Public Interest Pictures produces award-winning documentary films that inform the public and foster social change. Using true stories to start discussions and open minds, our modest films have won festival honors and an Emmy nod. Our documentaries have aired on HBO, Sundance Channel, and other networks both domestic and international. PIP has partnered in production and outreach with organizations such as NAACP, ACLU, and People For the American Way, and our films are widely used in classrooms. Public Interest Pictures is not just a documentary company — documentaries are an extension of our activism. READ MORE
Board of Directors
Earl Katz, President Emeritus of Public Interest Pictures and President of Creative Philanthropy, is an activist/documentary producer. He is currently Executive Producing two films, the documentary Heist and the studio film Legacy of Secrecy, slated to be released by Warner Brothers in 2013 starring Leonardo DiCaprio. His award-winning documentaries have been an adjunct to his career as a political, social justice, and environmental activist since 1970. Katz is Executive Producer of Unprecedented: The 2000 Presidential Election with Danny Glover (Sundance Channel), Unconstitutional: The War on Our Civil Liberties (Sundance Channel), Broadcast Blues, One Nation Under God, and Hacking Democracy(HBO), for which he received an Emmy® nomination.. He has been Executive Producer of numerous other documentaries including: El Barco de la Paz – The Peace Ship to Nicaragua, The CIA & World Peace, Lanzo Del Vasto: The Warrior For Peace and Only One Earth. He was the fundraiser for Winter Soldier, a documentary film for Vietnam Veterans Against the War (Cannes Film Festival Award). In 1982, Katz initiated the video production of Night of at Least a Dozen Stars – I Love Liberals, the first non-profit benefit aired on HBO. He has led several national and international peace and environmental initiatives, many under the aegis of Fellowship of Reconciliation. In 1984, his proposal won a $20 million grant from the National Park Service for the museums built at Liberty and Ellis Islands. Earl serves on the boards of: Earth Communication Office, Independent World Television and Free Speech TV.
Margery Tabankin is the Executive Director of both Steven Spielberg’s Righteous Persons Foundation and The Streisand Foundation (since 1986). Established in 1994, the Righteous Persons Foundation has made over $67 million in grants to projects that strengthen and reinvigorate Jewish life in the United States, and the Streisand Foundation has allocated over $14 million to organizations concerned with the environment, women, children, civil rights and civil liberties. From 1988 to 1994, Tabankin served as the Executive Director of the Hollywood Women’s Political Committee (HWPC). During this time, she helped establish an extremely effective and powerful women’s political organization, raising millions of dollars for progressive candidates. She also organized the entertainment industry on issues of women’s reproductive health, support for the arts and human rights around the world. From 1981 to 1988, she also was the Executive Director of the Arca Foundation, which is dedicated to supporting issues of equity, civil rights, the environment and human rights. Previously, she served as Director of Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) under President Carter from 1977-1981. Currently, Tabankin sits on the boards of several philanthropic organizations including People for the American Way, Defenders of Wildlife and the Institute for America’s Future. In addition, Tabankin produced the documentary film, Heartstrings: Peter Paul & Mary in Central America.
As a political fundraiser, Marcos Barron helped elect Al Gore, Barbara Boxer, Antonio Villaraigosa, and Hillary Clinton, all while building budgets of non-profits, ranging from Handgun Control and the National Breast Cancer Coalition to Rock the Vote and Free the Slaves. He later ran People For the American Way’s California Office where he helped defeat Ward Connerly’s divisive initiative that would have had disastrous medical and civil rights impacts throughout the state. His work in the political arena lead him to a stronger interest in the entertainment industry, beginning with grassroots marketing of documentaries to the distribution of a socially powerful full length feature, Innocent Voices.
Adam J. Schiff
Adam Schiff is Vice President at Noah Mamet & Associates and has been with the company since its inception in 2004. He is responsible for strategic initiatives to build awareness for each of the firm’s clients and their business, philanthropic and political interests. Prior to joining NM&A, Adam was an advisor and Regional Director for the Gephardt for President Campaign in Southern CA. Before joining the campaign, he was the Finance Assistant to Leader Gephardt, based at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. In 2002, Adam worked for NBC at the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and previously at the PBS Newshour with Jim Lehrer. He is a 2001 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, with a B.A. in Political Science and a concentration in Political Communications. Adam served as a Member of the Democratic National Committee’s Credentials Committee at the 2012 Convention in Charlotte and on the Platform Committee at the 2008 Convention in Denver, and currently serves as the Treasurer of the Penn Club of Los Angeles.
Holly Mosher, President of Public Interest Picture, is an award-winning filmmaker who brings socially-conscious films to the public. After graduating with honors from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Holly produced a number of commercials and feature films. In 2004 she made her directorial debut with the documentary, Hummingbird. Afterwards, she produced the critically acclaimed films Side Effects, starring Katherine Heigl, and the follow-up documentary Money Talks: Profits Before Patient Safety. She has served as a producer and executive producer on several films including: Maybe Baby, Vanishing of the Bees and FREE FOR ALL! Holly directed Bonsai People – The Vision of Muhammad Yunus, which follows Nobel Peace Prize laureate Muhammad Yunus’ work from microcredit to social business and is currently airing on American Public Television. Her films have received international press attention, and The Hollywood Reporter named her one of the top up-and-coming independent film producers.
John Wellington Ennis
John Wellington Ennis is an award-winning filmmaker. His feature films are the documentary FREE FOR ALL! and the Upright Citizens Brigade‘s political satire Wild Girls Gone, starring Amy Poehler. Ennis directed and edited the award-winning documentary on pharmaceutical negligence Money Talks: Profits Before Patient Safety. His current project, PAY 2 PLAY, explores the need for campaign finance reform. Ennis is a frequent contributor to The Huffington Post and co-founder of Video the Vote, the national poll monitoring organization. His production company Shoot First Inc. in Beverly Hills shoots and edits documentaries, Reality TV, and comedy. Ennis attended the NYU and USC film schools, and has taught documentary filmmaking at UCLA Extension.