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.
With a unique combination of business acumen and creative talent, Ron Honsa founded his company Moving Pictures over two decades ago in SoHo, New York and has produced hundreds of television projects for diverse clientele. He is a passionate storyteller and his directing experience includes documentaries, branded content and corporate communications.
His work has been recognized with industry awards, including Emmys, Telly Awards and the prestigious DuPont Award for Broadcast Excellence.
One of Ron’s great passions is directing documentaries and his dance documentary Never Stand Still, narrated by Bill T. Jones, won Best Documentary at Dance Camera West, San Francisco Dance Film Festival and Dance on Camera at Lincoln Center. Never Stand Still was released theatrically by First Run Features and garnered national press for its television premiere on PBS for Great Performances.
Into Sunlight, his latest documentary was inspired by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Maraniss’ non-fiction book They Marched Into Sunlight. The documentary premiered at Lincoln Center and tells the story of a battle in Vietnam in 1967 and the anti-war protests on the home front. His other documentary credits include the award-winning The Men Who Danced, and a film for the Balanchine Dance Trust, which was profiled in “The Talk of the Town” in THE NEW YORKER.
His television and feature film credits include: America’s Most Wanted, CBS Reports, NOW with Bill Moyers, ESPN’s Battle of the Giants, Saturday Night Live, Sesame Street, US Tennis Open, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Awakenings, Cadillac Man, The District, Head of State, The Fallen, True Colors, She Devil, Road Dreams and Between Yourself and Me.
His films have been screened at Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Chelsea Film Festival, Jacob Burns Film Center, Sydney Opera House, Symphony Space, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Gene Siskel Film Center, Lincoln Center Film Festival, International Film Festival of New York, Amsterdam’s Cinedans, Montreal International Festival of Films in Art, Chicago Film Festival, Williamstown Film Festival and the 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!