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Director Serene Meshel-Dillman

Serene is from New York City.  She attended The School of American Ballet, Melissa Hayden's and the Alvin Ailey School.

She graduated from the University of Vermont where she performed with the Main Street Dance Theater and received a degree in Political Science. (A degree that had no relevance to her future.)  A love of photography was enhanced by darkroom courses at the university.  Serene shoots all still images for her documentaries.

After college, Serene worked as a commercial television producer in both New York and Los Angeles until she produced three children with husband, Ray.

In 2014 she directed her first documentary, Getting To The Nutcracker.  The film is a behind the scenes look at what it takes to produce the Nutcracker Ballet from auditions to final performance.

The film won Best Documentary Feature Grand Jury Prize at the Atlanta Film Festival, the Los Angeles Dances with Films Festival Documentary Audience Award, Outstanding Direction at the Las Vegas Film Festival, and Best Documentary at the Kansas Film Festival.

The film is distributed by Gravitas Ventures and is presented nationally every holiday season on PBS.  The 5th Dementia documentary will also have distribution with Gravitas Ventures.

Link to the Getting to The Nutcracker website and film rental

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Cinematographer Eric Zimmerman