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.

The Team


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.