BIG PICTURES is a creatively driven multimedia production company founded by award-winning filmmaker Katie Galloway, who is known for producing intimate, emotionally powerful work that brings attention to pressing political and social issues. From public health and education policy to criminal justice reform and government accountability, BIG PICTURES educates and inspires public debate on many of the crucially important issues of our time. Working with a range of partners across digital platforms – including film, television, short format content for the web, social and mobile – we strive for maximum impact for our projects.
Katie Galloway / Founder and Principal
Galloway’s films explore the intersections of institutional power, civil and human rights and political activism — with a particular focus on the American justice system. THE RETURN (PBS/POV, 2016), her feature length study of a historic criminal justice reform that freed thousands of “lifers”, won Best Documentary awards at Tribeca, San Francisco International and Berkeley Film Festivals, broadcast nationally on PBS and was nominated for a 2017 Peabody Award. Other recent work includes the critically acclaimed feature documentary EL POETA (PBS VOCES, 2015) – an examination of the international drug war through the eyes of Mexican poet turned international protest leader Javier Sicilia; ERIC & ANNA, a post-9/11 love story featuring a teen FBI informant and a question of entrapment (The Intercept / Field of Vision, 2015); A RIDE HOME FROM PRISON, a brief meditation on what it means to “reenter” life outside prison after decades behind bars (NYT Op-Docs, 2015) and several short format series.
THE RETURN (2016, with Kelly Duane de la Vega) completes her triptych of feature length documentaries on the American criminal justice and mass incarceration systems for the acclaimed national independent film series POV, which also broadcast BETTER THIS WORLD (2011, with Duane de la Vega) — the story of two young men charged with domestic terrorism and their relationship with a radical mentor and undercover FBI informant and PRISON TOWN, USA (2007, with Po Kutchins), which looks at the impact of the prison building boom on rural America. Prior to her work for POV, Galloway produced and reported an award-winning trio of films on the justice system for PBS FRONTLINE including SNITCH, THE CASE FOR INNOCENCE and REQUIEM FOR FRANK LEE SMITH (2001). A two-time Sundance Fellow, HBO/Film Independent Documentary Fellow and recent Filmmaker in Residence at UC Berkeley Journalism School’s Investigative Reporting Program, Galloway has won the Writer’s Guild of America’s Best Documentary Screenplay Award, Gotham Independent’s Best Documentary Award, four national Emmy nominations, Best Documentary Awards at San Francisco International, Tribeca, Sarasota and other top film festivals.
Galloway holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from UC Berkeley with a focus on Political Behavior and Public Law and an M.S. in Journalism from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She has taught documentary production, history and theory at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and at UC Berkeley’s Department of Media Studies. She lives in Berkeley with her husband and four sons.
BIG PICTURES brings together partners with strong cinematic and journalistic backgrounds and histories of theatrically released and nationally broadcast films. Galloway’s documentaries have all broadcast nationally on PBS, driving news coverage and public discussion to a range of important issues; have been used as educational tools and instruments of social change by high schools, universities, and community and policy groups; and have been screened and discussed in film festivals worldwide.
In the short format space, BIG PICTURES is known for its strong, collaborative relationships with a range of partners and for the ability to tell compelling stories that make a big impact. Our partners & supporters include Ford Foundation / Just Films, #cut50, The California Humanities Council, Dave’s Killer Bread Foundation, The Perspective Fund, Virgin UK, The Last Mile, The Filmmaker Fund, Chicken & Egg, The Fledgling Fund, New York Times Op-Docs, Mother Jones, Field of Vision, The Marshall Project, Britdoc, Good Pitch, ITVS, POV and others.
Always concerned with reaching beyond the choir, BIG PICTURES collaborates with creatives in the fiction space to develop stories for narrative film and television. Several documentary projects are currently being developed for fiction film and television.