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 and series. She produced Steve James’ Abacus: Small Enough To Jail, which was nominated for the 2018 Best Documentary Feature Academy Award, and The Final Year, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, was released by Magnolia Pictures and broadcast on HBO. Julie is producer of Life, Animated and executive producer of Weiner, both of which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Life, Animated won the US Documentary Directing Award and went on to be nominated for the 2017 Best Documentary Feature Academy Award. Weiner won the US Documentary Grand Jury Prize and was shortlisted for an Academy Award. Julie executive produced the acclaimed Facebook series Humans of New York, Emmy Award winning, Oscar Shortlisted Best of Enemies, and several Emmy-nominated films: 3½ Minutes, Ten Bullets, The Kill Team, Art and Craft and 1971. Julie also produced and executive produced: The Music of Strangers, Solitary, Enlighten Us, Southwest of Salem, Gideon’s Army, Manhunt, God Loves Uganda, Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry and Buck. Julie received the Amazon Studios Sundance Institute Producer’s Award and the Cinereach Producer’s Award.
Christopher Clements is an Emmy nominated and Peabody Award-winning producer and partner at Motto Pictures. He executive produced Steve James’ Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, which has been nominated for the 2018 Academy Award; Weiner, which won the U.S. Documentary Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and was shortlisted for the 2017 Academy Award; and two Sundance 2018 premieres, Inventing Tomorrow and The Cleaners. Chris co-produced Life, Animated, which won the U.S. Documentary Directing Award at the Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for the 2017 Academy Award. He executive produced Shadowman, When God Sleeps, The Family I Had, Kristi Jacobson’s Solitary, Deborah Esquenazi’s Emmy-nominated and Peabody Award winning Southwest Of Salem and the CNN Films feature, Enlighten Us. Christopher produced Chicken People, released by Samuel Goldwyn Films, co-produced Ivy Meeropol’s Indian Point, and co-executive produced Alison Klayman’s film The 100 Years Show and The Yes Men Are Revolting. He also executive produced Art and Craft, shortlisted for the 2015 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Recent films include Alison Klayman’s Take Your Pills which premiered at SXSW 2018 and Love, Gilda, the opening night film of the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival. Christopher is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA), British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), and the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS).
Carolyn Hepburn is an Emmy nominated producer who joined Motto Pictures in 2010. She executive produced Shadowman and The Family I Had. Carolyn co-produced Life, Animated, which won the U.S. Documentary nominated for the 2017 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature and executive produced Weiner, winner of the 2016 Sundance Film Festival U.S. Documentary Grand Jury Prize and shortlisted for the 2017 Academy Award. Carolyn co-produced Chicken People and Indian Point and produced 3½ Minutes, Ten Bullets, winner of the 2015 Sundance Special Jury Prize for Social Impact, nominated for an Emmy Award, and shortlisted for the 2016 Academy Award for Best Documentary. Carolyn also co-executive produced the short film The 100 Years Show. Carolyn executive produced Art and Craft, shortlisted for the 2015 Academy Award and Emmy nominated. She was the line producer for God Loves Uganda, shortlisted for the 2014 Academy Award, and Gideon’s Army, winner of Sundance’s Best Editing Award.
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 was production coordinator for the Oscar nominated Life, Animated and associate producer for the Oscar nominated Abacus: Small Enough to Jail. Sean is currently working on The Punch as associate producer.
Marissa Ericson is an associate producer who joined Motto Pictures in 2013. She was associate producer and archival researcher on Take Your Pills, which premiered at the 2018 SXSW Film Festival and broadcast on Netflix. She associate produced Humans of New York: The Series, which premiered on Facebook in 2017, and Chicken People, which premiered at 2016 SXSW Film Festival, broadcast on CMT, and released theatrically by Samuel Goldwyn Films. Marissa was post-production coordinator and archival researcher for Indian Point, which premiered at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival; production assistant on the Oscar nominated film Life, Animated and the Oscar shortlisted film 3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets; production associate on the Oscar shortlisted film Weiner; and grassroots screenings coordinator for the Oscar shortlisted film God Loves Uganda.
Samantha Bloom graduated from Stanford University in 2017 with a B.A. in English, emphasis in creative writing. Samantha joined Motto as a Creative Assistant in September 2017 and has contributed to a variety of their projects including Inventing Tomorrow and The Cleaners, which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, the Emmy-nominated Humans of New York: The Series, and Love, Gilda, Tribeca Film Festival’s 2018 opening night film. Her writing projects to date include the book and lyrics of Disrupt!, a satirical Silicon Valley musical (performed May 2017), a social-media era Jekyll and Hyde television pilot selected for the second round of Sundance Story Labs, and a short film about female embodiment in the modern age with almost 40,000 YouTube views.