-Lucinda Martinez, Netflix
Elaine Del Valle is a Brownsville, Brooklyn-bred Puerto Rican multi-hyphenate DIRECTOR and STORYTELLER.
Her festival awards include from SXSW, Urbanworld, Catalyst Stories, Seriesfest and more. She is a winner of the HBO Latinx Short Film Director award.
Elaine's most recent directing work is a genre bending dance-drama-thriller Tubi Original feature film, Midnight Hustle (now streaming.)
Elaine's long term indie passion project is Brownsville Bred. Adapted from her award-winning, autobiographical novel and Off-Broadway stage play of the same name- Brownsville Bred is a narrative feature film drama that spans the 1980s coming-of-age milestones of a spunky, hip-hop loving, New York Puerto Rican adolescent who finds resilience through the grim realities of the musician father she once idolized and the deteriorating neighborhood she calls home.
Filming in parts, over the course of several years with child actors, the film is primarily set in Elaine's hometown of Brownsville Brooklyn. Principal Photography is set to complete in early 2024.
Elaine is a WarnerMedia 150 Artist, Sundance Writer & Director Lab alumna, Shondaland Director finalist and two-time Lynn Shelton award nominee. Her short films, Me 3.769 and Princess Cut, went on to air on HBOmax.
As a WRITER, across mediums, Elaine's original one-hour procedural drama pilot, The System, landed in development at the CBS network; Her feature screenplay was a Screencraft Film Fund finalist and the New York Times hailed her off-Broadway stage play, "From Girlhood Trials to Onstage Triumph." Elaine's debut novel was named a "Most Inspirational YA Book" by the International Latino Book Awards.
Elaine recently completed the (by invitation only) WGA Showrunner Academy program.
Trained as an ACTOR at New York City's Carnegie Hall by Wynn Handman, Elaine's recent acting roles include as a recurring guest star in the ABC hip-hop drama Queens, The Resident, The Sinner, and Law & Order: Organized Crime.
On a mission to tell authentic stories, and expand representation and opportunities for underrepresented artists, Elaine founded Del Valle Productions, Inc. She has PRODUCED over 50 titles, and was the first person ever to license an interstitial series to HBO.
As a bilingual, certified MBE (minority business enterprise) with an eye for talent, her company was approached to source on-camera talent. The Del Valle Productions casting division has become a go-to for discovering up-and-coming diverse talent and rising stars for high profile brands, agencies, and studios. Its castings include for Arturo Castro's Alternatino (Comedy Central Digital) and Sonia Manzano's Emmy-winning Alma's Way (PBS Kids, Fred Rogers Productions).
Elaine is the recipient of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce's Excellence in Arts award, and was featured in the PBS documentary Beating The Odds, alongside such luminaries as Michelle Obama. Both recognitions reflect her leadership in and support of expanding opportunities in entertainment through Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.