About this submission
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.