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    inside red onion state prison

    premiering on HBO in 2017

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    a timely & refreshingly unbiased look

    at how farm animals are raised for our consumption.

    in theaters now

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    in the gun debate,

    truth is the ultimate weapon.

    available now on iTunes

What We Do

Picture Motion is the leading marketing and advocacy firm for issue driven films. We work with filmmakers and change makers to amplify awareness, expose injustice, and drive activism, with the goal of advancing social change. With offices in Los Angeles, New York and Washington D.C., we provide unmatched experience, services and influence. This powerful combination allows us to seamlessly handle all aspects of a social action campaign, from strategy & planning to project management and activation. Depending on the type of impact our partner is committed to, tactics can include partnership development, grassroots screening tours, digital engagement, policy & government relations, and impact measurement. Films can change the world. We make sure they do.

  • Social Action Strategy

    Through research and discovery we develop a comprehensive strategic plan and budget for your film’s social action campaign.

  • Partnership Development

    We are the experts in finding the experts, and we work with these experts to build and execute the film’s campaign

  • Grassroots Screenings

    We book the film on national and international screening tours, designed to maximize views and impact

  • Online Engagement

    Web, social media, email or mobile – we will build you and online engagement campaigns to meet your goals.

  • Measurement

    We use social media and conversation tracking tools on all our campaigns, and partner with others to measure and analyze the film’s resulting impact.

  • Consulting

    We work on a monthly campaign rate, but also provide consulting in any of the above areas at an hourly rate

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Film Campaigns

Since 2012, we've had the pleasure of working on over 45 films and impact campaigns. Right now, our projects are focused on creating new avenues for discussing criminal justice reform in U.S., raising awareness around the effects of poverty on our education system, addressing community violence through artistic expression, supporting conversations on feminism with millennials, saving endangered species and curbing climate change, and calling for gun violence prevention solutions in America. Check out these brilliant films and how they are creating lasting social change.

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    Disturbing the Peace

    About the Film Disturbing the Peace follows a group of former enemy combatants – Israeli soldiers from the most elite units, and Palestinian fighters, many of whom...

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    At The Fork

    About the Film Filmmaker and omnivore John Papola, together with his vegetarian wife Lisa, offer up a timely and refreshingly unbiased look at how farm animals are...

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    About the Film In director Justin Tipping’s feature debut Kicks, nothing is as simple as it seems. 15-year-old Brandon longs for a pair of the freshest sneakers...

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    About the Film French Muslim teenager, MARIAM, must choose between her hijab & school when France passes a law in 2004 banning religious symbols from public schools....

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    Under The Gun

    About the Film From the team that brought you FED UP comes a new film that will transform the conversation around guns in the US. The massacre at Sandy Hook was seen as...

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    About the Film When the most powerful lobbyist in Florida discovers that the nanny has sexually abused his daughter, he harnesses his extraordinary political power to...



    About the Film Filmed with exceptional access over the course of a year, SOLITARY explores the lives of inmates and corrections officers in one of America’s most...

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    COPD: Highly Illogical – A Tribute to...

    About the Film COPD: Highly Illogical – A Special Tribute to Leonard Nimoy is an upcoming documentary about the life and legacy of the late Leonard Nimoy,...

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    Left on Purpose

    About the Film Midway through the filming of a documentary about his life as an anti war activist, Mayer Vishner declares that his time has passed and that his last...

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    The Bad Kids

    About the Film Located in an impoverished Mojave Desert community, Black Rock Continuation High School is one of California’s alternative schools for students at risk...

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    Where to Invade Next

    About the Film Directed by Michael Moore and Produced By Michael Moore, Tia Lessin and Carl Deal WHERE TO INVADE NEXT is an expansive, hilarious, and subversive comedy...

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    The Return

    About the Film THE RETURN, directed by Kelly Duane de la Vega and Katie Galloway and produced by Ariella Ben-Dov, Kelly Duane de la Vega, and Katie Galloway, tells the...

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    About the Film Directed by award-winning filmmaker Kim Snyder and produced by Maria Cuomo Cole, NEWTOWN is a documentary filmed over the course of nearly three years....

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    Death by Design

    About the Film Death by Design explores the deadly environmental and social costs of the manufacturing and disposal of technology products and digital devices. From...

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    Best and Most Beautiful Things

    About the Film Off a dirt road in Bangor, Maine, a precocious 20-year-old woman named Michelle Smith lives with her mother Julie. Michelle is quirky and charming,...

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    Audrie and Daisy

    About the Film Audrie & Daisy tells the story of two teenage girls (Audrie Pott and Daisy Coleman) who went to parties, drank alcohol, passed out, and were sexually...

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    Romeo Is Bleeding

    About the Film ROMEO IS BLEEDING is a documentary that follows Donté Clark, a young poet in Richmond, CA, a community which struggles with gun violence stemming from a...

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    Little White Lie

    About the Film Little White Lie tells Lacey Schwartz’s story of growing up in a typical upper-middle-class Jewish household in Woodstock, NY, with loving parents and a...

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    The Yes Men Are Revolting

    About the Film For the last 20 years, notorious activists the Yes Men have staged outrageous and hilarious hoaxes to draw international attention to corporate crimes...

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    The Human Experiment

    About the Film The Human Experiment lifts the veil on the shocking reality that thousands of untested chemicals are in our everyday products, our homes, and inside of...

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    In My Father’s House

    About the Film Set against the crumbling landscape of Chicago’s South Side, IN MY FATHER’S HOUSE is a yearlong journey from homelessness and alcoholism to...

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Meet the Team

Our team has diverse and complimentary backgrounds in film marketing, independent film distribution, production, PR, education, activism and politics.

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    Christie Marchese

    Founder & CEO

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    Wendy Cohen

    President, Los Angeles

  • Heidi Nel

    Heidi Nel

    President, Washington DC

  • Darcy Heusel

    Darcy Heusel

    SVP, Impact Campaigns

  • Julie Kohn

    Julie Kohn

    Director, Impact Campaigns

  • Alex Pearson

    Alexandra Pearson

    Director, Impact Campaigns

  • Megan Ryan

    Megan Ryan

    Director, Impact Campaigns

  • Emma Ho

    Emma Ho

    Director, Special Projects

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    Jule Hall

    Campaign & Operations Coordinator

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    Kait Halibozek

    Campaign Coordinator

  • Charlie Crocker

    Charlie Crocker

    Campaign Coordinator

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Read Our Blog

We learn from every campaign we work on, and want to share that knowledge with you. Check out our blog for engagement campaign and distribution tips, as well as case studies from our favorite campaigns.

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What We’re Saying

The impact + film space is an incredible community of storytellers, activists, creators and influencers. We like to do our part by sharing what we’ve learned from our campaigns at conferences, film festivals and via popular film blogs.

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American Promise is a multimedia campaign in which the documentary film serves as a point of entry into a larger conversation about how we can better understand and support African-American boys both academically, socially and emotionally.
– Darcy Heusel, Deadline.com

Don’t waste your time trying to make an audience work when it doesn’t. – Megan Ryan, Sundance.com

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We want to hear from you! Tell us what your working on and how you want to work with us. Just fill out the form on the left. Please include links to any media for your project, as well as any established goals and key dates.

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