About Us

Reel Communication is a multicultural, multilingual, full-service video production company with extensive experience in the U.S., Europe, Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Latin America. Our mission is to help our clients tell unique stories through powerfully told, subtly crafted and visually arresting video. Based in New York and Western Massachusetts, our award-winning team has decades of combined experience in all aspects of video production. We welcome projects large and small, and to each one we bring the highest degree of professionalism, attention to detail, and responsiveness to clients’ needs.

Mary Patierno, filmmaker

Filmmaker Mary Patierno

Mary Patierno is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and a founder of Reel Communication, a video production company specializing in business branding, promotional and marketing videos.   She is a long time instructor in the MFA Photo, Video and Related Media Department at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.  She was a 1989 and 2002 recipient of an Artist Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts and co-produced and curated the W.O.W. (Women One World) Women’s Film and Video Festival in NYC from 1988-1994. Her film, Vieques: Worth Every Bit of Struggle, won Best Documentary at the New Vision Award (2005) from New Screen TV. Her documentary, The Most Unknowable Thing, was selected as part of The New Documentaries  (2000) series at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC. It was nominated for a 2000 International Documentary Association (IDA) Achievement Award and was awarded Outstanding Documentary Feature at Outfest’99 in Los Angeles, the Reelings’99 Film and Video Festival in Chicago, and The Miami Lesbian and Gay Film Festival.  It also won Best Documentary Short and the Audience Award at Reel Affirmations Film and Video Festival in Washington, DC.

Filmmaker Harriet Hirhsorn

Harriet Hirshorn has edited news, features, documentaries and narratives and has videotaped and interviewed subjects in extremely diverse circumstances—from makeshift courtrooms in Haiti and hospitals in Nigeria, to high rises in Shanghai.
She produced and edited short news segments for The International Herald Tribune and The New York Times while based in Paris and has worked for over 10 years for PortiCo Research, a video ethnographic research company conducting qualitative studies globally. She is an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose most recent film, Mississippi I Am, chronicles LGBT youth and their allies organizing against bullying and discrimination in Mississippi. She has a BA in Literature from Antioch College and a Master’s in Cinema Studies from New York University. She is fluent in French, English, Haitian Creole and is proficient in Spanish.

Natalia Muñoz, Journalist

Natalia Muñoz is a multimedia artist, journalist, and a communications and marketing consultant.
She is a bilingual and bicultural journalist with 25+years experience in print, online and broadcast media. She has covered business, education, sports, politics and human interest stories for The Associated Press out of Barcelona, Spain; The New York Daily News; and The San Juan Star, El Vocero and El Mundo, English- and Spanish-language newspapers in her native Puerto Rico. She is director of Verdant Multicultural Media, an outreach, communications and marketing company. She is also a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.