On The Cusp, Longlist - Personal Project

Pelo Lacio

Diane Russo

Pelo Lacio is a personal project made for Love Want Magazine. It was born from a conversation between Luz (the main subject) and I about hair bullying and the effects it has on women. We wanted to create a film to show how ideas on beauty get passed down through generations.

Diane Russo is a director, and photographer who is committed to telling stories that amplify narratives around self identified women and her LGBTQ+ family. Diane’s career began in fashion. Her film for Document Journal Magazine, Our Time - a commentary on our political climate in 2017- won Best Independent Film at the Australian Fashion Film Awards and Best Art Direction at A Shaded View on Fashion Festival. From there, the narrative quality and style of her films caught the attention of commercial brands, and her work has been celebrated by Berlin Commercial, SHOOTS Young Directors Showcase, among others. Diane was a finalist in Tribeca’s 2020 Through Her Lens Program, and she continues to make socially conscious driven projects. Her first narrative short film, Wally Wenda is an adventure set at sea that reframes the way people who get their periods are represented in commercials.