Media and The Orchard. Film Arts also has in development Finitzo’s next fiction film, A Taste of Life, an adaptation of the award-winning story Passion by Nobel Prize winning author Alice Munro. Finitzo is both the screenwriter and director. She is currently in post -production on The Dilemma of Desire, a feature length documentary that explores female sexual desire through the lens of women’s equality. Finitzo is a 2018 Independent Film Fellow.

DIANE QUON | Marketing / Producer

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Diane worked in Los Angeles for over 17 years before returning to her hometown of Chicago. While in LA, Diane worked in advertising and marketing at NBC and Paramount Pictures. As Paramount’s Vice President of Marketing, Diane led a team of marketing professionals and was responsible for an annual marketing budget of over $55 million. Diane and her team developed the marketing campaigns for all content released by Paramount Home Entertainment; created marketing exploitation plans for potential new content partners; and managed strategic promotional partnerships.

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Gordon Joanna Mary Maria Diane at Ashland Film Festival

In Chicago, Diane worked in development and marketing for many non-profit organizations before returning to the film industry in January 2015.   Diane is currently producing upcoming films for documentary powerhouse, Kartemquin Films (HOOP DREAMS, LIFE ITSELF) including:   MINDING THE GAP; the NORMAN MALONE project; and THE DILEMMA OF DESIRE.  In addition, Diane has also been managing the marketing and outreach for the Kartemquin feature documentaries, UNBROKEN GLASS and  IN THE GAME. Her own character-driven short documentary, CLIFF, SUPERFAN! –fiscally sponsored by the International Documentary Association (IDA), is in its festival run and will be premiering at the San Diego Asian Film Festival this November.

Diane Quon conducting interview for "Cliff, Superfan"


Diane has an MBA from the University of Southern California.

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Follow girls’ soccer team as they go for their goals on and off the field in @MariaFinitzo's @InTheGameDoc March 7

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