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.


MikePicMo-1Michael Denton: Vice President of Campaign Strategy @dentonmd

Michael is Picture Motion’s Vice President of Campaign Strategy driving impactful creative social action campaigns for film and media projects. Leveraging 10 plus years of strategy and impact experience, Michael will lead the Partnerships and Digital Divisions of Picture Motion and co-lead the Strategy Division with CEO, Christie Marchese. Before joining Picture Motion, Michael devoted more than 10 years to Code/Interactive, a nonprofit that focuses on eliminating the representation gap in technology careers across lines of ethnicity, income, and gender/expression. During his time as CEO, the organization moved from serving 22 underserved students in the Bronx to more than 5,000 students nationwide each year. He has been recognized as a leader in the diversity in tech movement by, the White House, and the Congressional Education and Workforce Committee for these accomplishments as well as founding the Diversity In Tech Awards. Michael has been profiled for his work by the New York Observer, who named him as a Top Young Philanthropist, and New York’s PIX11 who featured him as a Change Maker in New York City.




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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: 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!



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.


Kayla Kaipolani: Administrative Coordinator

Kayla Kaipolani Carroll is from a small town on the North Shore of O’ahu, Hawai’i. She graduated from New York University where she studied Film & TV with a focus in Documentary and minored in Social Work. While at NYU, Kayla directed a couple short documentaries in Havana, Cuba including, YISSY: A Woman’s Beat in Cuban Music that screened at the Fundacion de Ludwig and was a finalist in the New Visions and Voices Film Festival. She has worked in documentary film production with Pentimento Productions, film publicity with Cinetic Media, and art direction with the T.V. show Elementary on CBS. She is also a freelance production designer for short films and music videos. Kayla believes that film is a powerful tool and she aims to address social issues and work to protect human rights through film here 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!


Gaby Lopez: New York City Intern

Gaby PhotoGaby is a rising junior in the SC Johnson College of Business at Cornell University where she is receiving a degree in Hotel Administration and concentrating in Marketing. She is from Stamford, Connecticut and will be interning in our New York office this summer. At Cornell, she is a Multimedia producer for the Cornell Daily Sun and works as a Room Service server at the on campus hotel. She is also heavily involved in her business fraternity, Phi Chi Theta. Gaby has a strong background in filmmaking and is currently beginning her career in marketing. In her free time, she loves to cook, work on her screenplay, and watch an unhealthy amount of Netflix.

_MP_7745Khephren Spigner: Los Angeles Intern

Originally from Southern California, Khephren attends school at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, double majoring in Film and Sociology. Outside of academics he works within the Admissions Office planning events and engaging with prospective high school students as well as working with children at the local children’s museum. Khephren also balances playing varsity football, singing in an a cappella group, and running several clubs focused on issues of social justice such as Invisible Men and the Edgar Beckham Social Justice Awards Committee. Previously he has interned at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum as the Programming Intern where he was responsible for day to day operations as well as major summer events. Through his school and work Khephren has learned his passion for helping people and believes in using his position to help improve others’ lives, whether through film or social reform.

IMG_9081Madisen Gray: Los Angeles Intern

Madisen is a Los Angeles native now attending New York University for her undergraduate degree. She has worked with Jumpstart, a company that works to help level the playing field for pre-schoolers from low socio-economic classes so they may enter primary education at the same level​​ as their peers from higher socio-economic classes. She enjoys volunteering with children, learning new languages, and exploring and traveling in her free time. She is excited to work with Picture Motion to continue her passion for improving education for children, as well as increasing human rights through film by raising awareness of social issues.

Cropped PicHunter VanderZwaag: New York City Intern

Hunter VanderZwaag is a Film and English major at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. Prior to Picture Motion, Hunter worked as an intern at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute in 2016. He helped to lead a Summer Filmmaking Workshop, teaching high school students how to make a short film, titled “Psychosis”, which was chosen to be screened at the West Chester Film Festival in April 2017. Hunter’s academic interests are centered on Film and English, but extend beyond those two fields to encompass various other humanities and social sciences, such as Sociology, Philosophy, Latin translation and analysis, and more recently, a course dedicated to illuminating the role of African American women in American history.

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Jake Spivack is currently a sophomore at NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. His ultimate objective is to create content that highlights social and individual progression through online media, theatre, and film.