Joanne Parsont is a media education consultant, writer, editor, project manager, and film festival programmer with more than 20 years of experience in educational outreach, audience engagement, curriculum development, youth media, and children’s and documentary film. She is currently a senior partner at Big Picture Educational Consulting (BPEC), a leader in the field of film and media literacy, specializing in resource development and educational outreach services for films of all kinds. BPEC leverages film as a powerful educational resource to enlighten audiences, spark engagement, inspire social change, and cultivate new generations of filmgoers and filmmakers.
Prior to joining Big Picture, she was the Director of Education for the San Francisco Film Society, where she developed and managed a wide range of programs that served more than 10,000 K-college students and teachers each year, cultivating media literacy, global awareness, filmmaking skills, and cinema appreciation. As a freelance programmer and consultant, she ran the Mill Valley Film Festival’s Children’s FilmFest and the San Francisco International Film Festival’s Schools at the Festival program; curated children’s programs for the Pacific Film Archive and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts; served on the Board of Advisors for LUNAFEST, developed hands-on filmmaking workshops for elementary, middle and high school students; and provided educational outreach services to independent filmmakers.
With a BA in Russian and Political Science from Duke University and an MA in Mass Communication Studies from the University of Michigan, Joanne began her career in Washington, DC working for both the Public Broadcasting Service and The Learning Channel. She joined the NAMLE Board of Directors in January 2015.