About Moving Pictures
Moving Pictures is a media production company with over twenty-five years of experience in the communications industry. Guided since its inception by director Ron Honsa and producer Nan Penman, the company consistently collaborates with its advertising, entertainment and corporate clients by designing smart and engaging content.
Moving Pictures has established its industry reputation with award- winning productions, which have been recognized with Emmy Awards, Monitor and Telly Awards, a Peabody Broadcast Award and the prestigious DuPont Award. The company’s recent documentary Never Stand Still was released theatrically to critical acclaim and national press and had its television premiere on PBS’ Great Performances.
At Moving Pictures, we have a proven track record for creating handcrafted work that is audience-focused. Whether we are filming celebrities, corporate executives, artists or real folks, we bring the same level of enthusiasm and expertise to every project. From conception through completion – we love to tell stories that move people through compelling content.
Ron’s career in television has tracked the evolution of technological advancements in the industry. Since childhood Ron was fascinated with photography and electronics and by the time he got to college, he was experimenting with the integration of video, computers and photography. Eager to dive into the world of video, Ron honed his skills in various production positions. Thanks to these formative experiences, Ron developed an in-depth knowledge of production and post-production, which led to the founding of his company Moving Pictures.
Ron has directed hundreds of projects for diverse clientele – entertainment specials, documentaries and corporate films. All the while, Ron remains passionate about using the latest production and editorial technology. His award-winning work in television and film has taken him around the world and placed him in every type of studio and location environment. He excels at visualizing the end product while meeting demanding timelines.
Throughout his career, Ron has worked with world-class artists in the performing arts. His current documentary Never Stand Still, narrated by Bill T. Jones, won Best Documentary at Dance Camera West, as well as the 2012 San Francisco Dance Film Festival. Never Stand Still has been released theatrically by First Run Features and garnered praise by the national press. It will air this season on Great Performances for PBS.
Other performance projects for television include Gladys Knight in Concert, Dave Matthews Band, Foo Fighters, David Gray, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Limon Dance Company, the Paul Taylor Dance Company and Savion Glover. His directorial work for the Balanchine Trust was profiled in The Talk of the Town in “The New Yorker.”
Ron’s television and film credits include: CBS Reports, NOW with Bill Moyers, Saturday Night Live, America's Most Wanted, ESPN’s Battle of the Giants, Sesame Street, US Tennis Open, Head of State, Cadillac Man, The District, The Fallen, True Colors, She Devil, Live from Lincoln Center and The Men Who Danced.
His films have been screened at Jacob Burns Film Center, Sydney Opera House, Symphony Space, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Gene Siskel Film Center, Lincoln Center Film Festival, International Film Festival of New York, Amsterdam’s Cinedans Festival, Montreal International Festival of Films in Art, Chicago International Film Festival, Williamstown Film Festival, Litchfield Hills Film Festival and Houston Film Festival.
Growing up in small towns across America, Nan was enchanted by seeing local theatre and the occasional road show. After a childhood spent in “the provinces” and earning a theatre and communications degree at the University of Iowa, Nan took a bus to New York City to start her career in the theatre. She had numerous roles in Off Broadway and television productions and even made her Broadway debut in a production of I Won’t Dance. This exciting but rather quixotic existence eventually led her to the office of the legendary Broadway producer, David Merrick. This was a pivotal point in her life as she discovered she preferred working behind-the-scenes rather than being on the stage.
After developing a working knowledge of theatre production by assisting directors, costume designers, casting directors and stage managers, Nan transitioned to television. She worked in program development at NBC, and in script development and research at HBO, Nederlander Television and ELM Productions. From commercials and soap operas to working for large fundraising events with entertainment and sports celebrities, Nan has worn a lot of different hats!
Nan was in London when she met Ron Honsa while he was filming Pink Floyd’s The Wall tour. Soon after they combined forces in Manhattan to work on independent television projects, including the award-winning dance documentary The Men Who Danced. This ultimately led to the founding of their own company, Moving Pictures. Together their combined talents have complimented every project they have shepherded through the company.
As Executive Producer of Moving Pictures, Nan oversees a wide range of productions from entertainment specials to documentaries and corporate films. The diversity of the company’s work continues to be one of the most rewarding aspects of producing and writing at Moving Pictures. Nan’s background in both sides of the entertainment industry and proven producing skills have been instrumental in bringing Moving Pictures’ projects in on time and on budget.
However, her two favorite productions will always be her two grown children ~ Alyson and James!