Summer Documentary Program Alumni Profiles

In celebration of all the emerging media producers from ten years of our Summer Documentary Program, and in an effort to continue to share stories of social change, MISC is excited to profile our alumni and the inspiring work they're up to around the country. This week we're proud to introduce Adrienne Picciotto, a Mt. Holyoke College alumna who works for a film marketing company called Causeumentary. 


Education: Mt. Holyoke College, 2016 ( Film Studies and Anthropology double major)
2014 Summer Documentary Program
Video: Urban Oasis
Radio: Street Roots

What are you working on now? I have been working on the marketing for I Voted?, which is a new documentary produced by Katie Couric that explores our nation's electoral system. The film exposes the loopholes of this system to advocate for paper ballots and meaningful post-election audits. You can check out the film's website and read People Magazine's article about it here. Also, check out my company, Causeumentary, when you have the chance - we work on the marketing for films with a cause. 

What is a lasting memory from your summer with MISC?
One of my lasting memories from my summer with MISC is the end-of-program soiree, where my class presented our summer's work to the Portland community. The soiree made me realize how powerful documentary art is for communicating with the public - after the presentation, someone from a local Portland television station approached to ask if he could broadcast the short documentary my partner and I worked on to about 45,000 families affected by our piece's subject matter. That moment still sits fresh in my mind - the community gathering, the friends I made standing proudly by their work, and a socially-conscious local who wanted to use our film to spread awareness about an issue to those affected.

Can you recommend a film, podcast, book, or media work?
I would recommend the podcast Another Round. Hosted by Tracy Clayton and Heben Nigatu, the show discusses intersectional feminism, race, gender, politics, and pop culture - with booze, of course. In addition to being informative and downright hilarious, the podcast has hosted an array of high-profile interviewees, most notably Hillary Rodham Clinton and Ta Nehisi Coates, respectively. Everyone should check it out.

Thanks for sharing your work with us, Adrienne! Watch the trailer for I voted? below and learn more about the Summer Documentary Program

How do you know your vote counts? Executive produced by Katie Couric, I Voted? premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival.