Ramona Diaz is an award-winning Asian-American filmmaker best known for her compelling character-driven documentaries that combine a profound appreciation for cinematic aesthetics and potent storytelling. Her films have demonstrated her ability to gain intimate access to the people she films—be they rock stars, first ladies, dissidents, or teachers—resulting in keenly observed moments and nuanced narratives that are unforgettable. Ramona’s credits include Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey (Tribeca, Silver Docs Opening Night, San Francisco Closing Night, Audience Award Palm Springs, Independent Lens, distributed by Cinedigm); Imelda (Excellence in Cinematography Award, 2004 Sundance Film Festival, IDA Award, Independent Lens, Film Forum); The Learning (POV, IDA nomination); and Spirits Rising (Student Academy Award, Director’s Guild of America Award). Ramona has received funding from agencies such as ITVS, CAAM, the Sundance Documentary Fund, MacArthur Foundation, Tribeca Institute, the Catapult Film Fund and Chicken & Egg.
Aside from making films, Ramona is regularly invited to sit on film festival juries such as Silverdocs, SXSW, the San Francisco International Film Festival and TURSAK in Istanbul, Turkey. She has also been a member of several film funding and editorial panels such as ITVS, POV, and the inaugural GBCA Rubys Grant. Ramona conducts master classes and production workshops covering a vast array of topics including research and development, writing, funding, pitching stories, production, interviewing for the screen, post-production, archival and music rights, marketing, distribution and film festival strategy. Most recently, she was invited by Northwestern University in Doha, Qatar to screen her films and conduct a master class. Ramona is currently working on her first narrative script and a new hybrid documentary film, The Bill, about reproductive health justice. Ramona is a graduate of Emerson College in Boston and holds an MA in Communication from Stanford University.