Marion Lipschutz is an American film director and co-founder of Incite Pictures and Cine Qua Non (CQN), a 501(c)(3), a partnership of Marion Lipschutz and Rose Rosenblatt, produces long form, dramatic documentaries and ancillary educational materials on social and cultural subjects. Incite Pictures is the for-profit arm of CQN. Their films have won Best Cinematography at The Sundance Film Festival, The Audience Award at SXSW, The Audience and Jury Award at Cine Las Americas, Best Documentary at Red Nation Film Festival, Best Documentary at Native Cinema Showcase, The Emerging Picture Award at Full Frame, and The Jury Prize for Best Documentary at The Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. Personal recognition includes The Full Frame Women in Leadership Award, The Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award, and a nomination for the British Index on Censorship’s Freedom of Expression Award. Though their topics have been specific to the United States, they have durable international appeal, showing in hundreds of festivals, including The Human Rights Watch Film Festival, Hot Docs, The Stockholm International Film Festival, The Seoul International Film Festival and The Festival de Rio de Janeiro.
Young Lakota. A story focusing on the emotional journey of Sunny Clifford, a young Lakota woman who returns home to the Pine Ridge Reservation with a dream of changing the world around her. Her political awakening begins when the tribe’s first female president, Cecelia Fire Thunder, defies a South Dakota law banning abortion by threatening to build a women’s clinic on the reservation. Embroiled in a controversial political season that hinges on reproductive rights and tribal sovereignty, Sunny, her twin sister Serena, and their neighbor Brandon are drawn into a political firestorm that changes the course of their lives. Premiered on PBS Independent Lens in November 2013 during Native American Heritage Month.
The Education of Shelby Knox. A coming of age story of a teenage girl in Lubbock, Texas who transforms from a conservative, abstinence until marriage pledging Southern Baptist to a Democratic feminist and supporter of gay rights. Aired on PBS as a POV special in 2005.
Live Free or Die. A portrait of a small town OB/GYN that explores the radical decline in the number of doctors performing abortions, as well as the impact of Catholic hospital mergers on the provision of abortion services. Aired as a POV special in 2000. Part of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival.
Fatherhood USA. A mini-series that created portraits of fathers from very different walks of life: a teen dad struggling to break a cycle of fatherlessness; a factory worker discovering that he, too, can be involved with raising his daughters; and a CFO juggling the demands of a high-powered executive wife and two small children. Hosted by former Senator Bill Bradley, the program aired nationally in 1998.
The Abortion Pill. A one-hour special that followed the long and controversial journey of the abortion pill (RU486) to the U.S. market. Tracking its use from France to England, India, Brazil and finally to the U.S., the program shows how a potent mix of business, politics and ethics made the pill a symbolic linchpin in the so-called abortion wars. Aired nationally, 1997.
- Incite Pictures - Official site
- Marion Lipschutz at the Internet Movie Database
- ShelbyKnox.org - Official film site