Elaine Del Valle

Director | Writer | Producer

Elaine Del Valle first garnered critical acclaim as the actress and writer of her off Broadway, one-woman stage play, Brownsville Bred, which depicts her true Nuyorican 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). As a director, Elaine 's films have garnered support from Warner Media 150, the Knight Foundation and the Sundance Institute. Her short films, Me 3.769 (2019) and Princess Cut(2020) can be seen on HBO. Elaine is also a film and television producer. She was the first person to license an interstitial series, Gran'pa Knows Best (2017), to the HBO network. In 2020, Elaine's original drama pilot, The System, landed a development deal with CBS. Elaine is both the writer and co-Executive Producer on the series. 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 for Alternatino (Comedy Central Digital) and Alma's Way (PBS Kids, Fred Rogers Productions). 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. She is a Sundance Director Lab alumna.  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). Her awards reflect her leadership in and support of the LatinX independent filmmaking community. Elaine is a double nominee for the 2021 Imagen Impact Awards for her work in directing both commercial and short film.