Picture Motion Monthly Reel: June 2017

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June is always a particularly joyful month at Picture Motion HQ. As the weather warms up, we feel a renewed sense of purpose and drive at work, balancing out the annual summer vacation wanderlust. The arrival of a fresh crop of summer interns has helped amplify our appreciation for our work, especially as the hardworking interns help remind us of how extremely cool you all are! As some projects wrap up and new opportunities arise, we feel so thankful to work on such a diverse variety of media.

Echoing the appreciation for diversity, Picture Motion is proudly celebrating Pride Month this June! Some colleagues marched and cheered on the streets of New York and Los Angeles, while other colleagues celebrated at home with friends and loved ones.

Oh and we are also thrilled to introduce you all to our new administrative coordinator, Kayla Kaipolani! She just joined the team this month. Welcome Kayla!


On June 19th, The Chicago Urban League hosted a screening of AMERICA DIVIDED’s criminal justice episode, “The System,” featuring celebrity correspondent Common in Chicago, Illinois. Following the screening, there was a performance by J.Period, who composed the original music in the series and is also the creator of the RISE UP! EP. As an activist and musician, J. Period’s involvement has been integral to the success of the series to resonate across audiences. He was featured alongside poet Mayda Del Valle on the post-screening panel, which was moderated by Shari Runner, President and CEO of the Chicago Urban League. Partnering with the Chicago Urban League was even more impactful because that particular episode in AMERICA DIVIDED’s eight-story, five-part series was actually filmed in Chicago. By bringing the film back to the city where the powerful footage was captured, it truly came full circle. Stream “The System” now!

CITY OF GHOSTS In Washington D.C.

Ahead of their theatrical premiere in July, CITY OF GHOSTS blew away audiences in Washington, D.C. at a screening with Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press & Reporters without Borders on June 19th. As the film portrays on both the achievements and struggles of citizen journalists risking their lives in Syria, Picture Motion is proud to be coordinating various influencer screenings in partnership with organizations that hold journalists to the highest degree. Notable attendees to this particular screening included reporters from Politico, ICFJ, and NPR as well as representatives from OSF, the Pulitzer Center, Center for Civilians in Conflict and more. One attendee shared, “Having Matt, Aziz and Hamoud there was just awesome. It really meant a lot to the audience to see the real people behind this film, and I think it made it more than just a film, it really connected them to the people.” Be sure to mark your calendars to watch CITY OF GHOSTS in NYC on July 7th and in select theaters on July 14th. Watch the trailer and find a screening near you here.

BLOOD ROAD’s Screening Tour

BLOOD ROAD chronicles a journey of hope and discovery as Rebecca Rusch, an ultra-endurance mountain bike athlete, and her Vietnamese riding partner, Huyen Nguyen, pedal 1,200 miles along the infamous Ho Chi Minh Trail to reach the crash site and final resting place of Rebecca’s father, a U.S. Air Force pilot shot down over Laos some 40 years earlier. Reflecting on her experience, Rebecca shared, “The most alarming discovery of the entire journey was learning about the vast amount of unexploded wartime ordnance that still remains and continues to threaten human lives.” Picture Motion is proud to partner with Red Bull Media House to coordinate a screening tour of BLOOD ROAD which supports Mines Advisory Group (MAG)’s work to help protect people in Laos from landmines and unexploded ordnances (UXOs) leftover from the Vietnam War. By sharing Rebecca’s incredible story and by supporting an organization as important as MAG, we hope to double the impact. Find a screening near you here.

  • Watch Episode 1 of AMERICA DIVIDED for free on Facebook
  • Buy a ticket for the July 14th NYC premiere of BIRTHRIGHT: A WAR STORY
  • Check out the teaser trailer for WHOSE STREETS?
  • Watch George and Grace, a short film about the amazing work of National Immigrant Justice Center, created with support from The Atlantic Philanthropies
  • Apply to the Kickstarter Creator In Residence program by June 28!

  • 85,101 views were logged National Geographic’s YouTube trailer for HELL ON EARTH
  • 3,126 #HRWFF social media posts were tagged for the HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH FILM FESTIVAL
  • 67 screenings confirmed nationwide for LA 92

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Fork Films announces 2017 grant recipients

(Meagan Kashty, Realscreen)

From Aleppo to L.A.

(Julia Meltzer, The New York Times)

PicMo Pride – Films for Celebrating Pride Month

(Team PicMo)

Blood Road’s Intrepid Premiere

(Rebecca Strawn, Picture Motion)

National Geographic Broadens Access to Documentary on the Impacts of Coal and America’s Energy Future with Free Streaming Release of From the Ashes

(Business Wire)

How The 18-Year-Old Behind ‘We Go Higher’ Is Bringing A New Voice To 9/11, 16 Years Later

(Taylor Ferber, Bustle)

Meet the People on the Front Lines of America’s Coal Wars

(Rachel Brown, National Geographic)

Women in Film Opens Gender Parity Discussion With New Digital Series

(Kate Erbland, Jude Dry, Zack Sharf, Chris O’Falt, IndieWire)

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