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    Films can change the world.

     

    We make sure they do.

     

  • AMERICAN PROMISE
    Empowering parents to

    aid in their children’s

    academic, social and

    emotional success.

    now in theaters

  • FIRST GENERATION

    Screening in high schools

    across the country to increase

    college application rates.

    currently on tour

  • RICH HILL
    Opening up a

    conversation

    on rural poverty.

    premiering at sundance 2014

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    FED UP

    Combating the misinformation

    campaign orchestrated by

    Big Food and aided and abetted

    by the U.S. Government.

    in theaters May 2014

What We Do

Picture Motion is a team of social impact strategists that use the power of stories to accelerate change. We work with filmmakers, distributors, funders and non-profits with inspiring films and media. Our campaigns raise awareness, educate and motivate audiences to think critically and be active, engaged citizens. We do this by harnessing the power of strategic partnerships, social media, web & mobile technology, community screenings, research and grassroots marketing. When the credits roll, we answer the question: “what can I do now?”

  • Impact Strategy

    We will develop a comprehensive strategic plan for the film’s audience engagement or social impact 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

2013 has been a compelling and competitive year for documentaries, particularly for impact films. Right now we're working on improving the American education system, ending hate campaigns in Uganda, fighting Islamaphobia in America, and increasing accessibility in NYC. Check out these brilliant films and how they are creating lasting social change.

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    Fed Up

    About the Film Thirty years ago the U.S. Government issued its first ever dietary guidelines and with it one of the greatest health epidemics of our time ensued. In her...

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    This Time Next Year

    About the Film This Time Next Year tracks the resilience of the Long Beach Island, NJ community for one year as they rebuild after 2012’s Hurricane Sandy. Using a...

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    God Loves Uganda

    About the Film God Loves Uganda is a powerful exploration of the Fundamentalist Evangelical campaign to change African culture with values imported from America’s...

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    A River Changes Course

    About the Film A River Changes Course is a story about three brave, young Cambodians, but it is also a story about all of us as we chart the course of our lives in a...

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    Inequality for All

    About the Film Inequality for All examines the crisis of widening income inequality in the US through the eyes and the influential work of Robert Reich.   About the...

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    MTV’s Rebel Music

    About the Film Rebel Music is a powerful new six-part series that looks into the lives of young people who are using art and music to ignite change around the world....

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    American Promise

    About the Film American Promise is a 12 year documentary journey on black male achievement. The film puts human faces to the unique social and emotional needs of black...

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    Food Chains

    About the Film Food Chains explores the exploitation of farm workers in the agriculture industry in the United States, the complicity of government and corporations in...

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    The Crash Reel

    About the Film Directed by Lucy Walker, The Crash Reel follows the “fall and rise” of U.S. champion snowboarder Kevin Pearce after he receives a traumatic brain...

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    Rich Hill

    About the Film Simply put, Rich Hill, is an examination of challenges, hopes and dreams of the young residents of a rural American town. The film follows three boys for...

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    First Generation

    About the Film The film is an inspiring documentary that explores the problem of college access faced by first generation and low-income students. The film tells the...

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    Fruitvale Station

    About the Film Fruitvale Station is the true story of Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident who was shot and killed by the police at the Fruitvale BART station on...

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    The Muslims Are Coming!

    About the Film The Muslims are Coming! follows a band of Muslim-American comedians as they visit big cities, small towns, rural villages, and everything in between to...

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    BULLY

    About the Film BULLY follows five kids and families over the course of a school year giving an intimate glimpse into bullying at schools and offering insight as...

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    When I Walk

    About the Film In 2006, 25-year-old Jason DaSilva was on vacation at the beach with family when, suddenly, he fell down. He couldn’t get back up. His legs had stopped...

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    ESCAPE FIRE: The Fight to Rescue American...

    ESCAPE FIRE: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare examines the powerful forces maintaining the status quo, a medical industry designed for quick fixes rather than...

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    Herman’s House

    The injustice of solitary confinement and the transformative power of art are explored in Herman’s House, a feature documentary that follows the unlikely friendship...

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    Code of the West

    About the Film At a time when the world is rethinking its drug policies large and small, one state rises to the forefront. Once a pioneer in legalizing medical...

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    SPEAK

    About the Film SPEAK is a documentary film about the fear of public speaking, and the Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking.  Filmmakers Paul Galichia and...

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    It’s a Girl

    About the Film In India, China and many other parts of the world today, girls are killed, aborted and abandoned simply because they are girls. The United Nations...

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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

    Executive Director

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    Wendy Cohen

    Principal, Los Angeles

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    Heidi Nel

    Principal, Washington DC

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    Darcy Heusel

    Senior Director of Strategy

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    Megan Ryan

    Manager, Campaign Engagement

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    Alexandra Pearson

    Manager, Campaign Engagement

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    Rebecca Stern

    Manager, Campaign Operations

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    Emma Ho

    Coordinator, Campaign Engagement

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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

Say Hi!

We want to hear from you! Tell us what your working on and how your interested in working 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 timeline.

45 Main Street, Suite 506, Brooklyn NY 11201

hello@picturemotion.com.com

718-243-9300

www.picturemotion.com


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