OUR TEAM

Because it takes a global village to raise a global movement

Darieth Chisolm

Founder, Creator, Director and Executive Producer

Darieth has worked in television and media for over 30 years. She is an Emmy Award winning TV host and interviewer, with multiple Emmy nominations. Darieth served as the prime time news anchor for NBC WPXI in Pittsburgh and hosts the nationally televised and Emmy Award winning show IQSmart Parent at PBS WQED. Darieth has received much recognition and praise by organizations for her work in media from The New Pittsburgh Courier Women of Excellence, WAMO Radio, Pittsburgh Black Media Federation, Pennsylvania Associated Press, and Pittsburgh Magazine.

In business and in the community, Darieth has received two proclamations from the City of Pittsburgh, two proclamations from Allegheny County and a special recognition from the Senate of Pennsylvania for making an outstanding difference and profound impact in Pittsburgh.

She has been presented awards for her work with small business owners by the U.S. Small Business Administration and several Chambers of Commerce.

Darieth is celebrated as of the Top 10 Trailblazer in Communications by Walker’s Legacy and was nominated as Entrepreneur of the Year with Style Week in Pittsburgh. Darieth formed Jumpfly Media Inc, a multi media and coaching business and produced her top rated online video podcast show, Hustle & Heart TV. It was a Top 10 Finalist for the 2015 Podcast Awards for Best Video Podcast and was ranked #1 on iTunes for over two months with subscribers and viewers in several different countries. She was recently recognized as a SHERO Award Recipient for empowering women to stand, speak and show up. She is also a contributing writer for Inspiring Lives and Women of More magazines.

Vivian McGrath

Vivian McGrath

Executive Producer

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Vivian McGrath is a highly respected Documentary and Drama-Documentary Executive Producer, renowned for her strong sense of storytelling and documenting the fascinating and powerful stories of ordinary people.   Stories that we can all connect to and learn something about ourselves from. With twenty-eight years’ experience in the television industry, she has a solid reputation for delivering prime time Documentary films for major UK, US and Australian broadcasters, that are strong in narrative, but also layered with intelligent content and depth. Vivian is Author of the book – Unbeatable: How I left a violent man (COMING SOON).  This is her story as a Domestic Violence Survivor – how she went from a young, single mother to find success, in life, career and long-term healthy love. She is also author of the Blog: Unbeatable www.beingunbeatable.com.

Mike Wittlin

Mike Wittlin

Executive Producer

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Mike Wittlin’s credits cross over Broadway, feature films, and television. As an award winning Producer and Director, his projects have attracted a multitude of talented Actors.  He currently has several feature films slated along with numerous television shows in production. In the past Mike has operated under a First Look Deal with Sony Pictures Television, and also had an office on the backlot of Universal Studios, He has produced feature films including THE BRIDGE TO NOWHERE directed by Blair Underwood, starring Ving Rhames and the internationally distributed horror film, HACK starring William Forsythe.

Mike’s Broadway debut was with the smash hit, ROCK OF AGES which was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Show. Other credits include ON THE INSIDE starring Olivia Wilde and Nick Stahl and THE CHIEF, a homage to the great Art Rooney, Sr. founder of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Amy Wright

Amy Wright

Producer

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Amy J. Wright was born and raised in Oakland, California and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY. She is a graduate of The University of California, Riverside (2010) where she received her BA in Theatre; Long Island University (2013) where she received her MS Ed. in Special Education; and finally, The New York Film Academy (2015) where she completed the Documentary Filmmaking intensive program. She has since worked as a producer, director, production coordinator and editor on short, feature, and serial documentaries. She has also screened her short documentary “Legacy” at various film festivals around the country, including the March on Washington Film Festival, where it won the grand jury prize for Best Short in a special screening at The Obama White House. She is currently working on independent projects of African-American interest.

Chelsea Schneider

Chelsea Schneider

Producer

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Chelsea Schneider graduated from Point Park University in 2013 with a degree in Cinema and Digital Arts. After graduation, she began her career with Steeltown Entertainment Project as an intern and worked her way up the ladder to Program Coordinator. Over the course her four years at Steeltown, she functioned as Associate Producer on a TV show, she developed the educational structure for an innovative community film, and she implemented the process by which the organization tracks its data. She is also a freelance editor and producer. In her free time, she is a weird TV junkie and avid gamer.

Emmai Alaquiva

Emmai Alaquiva

Cinematographer

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Emmai Alaquiva, an Emmy Award-winning film director, composer and mentor is known for his impact across mixed-media art platforms. Once homeless and one who occupied the unforgiving streets of Pittsburgh Pa., Alaquiva shifted the trajectory of his life’s path to become one of the most distinct trailblazers in the arena of creative arts. Most recently, he added curator to his name with the birth of his first notable interactive photography exhibit; OpticVoices.

Today, Alaquiva is the proud CEO of Ya Momz House, Inc., an award-winning multimedia company, director for CBS Sports Network’s Daytime Emmy-nominated TV  Show “Game Changers,” as well as co-founder of the award-winning arts education program; Hip-Hop On L.O.C.K. which has over 48 partnerships, in 11 school districts and serves over 5,000 young people to date throughout western Pennsylvania.

Presenting his first TEDx talk in 2016, Alaquiva’s work has been seen and heard across the world through media giants from CBS, Amazon and NBC to celebrity projects with Oprah Winfrey, Wiz Khalifa, Martha Stewart, The Roots, Rachel Ray, the late Dr. Maya Angelou and more. This 7-time Telly Award-winner has been recognized as Pittsburgh 40 under 40, WHIRL’s “50 Finest”, The New Pittsburgh Courier’s FAB 40, along with several proclamations from City of Pittsburgh Mayor, Bill Peduto. Alaquiva was recently awarded as GET Involved, Inc.’s 2017 “Man Of The Year” for his community leadership, WHIRL Magazine’s, “Couples Who Make A Difference” in 2017 for his philanthropic work raising thousands for charity, and is a national BMe Community Leader recognized by former President Barack Obama.

Alaquiva’s most recent accolades come in the form of a 2017 Emmy nomination his international directorial premiere of the film Ghetto Steps”, a film chronicling the Holocaust and was selected by the City of Pittsburgh to spearhead the Amazon Pitch Video for there second Headquarters.

Kirk Gillon

Kirk Gillon

Cinematographer

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Kirk Gillon is an Award winning Cinemaphotographer and creative director. His cinematic skills have earned him an Emmy, two Addys as well as many other awards. He has a well-rounded knowledge behind the camera whether being a director, producer, director of photography or editor. He has worked with major networks like CBS, NBC, and ABC CNN and on shows like “NBC World News,” “Good Morning America,” America’s Most Wanted” and too many others to count.

Mark Knobil

Mark Knobil

Cinematographer

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Mark Knobil is an Emmy Award-winning Cinematographer for documentary for major networks like PBS, Discovery Channel, National Geographic to name a few. His career spans multiple decades.
His works include:
  • NOVA “Secrets of the Viking Sword”, NOVA “The First Flower” NOVA “The Great Robot Race”
  • National Geographic Explorer SEX, LIES & GENDER National Geographic Explorer THE SHAPE OF LIFE
  • TITANIC! Anatomy of a Disaster (#1 Ratings Ever for Discovery)
  • LIFE BY THE NUMBERS New Mathematics – With Danny Glover (Emmy Nomination)
  • Supervising Director of Photography 8X1 Hrs. National Geographic
  • Supervising Director of Photography 2 hour Special Discovery Channel
  • Director of Photography 5 X 1-hour WQED/PBS
  • Director of Photography Two Hr. Special WQED/PBS
Robert Waters

Robert Waters

Cinematographer

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Robert Waters has mastered the art of photography and videography he brings more than a decade of multimedia production experience, including technical support and analyst positions at Comcast, EDMC and Verizon he is also an owner of a media production business.

Leslie Green

Leslie Green

Public Relations US

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Leslie Green has more than 13 years of experience as a communication and public relations professional, serving in both the public and private sector. Most recently, Leslie served as the Director of Communications for the Office of Motion Picture and Television Development (MPTD) for the Government of the District of Columbia, where she was responsible for creating and implementing the communication and marketing strategies for the agency.

Alisyn Blackwell

Alisyn Blackwell

Production Assistant

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Alisyn Blackwell was accepted for an internship with PBS affiliate WQED (think everyone’s childhood favorite Mister Roger’s Neighborhood), she knew that documentaries were where her heart was.

After graduating, Alisyn began working at WQED as a Production Assistant on the Emmy-Winning Pittsburgh from the Air. After that, she worked her way through the company, becoming a producer, shooter and editor on programs for TV and for the web, most notably on the award-winning WQED Sessions and Pittsburgh Eats. Alisyn continues to work independently and on passion-projects and stays active in the Pittsburgh film community.

Chuck Franciscus

Chuck Franciscus

Research and Development

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After witnessing an ongoing cyber sexual assault, Chuck has devoted his research talents to the topic cyber harassment. He is responsible for researching case studies, organizations, news reports and various information related to cyber crimes.

Chuck has helped lawyers, law enforcement, and international authorities become educated about the current laws and penalties. It is Chuck’s goal to continue to express the severity of the crimes to stiffen penalties internationally and to educate the general public about damages caused to victims.

Lori Jones

Lori Jones

Angel Ambassador Coordinator

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Lori Jones’s life turned into a nightmare when she became victim of Cyber Sexual Harassment (aka Revenge Porn) at the hands of her ex-husband. Overcoming a very difficult time in her life, Lori has vowed to bring awareness and education to victims, law enforcement and most importantly our children. She believes the most significant aspect of obtaining support and help were through other survivors like her.  She is aware of what a victim goes through and with her passion and understanding can help victims become a survivor. We proudly welcome her as our Angel Ambassador coordinator.

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