Etta Devine & Gabe Diani


"There is no reason to do any of this at this budget level if it’s not gonna be fun. Because it is so much work. It’s so hard; it’s gonna be so hard when you’re done to get anyone to look at it and actually watch it, that you have to enjoy the process and the opportunity to make something and to make it fun for the people that you’re doing it with. Cause otherwise you’re never gonna wanna make one ever again" ~ Gabe Diani

Welcome back to Nothing Shines Like Dirt Episode 48. Elise and Lesley sit down with the hilarious Filmmaker/Actors Etta Devine & Gabe Diani. They discuss their script featured on the Blacklist, raising funds for your film, and get married or make a movie?



Diani & Devine Meet the Apocalypse


Etta Devine and Gabriel Diani's script "Don't Be Evil" made the 2017 Blacklist and has been optioned by See-Saw Films. Their feature directorial debut “Diani & Devine Meet the Apocalypse,” premiered at the Austin Film Festival to rave reviews from the AustinChronicle and Screen Anarchy and has been picking up multiple Jury and audience awards on the festival circuit. Their first film as writer/producers, the horror comedy "The Selling," premiered at the San Francisco International Film Festival, played at over 30 film festivals, was in the Top 10 of's Best Horror Movies of 2012, and received rave reviews from The Huffington Post, Ain't It Cool News, and Filmthreat. Recently, they were writers on season 2 of Frederator Studios "Bee and Puppycat" and were named one of "Austin Film Festival's 25 Screenwriters To Watch In 2017" in MovieMaker Magazine.