Yael Deynes

Yael Deynes

Lorn Films
Director, Producer and Screenwriter

Long Beach, California

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About Yael

Yael Deynes is an award-winning filmmaker and co-founder of Lorn Films. Deynes entered the film industry in 2014 with his first screenplay, 175, a historical drama inspired by real survivors who opened up to Deynes about the persecution of the LGBTQ community during the Holocaust and after. The script led to a signed deal with a top Hollywood talent agency. His work also caught the eye of Marsha Posner Williams, the two-time Emmy and three-time Golden Globe winning producer of The Golden Girls. Williams produced his directorial debut, My Secret Lake, which picked up an SFAAF Award and is distributed on Amazon Prime Video. While working as a writer for several streaming networks and film studios, Deynes has consulted and held seminars for universities, writer’s groups and non-profit organizations.

Due to the damage of Hurricane Maria, Deynes was unable to reach his mother in Puerto Rico for two agonizing weeks. This inspired him to create a cinematic message of hope for the island entitled, Who We Are, which won an award at the My Hero International Film Festival. The film has amassed millions of views and was broadcast to 20,000 attendees during the Puerto Rican benefit concert, “Somos Uno” which featured artists such as Luis Fonsi, Jennifer Lopez, Ricky Martin and more. Motivated by his ambition to reveal lost stories, Deynes began work on Nuestras Historias in June 2018 and launched the project by documenting interviews with Puerto Ricans affected by the hurricane. Entirely self-taught, Deynes attributes his knack for storytelling to his grandmother’s vivid tales as well as the everlasting desire to do the right thing.

The scope and impact of the pieces by Yael Deynes have led him to receive international awards for his projects My Secret Lake and Who We Are, which just received a Telly Award after competing with other filmmakers from 50 states and 5 continents

Loglines

  • 175

    175 Budget: $10M - $30M | Drama After being imprisoned under the Nazi law paragraph 175, a German gay man and a Jewish woman’s unbreakable bond help them endure the horrors of the holocaust. Soon after their liberation, he is re-arrested under the same Nazi law. She now has to find the strength and courage to try to set him free. (Based on true Events.)

Credits

  • 175

    175 (2021)
    Film by Lorn Films (Drama) Director/Writer/Producer ( Based on true Events.) After being imprisoned under the Nazi law paragraph 175, a German gay man and a Jewish woman’s unbreakable bond help them endure the horrors of the holocaust. Soon after their liberation, he is re-arrested under the same Nazi law. She now has to find the strength and courage to try to set him free.

  • Can You See Me?

    Can You See Me? (2020)
    Film (short) by Lorn Films (Drama) Director/Writer/Producer After the funeral of their mother, siblings Daniel and Karen are forced to confront a past that Karen can’t stop reliving and one that Daniel barely remembers.

  • Our stories/Nuestras Historias

    Our stories/Nuestras Historias (2020)
    Documentary by Lorn Films (Drama) Director/Writer/Producer Filmmaker Yael Deynes takes you inside the lives of the people of Puerto Rico before, during and after the devastation of Hurricane Maria.

  • Urges

    Urges (2020)
    Film (short) by Lorn Films (Comedy) Director/Writer/Producer On the day that marks the 7th year of Carlos’ journey to achieving priesthood, he receives a surprise visit that could challenge his decision.

  • A Beautiful Day

    A Beautiful Day (2019)
    Film (short) by Lorn Films (Drama) Director/Writer/Producer I used to wake up every morning and say to myself it's going to be A beautiful day. Now, The only thing I wish for is to wake up and once again say to myself, it's going to be A beautiful day.

  • La Pasión De Puerto Rico

    La Pasión De Puerto Rico (2019)
    Film (short) by Lorn Films (Drama) Director/Writer/Producer

  • Legacy

    Legacy (2018)
    Film (short) by Lorn Films (Drama) Director/Writer/Producer History is a footprint for us to trace, and learn from. Have we learned anything yet? "Legacy" remind us of a no so distant past and the future we should strive for.

  • I Am

    I Am (2018)
    Film (short) by Lorn Films (Drama) Director/Writer/Producer

  • Thank U

    Thank U (2018)
    Film (short) by Lorn Films (Short) Director/Writer/Producer

  • Our Roots

    Our Roots (2018)
    Film (short) by Lorn Films (Drama) Director/Writer/Producer Filmmaker Yael Deynes, takes you in an inspirational journey about His roots and what it means to be proud of them.

  • My Secret Lake

    My Secret Lake (2018)
    Film (short) by Lorn Films (Drama) Director/Writer/Producer (Based on a true story) When Cristian invites Angel to his home after not seeing him for a year, his plans to remember happy become overshadowed by the scars of a troubled past.

  • Shine

    Shine (2017)
    Film (short) by Lorn Films (Drama) Director/Writer/Producer "Shine" highlights, the resilience of the Puerto Rican spirit. And no matter how dark things get, you should never forget the light inside of you.

  • One voice

    One voice (2017)
    Film by Lorn Films (Short) Director/Writer/Producer Filmmaker Yael Deynes teams up with Boricua activate in this inspiring video about the power that one voice can make.

  • Who we Are

    Who we Are (2017)
    Film (short) by Lorn Films (Drama) Director/Writer/Producer Not knowing the fate of his mother after hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, Filmmaker Yael Deynes put his plight a side and use his energy, to create this inspiring video to remind the people of Puerto Rico, their resilience and above all "Who We Are"

  • 175 The Journey

    175 The Journey (2016)
    Documentary by Lorn Films (Drama) Director/Writer/Producer This incredible Journey showcases life for the LGBTQ community before, during and after the defeat of the Third Reich. "175 The Journey" is an emotional documentary about Yael's fight to give back all of these victims the voice that hate and ignorance took away.

Awards

  • Telly Award "Who We Are"
    (2019)

  • My Hero International Film Festival "Who We Are"
    (2018)

  • South Cinematographic Academy Film & Arts "My Secret Lake"
    (2018)

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