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 Oscar nominated and Emmy Award-winning producer and executive producer of documentary feature films. Julie is producer of Life, Animated and executive producer of Weiner, both of which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Life, Animated won the U.S. Documentary Directing Award, was released by The Orchard and has been nominated for the 2017 Academy Award. Weiner won the U.S. Documentary Grand Jury Prize, was released by IFC Films & Showtime and was shortlisted for the 2017 Academy Award. In 2016 Julie also produced and executive produced features including: The Music of Strangers, Indian Point, Solitary, Enlighten Us, Southwest of Salem and Chicken People. Previously, she executive produced Best of Enemies and several Emmy-nominated films: 3½ Minutes , The Kill Team, Art and Craft and 1971. Julie produced Gideon’s Army, Manhunt, the Oscar shortlisted God Loves Uganda, The Great Invisible, the Oscar shortlisted Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry and Buck, which was Oscar shortlisted and one of 2011’s top five grossing documentaries. Julie consulted on the Academy Award-winning The Cove and produced the Oscar shortlisted Sergio. Julie is on the Board of the Producers Guild of America (PGA) and a member of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS).
Christopher Clements is an Emmy nominated producer and partner at Motto Pictures. Christopher is executive producer of Weiner and co-producer of Life, Animated, both of which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Life, Animated won the U.S. Documentary Directing Award, was released by The Orchard and has been nominated for the 2017 Academy Award. Weiner won the U.S. Documentary Grand Jury Prize, was released by IFC Films & Showtime and was shortlisted for the 2017 Academy Award. Christopher produced Chicken People for CMT, co-produced Ivy Meeropol’s Indian Point, executive produced Kristi Jacobson’s Solitary, Deborah Esquenazi’s Southwest of Salem and the CNN Films feature, Enlighten Us directed by Jenny Carchman. He co-executive produced Alison Klayman’s film The 100 Years Show and The Yes Men Are Revolting directed by Laura Nix and The Yes Men and executive produced Art and Craft, which was shortlisted for the 2015 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Christopher’s camera work was featured in Cindy Meehl’s Buck, which won the Sundance Film Festival’s Audience award. Christopher is a writer/director of award-winning animated short subject, documentary and narrative films and in 2015 he published THE PUSH AND PULL OF THINGS, an e-book that integrates audio video material into a novel.
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 is an Associate Producer at Motto Pictures. Marissa joined Motto in 2013, working as a grassroots screenings coordinator for the Oscar shortlisted film God Loves Uganda. Marissa was a production assistant on the Oscar nominated film Life, Animated and the Oscar shortlisted film 3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets, and a production associate on the Oscar shortlisted film Weiner. She was post-production coordinator and archival researcher for Indian Point, which premiered at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival, and an associate producer for Chicken People, which premiered at 2016 SXSW Film Festival and broadcast on CMT.