Inconvenient Truth producer Diane Weyerman dies after lung cancer battle

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Inconvenient Truth producer Diane Weyerman has died after a battle with lung cancer aged 66.

Diane was the former director of the Sundance Institute’s Documentary Film Program and died on Thursday.

The producer was the chief content officer at Participant – a California-based film production company founded by Jeffrey Skoll in 2004.

Her entertainment work spurred on social change – and the company announced her heath with a press release.

Jeff Skoll said: "In the very earliest days of Participant, I was incredibly lucky to have Diane agree to run our newfound documentary department, including our first documentary, An Inconvenient Truth.

"From day 1, Diane brought a passion to her work and cared deeply about the battles we helped fight over the issues portrayed in each film. Over 17 years together, she was a champion in every way, through strategic, industry, and emerging global challenges. Diane was the heart and soul of Participant.

"I will miss her spirit, her collegiality, and the effervescence she brought to everything she touched. I am deeply grateful for Diane’s dedication to helping me build Participant. Our team, the film industry, and the world have suffered a great loss. Diane was one of a kind."

Former Vice President of the company, Al Gore, also stated: "It is not hyperbole to say that Diane Weyermann changed the world for the better in a remarkable way. She shone a powerful spotlight on stories that provoked thoughtful action to promote justice and ignited progress toward a better, safer and more equitable future.

"With her skill and passion, she spurred millions to become changemakers. Her deep and heartfelt empathy, creative vision, and unwavering commitment to supporting each and every person she encountered made her the most cherished of colleagues, mentors, and friends.

"I am devastated by her loss. It is beyond heartbreaking. And I am forever grateful for her friendship and for the incredible legacy that she leaves to the world."

During her career, she ran several projects including Ted Braun’s Darfur Now, Robert Kenner’s Food, Inc., Errol Morris’ Standard Operating Procedure, Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Look of Silence, Morgan Neville’s The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble and Marc Silver’s 3 1/2 Minutes.

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