Diane Cheklich is an independent film director and producer from Detroit. In 2014 Ms. Cheklich received a Kresge Artist Fellowship in Film. Her award-winning feature film directorial debut, Offshore (2006), is an Indo-American movie that was shot in both India and the U.S. She produced Magic Mentah (2009), a science-fiction feature written and directed by John Higbie, and she also produced the feature TRAP (2005), a psychological thriller written and directed by James Bonner. TRAP premiered at the San Francisco Independent Film Festival, and was deemed “a natty calling card” by Variety. TRAP is available on DVD across North America through Lightyear Entertainment/Vivendi Home Video.
Diane has also written and directed several short films, including the award-winning Doctor Reddy (2009), which is in distribution through Ouat Media. Her experimental short titled LATE (2003), has also garnered awards and played at film festivals around the world. LATE screened in cities across the U.S. as part of the 2004 Ann Arbor Film Festival Tour, and also as part of the 2004 MadCat Women’s International Film Festival Tour. The film is in distribution through the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre.
Diane attended General Motors Institute, where she received a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree. She also holds a Master of Business Administration from The Wharton School.