MOTTO PICTURES specializes in producing and executive producing documentary features. Motto secures financing, builds distribution strategies and creatively develops films with an eye toward maximizing the position of each project in the domestic and international markets.
Julie Goldman founded Motto Pictures in 2009. She is an Emmy Award-winning producer and executive producer of documentary feature films.
Julie produced We Are The Giant, which premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. The Great Invisible recently won the SXSW Grand Jury Prize and two new films, 1971 and Art and Craft, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival this spring. Art and Craft was released by Oscilloscope in July.
Julie was Executive Producer of The Kill Team, winner of the Tribeca Film Festival Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary and released by Oscilloscope. Earlier in 2013, Julie produced three films that premiered in the U.S. Documentary Competition at the Sundance Film Festival: God Loves Uganda, Manhunt and Gideon’s Army, winner of the Best Editing Award. Manhunt was broadcast on both HBO and CNN and won the primetime Emmy for Best Documentary. Gideon’s Army was nominated for the 2014 Independent Spirit Award following its HBO premiere. God Loves Uganda was released theatrically in October and was recently shortlisted for the Academy Award for Best Feature. In 2012, she debuted two films at the Sundance Film Festival: Participant Media’s A Place at the Table (released by Magnolia Pictures), which won the IDA Pare Lorentz Award and was nominated for the PGA Award, and Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (IFC Films), which was shortlisted for the 2013 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.
Julie produced Buck, winner of the 2011 Sundance U.S. Documentary Audience Award. Buck was also shortlisted for an Academy Award and was one of the year’s top five grossing documentaries. Julie consulted on the Academy Award winning documentary The Cove and produced Sergio, for which she received a PGA nomination for the Producer of the Year Award.
Some of Julie’s earlier films include: Easy Riders Raging Bulls, Cat Dancers, In The Shadow Of The Moon, Better The World, What Remains, Once In A Lifetime and Sketches Of Frank Gehry.
Christopher Clements, writer/director of animated short subject, documentary and narrative films, began his collaboration with Motto Pictures when it was first established in 2009. Christopher executive produced Art and Craft, which premiered at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival and was shortlisted for the 2015 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. He was the creative consultant for the Sundance hit Best of Enemies, soon to be released by Magnolia Pictures. Christopher is
co-executive producer of The Yes Men Are Revolting directed by Laura Nix and The Yes Men, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and will be released by The Orchard in 2015 and of the upcoming Alison Klayman film Carmen Herrera: The 100 Years Show, soon to debut at Hot Docs. He is currently co-producing Ivy Meeropol’s documentary Indian Point, which will premiere at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival and The Punch directed by Andre Hörmann as well as executive producing Fellove, a documentary directed by Matt Dillon. Christopher’s camera work was featured in Cindy Meehl’s Buck, which won the 2011 Sundance Film Festival’s Audience award. He was production/ editorial consultant for Gideon’s Army, directed by Dawn Porter, which won the US Documentary Editing Award at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and 1971, directed by Johanna Hamilton, which had its world premiere at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival and is screening in theaters across the US.
Carolyn Hepburn joined Motto Pictures in 2010 where she works as a producer and production executive. Carolyn produced 3½ Minutes, directed by Marc Silver, which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and won the Special Jury Prize for Social Impact. She executive produced Art and Craft, which premiered at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival and was shortlisted for the 2015 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. In 2013, Carolyn was the line producer for two Motto films that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival: God Loves Uganda, shortlisted for the 2014 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, and Gideon’s Army, winner of the Sundance Film Festival’s Best Editing Award. Carolyn is currently co-producing Ivy Meeropol’s documentary Indian Point, which will premiere at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival, and The Punch directed by Andre Hörmann. She is also line producing the documentary Life Animated, directed by Roger Ross Williams. Prior to joining the Motto team, Carolyn produced a wide range of documentary projects for WNET, National Public Radio, and the United Nations as well as innovative experiential media for Spark Productions.
Sean Lyness graduated from Dickinson College with a degree in Film and Middle East Studies. Before joining Motto Pictures in early 2012, he produced a variety of short documentaries and transmedia projects in East Africa and the Middle East. Sean worked on God Loves Uganda as an assistant editor and festival and outreach coordinator. Sean is currently the Production Coordinator for Life, Animated Documentary.
Marissa Ericson joined Motto Pictures in 2013. She studied Writing, Literature, & Publishing with a minor in Photography at Emerson College. Before pursuing documentary production, she was an associate photographer’s agent at Glasshouse Assignment and studio manager for Photojournalist Stephanie Sinclair. Marissa worked on God Loves Uganda as a grassroots screenings coordinator and is currently a production assistant for 3½ Minutes, Indian Point, and Life, Animated Documentary.