Jeanette Dilone is a native New Yorker, born and raised in upper Manhattan. Though Jeanette’s first passion was classical ballet, she fell in love with acting during her college years at Columbia University, where she double majored in Theater and Psychology. Since then, her acting work has spanned television, film, theater, commercials, and new media. Currently, Jeanette is expressing her passion for other aspects of the filmmaking process. She made her directorial debut with the short film, “Return,” which she also wrote, produced, and starred in. She is now focusing on her second short, “Rizo”, which she wrote, produced and directed.
As a first generation Afro-Latina actress pounding the pavement in New York, I know firsthand what it feels like to be judged, for better or worse, by your appearance. I wrote “Rizo” based off my own experiences as an actress and woman of color and was equally inspired by the stories and sentiments of close friends who have been through similar situations. I wrote this piece from the heart, and with an incredibly talented cast and crew, brought it to life on screen. I hope this film reaches the hearts and minds of people like me, and anyone who has ever felt judged and left out.