OUR TEAM

Because it takes a global village to raise a global movement

Darieth Chisolm

Founder, Creator, Director and Executive Producer

Darieth is a 2 X Emmy award-winning television personality and veteran journalist, business coach, author and speaker, Darieth Chisolm, who found herself at the center of an online assault that triggered international attention when this happened, she added filmmaker to her title.

Darieth rose from a very humiliating, painful and potentially professionally damaging incident to tell her story of revenge porn and launched 50 Shades of Silence to shed the light on the lack of civil and criminal punishment for perpetrators of these crimes and bring voice and dignity to the victims of cyber harassment and abuse.

50 Shades of Silence is also the title of her documentary, accounting her story and the stories of women and advocates she traveled the country in search of.

Darieth has been featured on the Megyn Kelly TODAY Show ,The Dr. Oz Show, FOX News, In Health Magazine, and several other notable media outlets and publications, and has become what Dr. Oz calls her, “a leading advocate in victim’s rights particularly in regards to revenge porn.”

Her social justice and multimedia project, 50 Shades of Silence, specifically aims to advocate for stricter laws and tougher enforcement for cyber sexual crimes; encourage the accountability and responsiveness among online companies; promote social responsibility for texting, posting and sharing online; and restore dignity and respect to victims and survivors. The project includes an upcoming documentary, a website with resources and services, and motivational and empowerment training materials to help victims.

In the last two years, Darieth has elevated the conversation around image-based abuse, revenge porn and cyber harassment by touring the country speaking on such diverse platforms as the World Woman Summit, the Metrowest Conference for Women and several TED stages. Chris Daley, Organizer of TEDxPittsburgh said of Darieth, “She absolutely captivated the in-person audience as they followed her journey that led to her idea for better safeguards for individuals in our evolving digital world.” Her TED.com talk has been translated to 14 different languages.

Darieth is also currently the host of CBS Eye on Health and Emmy Award-winning PBS iQ: smartparent. During and following her successful 30-year career in television, Darieth excelled in the area of entrepreneurship. Her YouTube channel and online video podcast series, Hustle & Heart TVwas a Top 10 Finalist for the 2015 Podcast Awards for Best Video Podcast and was ranked #1 on iTunes for more than two months with subscribers and viewers in multiple countries.

As a visibility and media coach Darieth teaches her clients how to increase their exposure and grow their business by leveraging public speaking, videos, podcasting and various media. She features an array of programs and coaching services at her website www.DariethChisolm.com

Darieth is the author of Hustle! Why Now is the Time to Unleash your Passions, a collection of powerful and motivating stories to help readers unlock and unleash their passions and learn how to hustle in business while loving life in the process. She is also a contributing writer for Inspiring LivesandWoman of More magazines.

Darieth is a 2019 Golden Quill Award nominee and she received the 2018 Woman of Influence Award from the Pittsburgh Business Times. Darieth was named Top 10 Trailblazers in Communications by Walker’s Legacy and nominated as Entrepreneur of the Year with Style Week in Pittsburgh. Darieth has received three proclamations from the City of Pittsburgh, two proclamations from Allegheny County and special recognition from the Senate of Pennsylvania for making an outstanding difference and profound impact in Pittsburgh.

Mike Wittlin

Mike Wittlin

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.

Vivian McGrath

Vivian McGrath

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.

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.

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.

Fernando Barron II

Fernando Barron II

Editor

Fernando Barron II

Fernando Barron II has been in video production for over 15 years, working at TV stations and production companies. Before graduating college Fernando had already been working at WXEL for two years as a Master Control Operator. During his career, he has obtained his degree in Broadcasting, completed courses at the Connecticut School of Broadcasting and The Palm Beach Film School. Working as PA, camera operator and editor, he has always taken the time to learn new techniques in this ever changing business. His current projects are as the Director of Photography and Editor for a feature film and the DP for a documentary. The feature film Gravedigger is his current film project working with Infinite Abyss Theater in making that happen. Another feature film is Sam & Me directed by Brian Kirk staring Madylin Sweeten, Craig Henne and Declan Joyce. The documentary goes behind the scenes of the Florida Renaissance Festival in 2014. Notable quotes “A true Professional.” – Madylin Sweeten (American Splendor, Everybody Loves Raymond) “As good as anyone I’ve seen in Hollywood.” – Craig Henne ( Cape Fear. Miami Vice) Fernando truly enjoys what he calls storytelling. As far as he can remember writing and telling stories have been his passion and the visual arts have been his canvas. He enjoys every aspect of film making from script writing to watching the final cut on the big screen.

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.

Judnise Guillet

Judnise Guillet

Apprentice

Judnise Gulliet

Judnise Guillet, is a digital marketing apprentice for Darieth Chisolm. I am a recent graduate from the University of Massachusetts Boston with my degree in Communications. After graduation, I worked on various political campaigns in Massachusetts as a Field Organizer and later as a Field Director. I have always felt passionate about human rights and political issues. As I venture into digital marketing, I was lucky to have met the acquaintance of Darieth Chisolm. She educated me about her project and allowed me to join her 50 Shades of Silence team. Through this time, I want to help and advocate for those who feel powerless against their perpetrators. This platform is not just for me to help but also give a microphone to anyone willing to tell their story of digital domestic violence.

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