Devlo Media is an award-winning production company that marries serendipity and creativity to create striking images and polished documentary-style films. As filmmakers and photographers we are powered by an unyielding drive to compel and inspire. We capture beautiful and authentic moments that tell captivating stories about individuals and communities across the country and around the world. Our combine technical skills and artistic vision amplify our subjects’ voices and move audiences from film festival screenings to social media platforms.
Whether telling the stories of students at a small and distinctive liberal arts college in rural Vermont or bone jewelry-makers in the Kibera Slum, Kenya, our approach remains the same: we embed ourselves in our subjects’ worlds, building respect and trust in order to discover and share the essence of their unique experience. We collaborate with our clients and partners from the first moments of inspiration through to the development of distribution strategies that ensure our final cut reaches the target audience and motivates them to act.
John Lavall, Partner
An Emmy award-winning producer and director from Rhode Island, John started Devlo Media in 1997. After working on several independent narrative films, John realized his true passion lies within the genre of non-fiction films. He went on to produce several documentary films, which have gathered him several film festival awards nationally and internationally. Devlo Media has since produced projects in over 15 countries and across the US. Devlo was recently commissioned by the Al Jazeera Program, Witness, to produce the documentary film Mind Over Battle, the story of former Los Angeles gang member Javier Chavez.
Kate Kelley, Partner
An award-winning photographer and cinematographer with a polished documentary style and awareness for design and composition. Working independently as a photographer, Kate’s clients included America’s Test Kitchen, Boston Magazine, and Converse. After working with John on the film, Leh Wi Tok, as both a photographer and shooting additional photography for the film, a new love for cinematography was discovered. She works fluidly in both photography and cinematography for many diverse projects. Kate attended Massachusetts College of Art and Design where she earned a BFA in Photography, graduating with departmental honors.
Audrey Emerson, Producer
Born and raised in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, Audrey Emerson is a documentary producer and arts entrepreneur based out of Los Angeles, CA. A graduate of USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, Audrey has produced and championed projects for television, documentary film, and social impact for which she has been awarded numerous grants and awards allowing her team to uncover untold and under-represented stories on every continent. Some of her most recent projects include The Pamoja Project and Mind Over Battle, a TV-Documentary that premiered worldwide on Al Jazeera Witness. Before joining Devlo Media, Audrey worked for Creative Visions, a non-profit focused on supporting creative activism. While there, she oversaw the inaugural Spark Change Summit, a sold out convening on Social Impact Entertainment featuring leaders across the film industry.