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Featured alongside Michelle Obama in the 2018 PBS Documentary, aptly titled, Beating The Odds--Elaine Del Valle was born and bred in New York City’s Murder Capital--Brownsville Brooklyn. Elaine garnered critical acclaim when she landed off Broadway with her autobiographical one woman play, Brownsville Bred—The New York Times calling it "From Girlhood Trials to Onstage Triumph".
Elaine won the 2011 HOLA award for excellence in playwriting. In 2013, with a desire to make her work more accessible, Del Valle turned her attention to writing for screen. Elaine co-wrote, produced, and directed the comedy web series, Reasons Y I'm Single. Elaine has since produced over 50 shorts, and in 2015 Elaine became the first person to license an interstitial series (Gran’pa Knows Best) to the HBO Latino Network.
In 2016, Del Valle received the TELLY award for her co-production of The Smallest Step (a PBS/World Channel short film series).
Her directorial debut in a short film, Final Decision (which she also wrote and produced) screened at over a dozen film festivals, winning several awards, including a 2017 Best Narrative Director award.
In 2018, Elaine was selected as one of 9 directors to partake in the Sundance Short Narrative Film Lab (Miami). Her film-ME 3.769 is supported by a grant from Sundance Institute and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. For Elaine, ME 3.769 marks the first short (in her series of short films to come) based on her award winning play and true coming-of-age.
SHE SAID is another short that is based on Elaine's award winning autobiographical play.

Elaine first garnered critical acclaim with her autobiographical, one-woman stage play Brownsville Bred, which depicts her true Nuyorican (New York-Puerto Rican) coming-of-age in Brownsville Brooklyn, NY. The New York Times raved, "From Girlhood Trials to Onstage Triumph." She subsequently adapted her stageplay into a novel; Her Brownsville Bred: Dreaming Out Loud was named a "Most Inspirational Young Adult" book by the International Latino Book Awards (2020). ​ Elaine is a recipient of the Warner Media 150 grant and is a Sundance Lab alumna. ​ She was the first person to license an interstitial series, Gran'pa Knows Best (2017), to the HBO network. Her short films, Me 3.769 (2019) and Princess Cut (2020) can also be seen on HBO. In 2020, Elaine's original drama pilot, The System, landed a development deal with CBS. Written by Elaine, in The System, a compassionate yet jaded social worker navigates the same broken New York City system she grew up in as she advocates to resolve issues for every family she encounters while struggling to fix her own. Elaine also serves as co-executive producer. As the owner and operator of Del Valle Productions & Casting, Elaine has become the go-to person for up-and-coming diverse talent and rising stars for many high profile brands, agencies, and studios. She led the original casting on Arturo Castro's Alternatino (Comedy Central Digital) and Sonia Manazo's Alma's Way (PBS Kids, Fred Rogers Productions). Both series highlight the multicultural talent in New York City. ​ Elaine was featured in the PBS documentary Beating The Odds, alongside luminaries such as Michelle Obama. In 2019 Miami News Times named her on their "Filmmakers to Watch" list. Ebby Magazine calls her a "Tour de Force." Elaine is the recipient of the "Madrina" award (Prime Latino Media 2017) and the "Vanguard" award (Official Latino 2019). Both awards reflect her leadership in and support of the Latinx independent filmmaking community. more...

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