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"Westland" Filmmaker Profile - Diana Michelle Haussam

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Do you know who you'll be voting for in the 2014 PBS Online Film Festival?

Be sure to take this opportunity get acquainted with one of the Arkansas filmmakers in the competition before voting opens on Monday, June 16!

A producer and photographer, Diana Michelle earned her degree in Fine Art with an emphasis in photography and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. In addition to earning her degree, Diana was a recipient of the Arkansas Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts 2009 Annual Bibba Pruitt Scholarship.

Diana now teaches photography and Photoshop at Northwest Technical Institute and operates a portrait studio, Diana Michelle Photography, in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Diana's work has been displayed in fine art galleries and museums locally and regionally. Her photography collection and film can currently be viewed alongside Tim West's artwork in the "Tim West: In Memoriam" exhibit at the M2 Gallery in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Diana was inspired to create her short film, "Westland," when she rediscovered Tim West in Winslow, Arkansas. Although Tim's artistic career had begun beautifully - with works accepted into the permanent collection of the museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and the Louvre in Paris - over the years, personal demons had led Tim to return to his hometown where he lived nearly anonymously for decades.

Until Diana found Tim, he believed his work would never again be appreciated.

"I'd convinced myself that I'd die without being known. She found me," West said of Diana Michelle Hausam - Washington County Observer 

Want to know more about Diana and "Westland"? See the film and artist profiles on the LOUPE - Magnifying Arkansas Art and Artists website, and don't forget to vote in the PBS Online Film Festival beginning Monday, June 16!