Through community engagement campaigns, Community Classroom, and our flagship Indie Lens Pop-Up program, ITVS works to bring communities together and connect them with information, resources, and opportunities for education, engagement, and action.
For more than 18 years, ITVS has been a leader in community engagement programming that transforms film and public broadcasting into a powerful resource for individuals, communities, and organizations working on key social issues around the country.
Duong-Chi Do (Director of Engagement & Education) oversees national engagement and education activities in support of ITVS's award-winning films. Prior to joining ITVS in 2006, Chi spent six years with Asian Pacific Partners for Empowerment and Leadership (APPEAL), where she launched a national youth leadership program that provided mentorship and training to high school students, resulting in more than 50 youth-led health and tobacco control advocacy initiatives across the U.S. and Pacific Islands. Chi began her career working for a community clinic that provided culturally and linguistically appropriate services for immigrants and refugees in central Ohio. Her favorite aspect of community engagement work at ITVS is witnessing the influence that just one film can have on individuals, groups and entire communities.
Daniel Moretti (National Community Engagement Manager) joined ITVS in 2014 to manage Indie Lens Pop-Up and implement other engagement and education initiatives. Prior to joining ITVS, he worked in both media production and community engagement in diverse locations including San Francisco, Los Angeles, the Philippines and London. He was most recently with Active Voice, and contributed to the development, implementation and evaluation of film-based campaigns that engaged audiences in social issues. He also worked with the Global Film Initiative, where he supported acquisition, distribution and education programs for their world cinema series to promote cross-cultural understanding through film. He holds an M.Sc. in Gender, Media and Culture from the London School of Economics and a B.A. in Television/Video Production from Emerson College.
Venessa McDonald (Engagement Coordinator) has worked in many different roles across various industries including non-profit, healthcare, and tech all over the San Francisco Bay Area. Always having a deep passion for film, Venessa’s love of stories about real life that provoke deep thinking has lead her to this role at ITVS. Venessa holds a B.A. in Media Studies, a B.A. in History, and a minor degree in Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies from the University of California, Berkeley.
Michon Boston organizes Indie Lens Pop-Up screenings at Busboys and Poets and the Washington DC Jewish Community Center. She also works with ITVS International to present the Global Perspective Film Series with Meridian International Center. Michon is an events producer and marketer, writer/blogger and video producer. Other projects on Michon’s watch include her “Church Ladies Cake Diaries” video project, the Big Read DC (from 2007 – 2010), the “Food and Folklore” series at Eatonville Restaurant, and various PBS outreach initiatives at WHUT Howard University Television. Michon says her favorite thing about Indie Lens Pop-Up is meeting new, exciting people who do great things for and in her hometown city D.C.
Desiree Gutierrez is the founder of the communications consulting firm, MAVEN IMAGE. Her experience includes a hybrid of nonprofit, social action and entertainment campaigns. Prior to creating MAVEN IMAGE, Desiree was a publicist with ITVS and managed the publicity efforts of the Independent Lens series. She also supported five, KCET-PBS productions, including Tavis Smiley and California Connected. Desiree worked extensively with Artists for Amnesty‹the entertainment division of Amnesty International USA‹and her freelance clients have included: TNT and TBS Broadcasting, Antiques Roadshow, American Express, The Craigslist Foundation, The Ginetta Sagan Fund, Outdoor Gear, Oxfam International and The Pasadena Pops Orchestra. Desiree has produced numerous successful events including Oscar parties, television launch parties, film screenings and heritage events.
Naomi Walker has been with ITVS since 2006 as coordinator of the Indie Lens Pop-Up program in Chicago. She formerly served as outreach director for Cinema/Chicago for several years, expanding their education program to include a monthly film screening series for Chicago public high schools. In her capacity as outreach director, Naomi also organized the Teachers Institute for Media Studies, a series of workshops exploring ways for educators to use multimedia in the classroom, and served as director of the Future Filmmakers Festival, which showcased the work of filmmakers under 20. Naomi works out of The Michael Rabiger Center for Documentary at Columbia College, where she teaches Outreach and Engagement Strategies for the Documentary and mentors young documentary filmmakers. Naomi spins records at benefits for local grassroots nonprofit organizations and is a regular DJ for the monthly Peace Party.