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Ramona S. Diaz

50, Filmmaker With three documentaries to her credit as a director, Mount Washington's Ramona S. Diaz is ready to take on something entirely new: fiction. A year has passed since her latest -- and most successful -- work, "Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey," a look at Filipino singer Arnel Pineda's unlikely rise from Manila cover band to Journey frontman. Now she's juggling two projects. One is a documentary look at a battle over reproductive rights tentatively titled "The Bill," which like her previous works will have a defining connection to her native Philippines. But the second marks a dramatic departure for Diaz: a political thriller, set in the Philippines, that will be her first foray into creating her own cinematic landscape. "I do think I'm turning a corner," said Diaz. "I'm very excited to explore this other world." -- Chris Kaltenbach
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