About Us

Formed in 1991 as a partnership of Award Winning Producers/Directors Marion Lipschutz and Rose Rosenblatt, Incite Pictures/Cine Qua Non produces high-profile television documentaries and accompanying engagement campaigns on subjects of social and cultural significance. Cine Qua Non, Inc. has had 501(c)(3) not-for-profit status since 1995. Incite Pictures is the for-profit arm of Cine Qua Non.

“Their fly-on-the-wall approach fulfills one of the glorious promises of documentary – to put us in the middle of situations we otherwise might never be in,” wrote The Washington Post. Their work has been called “balanced and truthful,” “unique and memorable,” and “pure gold,” by, respectively, the New York Times, Hollywood Reporter and The Milwaukee Journal. 

They have worked with HBO, TLC, truTV, PBS, CBC, Fenton Communications, The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous, Planned Parenthood, and Advocates for Youth.


The Education of Shelby Knox (2005), launched the PBS’s Point of View series after it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and went on to win dozens of top awards, including Best Cinematography at Sundance and the SXSW Audience Award. Young Lakota (2013), won Best Documentary at Red Nation Film Festival, Cine Las Americas, and the Smithsonian Native Cinema Showcase (SWAIA), and was an official selection at New Orleans Film Festival, Big Sky Film Festival, American Indian Film Festival, and Santa Fe Independent Film Festival. 

Previous award winning work includes Live Free or Die (2000), the story of a doctor banned from teaching in his children’s schools because he provides abortions, PBS/Point of View. Fatherhood USA (1998), a three part mini-series that seeks to dispel common stereotypes of fatherhood, and examine how fathers are able to build strong relationships with their children PBS. The Abortion Pill (1997) a look at its uses world wide, PBS All of their projects are accompanied by ancillary, web-based materials and are in widespread educational distribution. 

For a change of pace they produced The Trenchcoat Gang, about two bank robbers who stole more money than any other team in U.S. history. Code Blue, New Orleans, a series featuring doctors at Charity Hospital in New Orleans, a highly rated series for The Learning Channel. In addition to awards specific to their films, they’ve recently have won The Freedom of Expression Award, The Women in Leadership Award, and have been nominated for the British Index on Censorship.

Cine Qua Non has received funding from the NEH, various State Arts and Humanities Councils, and nearly every major foundation supporting media, including The Ford Foundation, The MacArthur Foundation, The Hewlett Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, The Hewlett Foundation and The Packard Foundation.


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