Maren Wickwire \ founder

Maren Wickwire was born in Germany and founded Manifest Media subsequent to graduation in 2007. She studied Documentary film at the Folkwang Hochschule Essen and the Holon Institute of Technology in Israel, and holds an M.A. in Visual and Media Anthropology from the Freie Universität in Berlin. With wide-ranging experience in directing, producing and filming documentaries as well as working with multi-vocal video installations, Maren has presented her work in more than twenty countries. She is a recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts grant and a long time creative collaborator of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and ART WORKS Projects.

Focusing on peacemaking, conflict resolution and global migration, Maren's work includes recently completed research in Cyprus on female domestic workers, resulting in her first feature length film on transnational motherhood: “Together Apart” is being shown at a number of international film festivals and academic conferences. She lives in the United States and works globally. 

Desiree Agngarayngay \ post production & motion design

Desiree was born in the Philippines and immigrated to Hawai’i with her family at the age of 1. She’s been in Chicago since 2007 and studied post-production and effects at Columbia College. Much of this passion in the arts stem from her interests of creation, visual storytelling, and people. Motivated by her faith, she hopes to serve others in creating meaningful projects.

Take a look at her beautiful work - here

Intern with us:

Manifest media is offering remote internships with a focus on digital media production and visual storytelling. Interns have the opportunity to team up and learn about various aspects of producing and publishing online content, with an emphasis on giving voice and meaning to the pressing issues of our time. If you’re motivated, highly organized, and passionate about human rights and digital platforms, please apply! Start dates are flexible but we require a min. of three months commitment. Looking for applicants with experience in multimedia production, design, motion graphics and strong writing skills.

The application consists of a cover letter, resume, writing sample.
Please send your application to