About Diane and Harmaxi Production
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We at Harmaxi Productions have hit the ground running! Harmaxi is newly formed, yet Diane Uniman (writer and lyricist) and her writing partner Kevin M. Cotter (music) have already captivated scores of film festival judges and critics on an international scale for our screenplays, musicals, and dramas, including prestigious venues such as The Beverly Hills International Film Festival, The Boston International Film Festival, the Moondance international Film Festival (voted the "third most important film festival in the world" after Cannes and Sundance in an online poll of 150,000 international film industry professionals), and home grown recognition... winning best Musical Score in a feature at The Garden State International Film Festival! Our projects have been winning because of our unique and fresh voice, integrating our trademark style of humor punctuated with pathos and the power of glorious music. We achieve something deeply moving and soulful, even where we are unabashedly funny.
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Our vision for Harmaxi is threefold: the production of projects with artistic inventiveness and irrepressible energy that promote a vision for a better world; the emergence of the Cotter-Uniman team as one of the preeminent composer-lyricist partnerships of our time; and the creation of a continuous body of work that transforms us as it transforms you.



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Diane Uniman is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of The University of Pennsylvania, writer and criminal justice appeals attorney.

Diane wrote the book and lyrics for the romantic musical comedy TINK!  with composer Kevin M. Cotter.  Selections from TINK! were performed at “Broadway's Future Songbook Series” - presented by Arts and Artists at St. Paul, directed by John Znidarsic at The New York Public Library for The Performing Arts, Bruno Walter Auditorium, Lincoln Center.  TINK! songs directed by Julie Kramer, who directed and adapted “The Best of Everything” (New York Times Critics' Pick) at HERE. Sung by Alicia Sable (“Alpha House” with John Goodman; “Gypsy” with Patti LuPone).  Musical director Karl Michael Johnson.

TINK! songs so delighted the producers of this series, the Cotter/Uniman team was commissioned to write an original holiday song for Broadway’s Future @ Lincoln Center “Holiday Songbook,” a concert of holiday music by Broadway composers and lyricists, sung by Broadway vocalists, performed at the Bruno Walter Auditorium, Lincoln Center. Their song, “Holiday Thrills,” was directed by Julie Kramer, sung by Alicia Sable, Musical direction and arrangement by Karl Michael Johnson.  Chorus by Metropolitones.

A short concert version of TINK! was performed at Cornelia Street Café theater as part of New George Trunk Show, directed by Julie Kramer, musical direction Karl Michael Jonson.  It was so well received, Cornelia Street immediately asked the writers to mount a longer concert version, which was performed in front of a sold out crowd.  Director Julie Kramer, musical director Karl Michael Johnson.  Tink (Alicia Sable); Hook (Tim Cusak); Margaret (Lindsey Spohler).

A Workshop Production for TINK! was directed by Michael Bobbitt at ADVENTURE THEATRE, MD, 2009.

TINK! won The Indie Gathering - BEST MUSICAL FEATURE; Gloria International Film Festival - BEST SCREENPLAY; The Garden State International Film Festival - BEST MUSIC IN A HOMEGROWN FEATURE; Moondance International Film Festival – WINNER BEST KID’S LIBRETTO; Queens International Film Festival OFFICIAL SELECTION; Beverly Hills International Film Festival - NOMINATION GOLDEN PALM AWARD FOR BEST SCREENPLAY; Buffalo/Niagara International Film Festival - FINALIST BEST SCREENPLAY; Reelheart Toronto International Film festival – NOMINATION BEST SCREENPLAY; Barebones International Film Festival – NOMINATION BEST SCREENPLAY; Action On International Film Festival - NOMINATION BEST SCREENPLAY;  Wild Sound International Film Festival – FINALIST BEST SCREENPLAY; Buffalo/Niagara International Film Festival - FINALIST BEST SCORE.

Diane’s screenplay, PYRAMID SCHEME  (score by Kevin M. Cotter) won Beverly Hills International Film Festival BEST COMEDY AND FIRST RUNNER UP GOLDEN PALM AWARD FOR BEST SCREENPLAY; Indie Gathering – BEST SCREENPLAY COMEDY; Pocono Mountain International Film Festival – BEST COMEDY AND FIRST RUNNER UP BEST SCREENPLAY; Action On International Film Festival – NOMINATION BEST COMEDY SCENE; Boston International Film Festival – NOMINATION BEST SCREENPLAY; Buffalo/Niagara International Film festival – FINALIST BEST SCREENPLAY; Gloria International Film Festival – NOMINATION BEST SCREENPLAY; Filmakers.Com International Film Awards - FINALIST; Queens International Film Festival – OFFICIAL SELECTION BEST SCREENPLAY; Beaufort International Film Festival – FINALIST BEST SCREENPLAY; Moondance International Film Festival – FINALIST BEST FILM SCORE; Wild Sound nomination – FINALIST.

Diane’s screenplay ADMISSION IMPOSSIBLE, written with Marla Cukor, won LA Film and Script Festival BEST COMEDY SCRIPT; Hollywood Screenplay Contest – FINALIST BEST COMEDY SCRIPT; Beverly Hills International Film Festival OFFICIAL SELECTION; Barebones International Film Festival - OFFICIAL SELECTION.

Her short dramatic stage play “FIREWORKS” won Moondance International Film Festival BEST DRAMATIC STAGE PLAY; was a WINNING SELECTION at “Westplay Dream Tree Playwright’s Project” produced at Westbeth Community Center Theater; and WINNING SELECTION for original reading at The Legacy Playwrights’ Festival, The Producer’s Club, New York City.

Diane is published with Warner/Chappell Music with rock star Glen Burtnik of Styx. Her poetry won the tri-state New Jersey Dramatists’ award, Honorable Mention in The Writer’s Place poetry competition, and she was a featured poet at The Painted Bride Poetry Festival. She is also an opera singer who sang with The New Jersey State Opera Chorus.


 

 

 

 

 


Kevin M. Cotter
(Composer) was born in Buffalo, New York and is a graduate of Princeton University, where he won the prestigious senior thesis prize for his work in genetics. Kevin’s passion for music led him to become a concert pianist and composer whose performances focus on classical improvisation. Kevin had some formal training, however, he is largely self-taught. Kevin’s concerts are known to offer a unique experience. He takes the listener on a melodic journey using chord progressions and layering of sounds both recognizable and original, and within a classical framework, the music ranges from jazz to pop to classical and back. The improvisational aspect creates an actual exchange with the general atmosphere and perceived mood of the crowd in each individual performance. He has performed his original compositions in notable venues such as Cami Hall, Princeton University, and The Ukrainian Institute of America and for U.S. Olympic fundraisers. Kevin has produced two CD’s under Play-It Productions, titled Winter Solstice and Fortunate Fall. He is currently working on a third CD.

Kevin went on to become a two-time Olympian (‘96 and 2000) and gold medalist World Champion in rowing. Kevin coached lightweight rowing at Princeton and continues to guest coach. He is Senior Associate Director of Annual Giving at Princeton.

Kevin has won numerous awards as a composer including for TINK!, BEST MUSIC IN A HOME GROWN FEATURE - Garden State International Film Festival; - The Indie Gathering- BEST MUSICAL FEATURE; Buffalo/Niagara International Film Festival - FINALIST BEST SCORE; Action On International Film Festival – FINALIST BEST SCORE.

Kevin won FINALIST BEST SCORE for the feature screenplay, PYRAMID SCHEME (script and lyrics by Diane Uniman) Moondance International Film Festival. Kevin wrote the theme song music for the short dramatic stage play “FIREWORKS” (book and lyrics by Diane Uniman) which was a WINNING SELECTION for production at “The Westplay Dream Tree Playwright’s Project,” produced at Westbeth Artists’ Community Center (sung by Eric Morace -Sopranos, Law & Order SVU). “Fireworks” was also selected for an original reading/song performance by the Legacy Playwrights’ Festival at the Producer’s Club, New York City. “Fireworks” with song also won FIRST PLACE Best Dramatic Stage Play, Moondance International Film Festival.

Selections from TINK! were performed February 2014 at “Broadway's Future Songbook Series” - presented by Arts and Artists at St. Paul and directed by John Znidarsic at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center. Director Julie Kramer, who directed and adapted “The Best of Everything” (New York Times Critics' Pick) at HERE. Sung by Alica Sable (“Alpha House” with John Goodman; “Gypsy” with Patti LuPone); Musical direction Karl Michael Johnson. Kevin composed the music for the original song “Holiday Thrills” (lyrics by Diane Uniman) commissioned by John Znidarsic for Broadway’s Future @ Lincoln Center “Holiday Songbook,” a concert of new holiday music by Broadway composers and lyricists, sung by Broadway vocalists, presented by Arts and Artists at St. Paul and directed by John Znidarsic, at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center.

Kevin is an entrepreneur who developed a business with uniquely sophisticated software for college admissions’ predictions and assistance. Kevin is the CEO and founder of The Academy of Muse, a nonprofit organization designed as a think tank for the advancement of artistic and philanthropic inspiration, promoting a synergy between philanthropists and artists by hosting galas, art opening, concerts and other social events.

The Cotter/Uniman team is currently working on a new musical about the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire of 1911 in New York City which revolutionized the entire labor movement in the United States. Another musical about a famous and eccentric composer is in the works.