film production + social action


RIGHTEOUS PICTURES is a film production company and social impact organization that creates socially driven documentary films and new media projects as a means to bring about social change. A collective of artists and social activists, we are committed to creative, character-based, global projects as a platform for dialogue on the most critical issues of our time.



MICHAEL PERTNOY // founder + ceo // // @mpertnoy

Michael is the original Righteous dude. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, Michael decided to begin work on an idea for a documentary film he’d been wanting to make since high school. Three years later, The Last Survivor emerged as RP’s award-winning debut which Michael produced and co-directed. For his work in the human rights field, Michael was accepted into the Genocide Intervention Network’s 2009 Carl Wilkens Fellowship Program. Prior to RP, Michael worked as a freelance editor for non-profit organizations and corporate partners around the globe. His achievements were recognized in 2010 when Michael was the youngest person to be named one of South Florida’s “Top 20 business leaders under 40″ by the Miami Herald. Michael is currently editing and producing RP’s second documentary feature, Web, as well as continuing to grow the company he founded on the simple yet meaningful belief that individuals have the power to affect real change.


MICHAEL KLEIMAN // co-founder + creative director // // @michaelkleiman

Michael is RP’s resident film nerd/snob. He came to filmmaking after being dazzled by Macaulay Culkin’s ground-breaking performance in Home Alone. As a child, his renditions of Marissa Tomei in My Cousin Vinny and Tommy Lee Jones in The Fugitive became staples of family gatherings (and being the only time he was allowed to curse, Michael relished them). Michael is the co-director and co-producer of RP’s award-winning documentary, The Last Survivor and the director and co-producer of their upcoming film, Web. He received a Fulbright Scholarship in filmmaking from the U.S. State Department and studied film theory, history, and criticism at the University of Pennsylvania. Michael has worked at the Documentary Department at HBO, with acclaimed filmmaker, Andrew Bujalski, and with documentary filmmaking legend and personal hero, Albert Maysles. Michael served for 6 months as RPLA’s resident Culinary Director and Wellness Coordinator before he was pushed out by an internal coup.