Meet the Team


Christie MarcheseChristie Marchese: CEO

Christie launched Picture Motion in May 2012 with the goal of helping independent filmmakers and social issue documentaries connect with audiences. With a background is in using online platforms and connective technologies to create social change, Christie has worked on a range of films and non-profit campaigns. Previously, Christie was head of engagement and campaign development at Righteous Pictures, working on narrative and documentary films including Detachment, Terri, Deaf Jam, To Catch a Dollar: Mohammad Yunus Banks on America and The Last Survivor. During her time at Participant Media, Christie led digital strategy for the social action team and worked on the films Waiting for “Superman”, Food Inc, The Cove, Countdown to Zero, and Casino Jack, among many others. Prior to a career with documentary film media, Christie ran online campaign development for Norman Lear’s youth civic participation nonprofit, Declare Yourself, and spent time at Human Rights Watch and the International Rescue Committee. Christie has spoken around the world – from Sundance and SXSW, to the Peruvian Government and youth in Pakistan – on using connective technology and storytelling to promote democracy and create social change. Receiving her BA from SDSU, Christie double majored in International Security and Conflict Resolution (ISCOR) and Comparative Religions, with a concentration in Arabic and the Middle East.

Wendy Cohen: President 

Wendy is the President of Picture Motion playing a leading role in business development, strategic planning, managing campaigns and digital strategy. Prior to joining the Picture Motion family, Wendy was the Senior Director of Film Campaigns at Participant Media where she developed innovative online and mobile initiatives for Charlie Wilson’s War, The Visitor, Food, Inc, The Cove, Waiting forSuperman”, Lincoln, Middle of Nowhere and A Place at the Table. Wendy was born and raised in Montreal and began her career in film in 2003 as the Programmer and Outreach Coordinator for the Media That Matters Film Festival and Media That Matters: Good Food project. In 2006, she became the first Community Manager for The Huffington Post in New York City. Wendy produced Every Third Bite in 2009, an award-winning short documentary about bees hailed as a “better bee movie” by New York Magazine, she produced the 2011 Sundance Institute trailer titled Light is Love and recently completed production on her second short narrative film titled All Exchanges Final. Wendy continues to be a guest lecturer and panelist at festivals and schools around the country and has been profiled in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Hollywood Reporter and Mashable. She is a recipient of the 2010 New Leaders Council’s 40 Under 40 Leadership Award.


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Julie Kohn: Director of Partnerships

Julie comes to Picture Motion with a strong background in engaging and activating audiences and driving social impact across film, television and corporate campaigns. Prior to joining Picture Motion, Julie was the Director of Business Development at branding and marketing firm DeSantis Breindel, where she used her expertise to help clients build and maintain corporate reputation and effectively communicate corporate stories, values and missions. Previously, she served as an Associate Producer on the documentary A Place At The Table, which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and examined the hunger and obesity crises in America. After three years of working on the film side, Julie moved to documentary programming at the Tribeca Film Institute and coordinated screening events at A&E IndieFilms. Julie graduated from The George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs, where she received her B.A. in International Affairs and Geography. It is there that she honed her interest in public policy and social justice and worked on several political campaigns as well as at the United Nations. Julie is also a Big Sister in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Program and the Alumni representative of of her High School graduating class.


Alex Pearson 2Alexandra Pearson: Director of Digital Strategy 

With a diverse background in political campaigns, media advocacy, and journalism, and a deep passion for social justice and environmental issues, Alexandra is an asset to every impact campaign she’s on. ​She has been with Picture Motion since 2013 and currently leads strategy and implementation for a range of impact campaigns. Most recently she ran the ​ broadcast premieres for​ The Lion’s Mouth Opens (HBO)​ and The Homestretch​ (PBS)​, developed institutional and academic partnerships for The Whiteness Project, ​helped project manage the creation of an interactive game around Little White Lie, ​and developed ​a campaign engagement plan for Romeo is Bleeding. Prior to joining Picture Motion, Alexandra Pearson served as a Communication Specialist at the Weill Cornell Medical College’s NYC Elder Abuse Center and a ​research assistant for ​authors Katherine Stewart​ and Mark Crispin Miller​. Alexandra received her MA in Media, Culture, and Communication from the Steinhardt School at New York University, where she focused on political persuasion and media systems. She also holds a BS in Political Communication from Emerson College in Boston. Alex has written on film and social action for The Huffington Post and ​PBS’ Documentaries Blog, and guest lectured at General Assembly. She currently sits on both the Programming and Documentaries committees at NYWIFT. Alex is also responsible for developing the partnership between Picture Motion and The Door to create a New Media Career Fellowship position to help provide professional development opportunities for young adults who are currently out of work and out of school, many with insecure housing.

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Megan Ryan: Director of Impact Distribution @Megeveryan

Megan is a founding member of the Picture Motion team. In her role as an Impact Campaign Director, Megan oversees the development and implementation of a range of campaigns. Megan graduated from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Ford School of Public Policy, where she spent years learning how inspired individuals and determined groups can make profound impact on our society. Prior to starting with Picture Motion, Megan worked with the Mega-Cities Project, a transnational non-profit network of leaders dedicated to sharing innovative solutions the common problems their cities face. Megan’s work at Picture Motion focuses on strategy, outreach and managing our grassroots screening tours. She is currently overseeing distribution for Keepers of the Game and The Last Animals. She is an Expert is Resident at the IFP Media Center and recently presented on behalf of Racing Extinction at the Georgetown Oceans Summit. Megan also recently climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro.




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Emma Ho: Director of Special Projects @emmaho13

Emma lead’s Picture Motion’s strategic partnerships and creative impact campaigns, with an emphasis on international women’s issues. She has spoken about her work at the IFP Media Center and guest lectures at Girls’ School NET. Prior to working at Picture Motion, Emma worked at Andoscia Communications, a strategic communications, marketing and public relations agency specializing in luxury, lifestyle and media brands. Emma’s strong background in PR and marketing as well as her passion for documentary film enables her to provide multi-disciplinary solutions to clients at Picture Motion. Emma received her Master’s Degree in Media Studies at The New School with a concentration in new media, documentary, and film and has an Honors BA degree in Art History at Queens University in Kingston, Canada and a graduate certificate in Public Relations at NYU.






Kait Halibozek: Impact Distribution Manager @KaitHalibozek

Kait joined the LA Picture Motion team in 2015. Her prior experience is in media brand strategy and television production. In her former position at brand and content strategy firm Audience Theory, she was responsible for research and social media and content analysis as it pertained to current trends in the television space. Prior to that, she was a member of TakePart Agency Group, Participant Media’s cause marketing arm. Kait earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Film Studies from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, in 2010, where she also discovered her passion for social issues including women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, and climate change. In November 2015 she led a breakout session for alumni on impact measurement at Wesleyan’s first-ever Social Impact Summit. Kait also volunteers as a Class Agent for her Wesleyan class, interviews prospective freshmen through her alumni interviewer program, and is her alma mater’s alumni representative for the Los Angeles area.




Shadi Garman: Social Media Coordinator

Shadi recently joined the Picture Motion team to support digital strategy efforts through social media. Shadi was born in Iran, raised near Seattle, and has happily lived in New York since 2014. Prior to working at Picture Motion, she has managed social media for a wide variety of organizations, from nonprofits to digital agencies. She has earned an International Affairs MA with a Media and Culture concentration from the New School, and a Human Services BA from Western Washington University. During both programs, she spent time working in South Africa. Shadi is also a freelance photographer.







Kibret-Yebetit (1)Kibret Yebetit: Impact Campaign Coordinator

Primarily focusing on Impact Distribution, Kibret comes to Picture Motion from the non-profit world. She previously worked in communication and outreach work for a range of human rights organizations, including Amnesty International, WITNESS and Bike New York. At WITNESS she worked directly with citizen journalists, aiding them in using the platform for their work, as well as served as the official YouTube Channel Curator, where she was responsible for finding, verifying and sourcing videos posted by citizen journalists around the world. Kibret also spent time working in video and documentary production. She worked as a Production Assistant for Four Corners Media where she contributed on documentary films for Al Jazeera America. Her work has always tried to address human rights and social justice issues through film and she’s excited to help powerful stories get told with Picture Motion. She’s also super smart as she earned a BA in Human Rights and Political Science from Barnard College. The issues she is most active in are Women’s Rights and Immigrant Rights. Kibret is a Queens native and an obsessive “Another Round” podcast listener!


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André Augustine: Impact Campaign Coordinator

With a focus on Partnerships and Special Projects, André comes to Picture Motion with a mix of related experiences in media, entertainment, and social justice work. Prior to Picture Motion, Andre has had three internships within the Viacom family. Last year, he was a Marketing, Events and Educational Outreach intern at the Get Schooled Foundation where he assisted on various campaigns to engage middle and high school students in their education. He also executed “DJ Dance Party” and “Celebrity Principal for the Day” events for schools across the country. Prior to Get Schooled, Andre was a Public Relations intern at EPIX where he assisted on press campaigns for EPIX’s original documentaries, such as David Ortiz: In The Moment, Altman and Forgotten Four. He was also a Corporate Communications intern at Viacom and worked closely with the Corporate Social Responsibility team to promote efforts of philanthropy throughout the Viacom brands. Andre was born and raised in the “boogie down” Bronx, New York. He also attended Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin through the Posse Foundation (with a full tuition scholarship) where he studied History and Ethnic Studies. In college, Andre developed a passion for addressing social justice issues related to racial injustice, LGBTQ rights, women’s rights and education reform. He hopes to continue to shed light on these issues through the power of film at Picture Motion.

Picture Motion Interns

We love our PicMo interns. We owe much of our great work to their help, hard work and dedication to learning. Check out the rockstars we have this semester. And give them jobs when they graduate college!

Screen Shot 2017-01-20 at 5.45.42 PMTaylor Jones: Los Angeles Intern

Taylor is a student intern at Picture Motion Los Angeles with a strong background in documentary film, social advocacy and political identities and behaviors. Prior to joining Picture Motion, Taylor traveled to Medellín Colombia for two summers completing three short films on community narratives of displacement, violence and racial inequality within Medellín. Taylor has also traveled to South Africa to study comparative politics and the effects of political disenfranchisement on current urbanization patterns in Durban South Africa and the American south. Taylor was selected as a Deans Summer Research Fellow as well as a John Hope Franklin Award recipient for her work in documentary film. Her most recent project “The Elephant in the Room: Youth, Poverty and Trauma” will be screening at the Poverty, Privilege and Place exhibit this spring in Durham North Carolina. Taylor is a junior at Duke University studying political science and policy, journalism and media studies and she is currently studying at USC this semester.

DavidDavid Quintas: New York City Intern

David Quintas is a Junior at Columbia University where he is pursuing degrees in Political Science and Film Studies. At Columbia, he is currently the President of the Hillel Executive Board, an editor for Double Exposure: the Undergraduate Film Journal, and a member of the Undergraduate Recruitment Committee. He is from Evanston, IL and enjoys running, reading, and taking a good nap.


Emmett Werbel: New York City Intern

Emmett is thrilled to be interning at Picture Motion’s New York office. He is from Brooklyn, but originally from Burlington, Vermont. He is currently a freshman at Columbia University, studying Political Science and American Studies. In the past, he has worked on various political campaigns and as a constituent services intern for U.S. Representative Carolyn Maloney, and coordinated political discussion and activism in his high school. Emmett is particularly excited about working on social media strategies at Picture Motion, and is passionate about issues of criminal justice reform and climate change. In his free time, Emmett can be found exploring New York by bicycle.

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Kayla Carroll: New York City Intern

Kayla Carroll is from a small town on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii and is currently in her senior year of undergraduate study at NYU’s Tisch where she is studying Film & TV with a focus in documentary and minoring in Social Work. Kayla has studied away in Havana, Cuba where she directed and produced a couple short documentaries including YISSY: A Woman’s Beat in Cuban Music that screened at the Fundacion de Lugwig and was a finalist in the New Visions and Voices Film Festival. She is currently in pre-production for another short documentary film she will be working on in Alaska this summer. Kayla has also been a production designer on various short films, music videos, and commercials. She has recently traveled to Managua, Nicaragua through a sustainable tourism program with Comunidad Connect where she worked in youth development with Los Quinchos. Kayla believes in fighting for what she believes in through grand gestures and protesting, everyday commitments, and voting with her dollar. An avid lover of raw storytelling, Kayla enjoys documenting little moments and rambling on too much about her awkward daily encounters.

image005 (1)Daniela Rebellon: Los Angeles Intern

Dani is currently a senior at Boston University. As a business administration student concentrating in Marketing & Public Relations. She has worked on several marketing/advertising campaigns for different companies and industries; including pharma and media tech. In her final semester at BU she has chosen to come out to Los Angeles as part of the BU Entertainment Management program to learn more about the industry and eventually move out here. She is really excited to be part of a team that aims to create movements and mobilize change through films. She was born in Colombia, raised in Miami, and after surviving the scorching heat of the equator went to Boston for college. She’s obsessed with French anything and ice cream — any and all suggestions are welcome.

image1 (3) (1)Arantxa Sanchez: Los Angeles Intern

Arantxa is a MS candidate in Media Ventures at Boston University. Currently, she is developing a language-learning platform for young children to become Bilingual in English and Spanish. Her background is in public relations, working for a financial services PR agency and for education clients at a mid-size PR agency in New York City, developing media campaigns and establishing relationships with the media. Prior to her PR career, she dedicated a year of national service with City Year, helping to reduce the achievement gap and to lower the drop-out rate. She enjoys to travel within and outside of the country, embracing new cultures, and has a passion for multiculturalism by fighting for human rights.