The independent feature film, “The Dogwalker” will open in Buffalo on Friday, September 15, at the Market Arcade Cinema. The film stars Buffalo native Diane Gaidry who grew up in Snyder and was a student at Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts and Buffalo State College. She got her start in the live theatre community in Western New York.
Ms. Gaidry, after completing her education and earning impressive commercial, film and television credits, went on to co-found the Filmmakers Alliance in Los Angeles with her husband Jacques Thelmaque; she is co-producer of this film which was directed by Mr. Thelmaque. A copy of Ms. Gaidry’s bio can be viewed below. “The Dogwalker” is of particular interest to us because Western New York audiences will have the opportunity to see Ms. Gaidry perform live in the demanding role of Mary Cavan Tyrone in ICTC’s upcoming production of “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” by Eugene O’Neill (October 27 to November 26).
A Buffalo native, Diane Gaidry grew up in Snyder. When she was a sophomore in high school, her family moved to North Buffalo and Diane attended the Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts as a drama major where she was taught by Irish Classical Theatreis Associate Artistic Director, Fortunato Pezzimenti. Throughout her high school years, along with playing major roles in Arts Academy productions, Ms. Gaidry also worked in the larger Buffalo theatre community. She did a summer internship with Shakespeare in Delaware Park in which she played a lady in waiting in Richard II, directed by Derek Campbell, and in her junior year of high school, played the daughter in the UB production of Homeland, directed by Ed Smith. In her senior year of high school, Diane interned at the Playhouse on Main Street, where she acted in productions of Wait Until Dark and The Physician in Spite of Himself . She attended Buffalo State College her freshman year where she played Mina in Dracula.
After Diane received her BFA in acting from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, she landed acting assignments in a variety of productions, becoming a veteran of dozens of film, television, and commercial productions including Movies of the Week 87th Precinct on NBC and ABCis Summer Dreams, in which she played Shawn Love, the wife of Beach Boy Dennis Wilson. In addition, she was featured in the independent feature films, The Thing at Pete and Julieis and Hero Lover Fool. In 1993 Ms. Gaidry and her husband, Jacques Thelemaque, co-founded Filmmakers Alliance in Los Angeles, where she currently serves as Executive Director.
Diane has played lead roles in numerous independent films, including The Dogwalker, directed by Jacques Thelemaque, and America So Beautiful, directed by Babak Shokrian. Most recently, she starred in indie film legend Rob Nilssonis Need and in director Katherine Brooksi Loving Annabelle. Her independent film work led to a guest appearance last year on the hit TV show Medium.
Under the auspices of FA, she has starred in, produced and directed numerous short films including the award-winning short, Egg (Best Comedy Short n Cinequest Film Festival and Best Short n Methodfest 2001), Transaction (Grand Prix Du Jury Award n 2006 Cleremont-Ferrand International Film Festival, Honorable Mention n Mill Valley Film Festival), Birth of Industry (Cleveland International Film Festival), and Thanksgiving, her short film directorial debut, developed from her original story. She also co-produced The Dogwalker, which played at the Los Angeles Film Festival, and won Best First Feature at Cinequest.
Ms. Gaidry also holds a Masters degree in Psychology from the University of Santa Monica, California.