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.

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Academy Award Nominations

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OUR TEAM

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Julie Goldman

Producer

Julie Goldman is an Oscar-nominated and Emmy Award-winning producer and executive producer of documentary feature films and series. Julie is the first documentary producer to receive the Amazon Studios Sundance Institute Producer’s Award and the Cinereach Producer’s Award. She recently produced The Return of Tanya Tucker featuring Brandi Carlile, which will have its world premiere at the 2022 SXSW Film Festival. Julie produced Nanfu Wang’s film, In The Same Breath, which premiered on opening night at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, launched on HBO and HBO Max and went on to win the DuPont Award, receive a nomination for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary and be shortlisted for the Academy Award for Best Documentary. She produced The Velvet Underground, directed by Todd Haynes, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and was released on Apple TV+, received numerous award nominations, shortlisted for the Best Documentary Academy Award and included on many Best Films of 2021 lists including the New York Times’. Julie executive produced the acclaimed Academy Award and Goya Award nominated The Mole Agent, Tribeca Grand Jury Prize winner Socks on Fire, and produced Gotham and IDA Award winner A Thousand Cuts. She produced Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner and Oscar-shortlisted One Child Nation, which was acquired by Amazon Studios; Ringside, which had its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival and recently debuted on Showtime; and Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn, which premiered at the New York Film Festival and launched on HBO. Julie produced Emmy Award-winning and Academy Award-nominated Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, The Final Year, and the acclaimed series Murder in the Bayou and Humans of New York. Julie is the producer of Life, Animated, which won the Sundance Directing Award, was nominated for the 2017 Best Documentary Oscar, and won three Emmys, including the award for Best Documentary. She is executive producer of Weiner, winner of the Sundance Grand Jury Prize. Julie also produced and executive produced: Emmy Award-winning films Best of Enemies, Solitary, Manhunt; Peabody Award-winning films Inventing Tomorrow, Southwest of Salem; Emmy-nominated films and series Gideon’s Army, 1971, Humans of New York; Oscar-shortlisted films, God Loves Uganda, Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, 3 1⁄2 Minutes, Ten Bullets, Art and Craft and Buck. Julie is developing a new slate of films and producing new films with directors including Roger Ross Williams, Alison Klayman, Pernille Rose Grønkjær and Maite Alberdi.

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Christopher Clements

Producer

Christopher Clements is an Emmy and Peabody Award-winning producer and partner at Motto Pictures. He recently produced The Return of Tanya Tucker featuring Brandi Carlile which will have its world premiere at the 2022 SXSW Film Festival. Christopher produced Nanfu Wang’s film, In The Same Breath, which premiered on opening night at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, launched on HBO and HBO Max and went on to win the DuPont Award, received a nomination for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary and was shortlisted for the Academy Award for Best Documentary. He produced on The Velvet Underground, directed by Todd Haynes, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, was released on Apple+, received numerous award nominations, was shortlist for the Best Documentary Academy Award and was on many Best Films of 2021 lists including the New York Times. Christopher executive produced the acclaimed Academy Award and Goya Award nominated The Mole Agent, Tribeca Grand Jury Prize winner Socks on Fire, and produced Gotham and IDA Award winner A Thousand Cuts. Christopher produced Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner and Oscar-shortlisted One Child Nation, released by Amazon Studios; Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn, which premiered at the New York Film Festival and broadcast in June on HBO; Ringside, which premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival, won the Silver Hugo Award at the Chicago International Film Festival and debuted on Showtime in June; and Netflix’s Take Your Pills which premiered at SXSW. Christopher executive produced Steve James’ Emmy Award-winning and Oscar-nominated Abacus: Small Enough to Jail; Weiner, which won the U.S. Documentary Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and was shortlisted for the 2017 Academy Award; two Peabody Award winners, Inventing Tomorrow and Southwest of Salem; Sundance 2018 premiere and winner of the Prix Europa The Cleaners; Emmy Award-winner Solitary; CPH:Dox Grand Jury Award and Prix Europa winner The Raft; Ric Burns’ Oliver Sacks: His Own Life; and the acclaimed Showtime series Murder in the Bayou. Christopher co-produced Life, Animated, which was nominated for the 2017 Best Documentary Feature Academy Award, and won three Emmys, including the award for Best Documentary. Christopher has a slate of films in development and is producing new films with Roger Ross Williams, Pernille Rose Grønkjær and Maite Alberdi. Christopher is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), the Producers Guild of America (PGA), British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), and the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS).

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Carolyn Hepburn

Producer

Carolyn Hepburn is an Emmy and Peabody Award-winning producer who joined Motto Pictures in 2010 and is the Head of Production. She recently produced The Return of Tanya Tucker featuring Brandi Carlile which will have its world premiere at the 2022 SXSW Film Festival. Carolyn produced Nanfu Wang’s film, In The Same Breath, which premiered on opening night at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, launched on HBO, won the DuPont Award, received a nomination for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary and was shortlisted for the Academy Award for Best Documentary. She produced The Velvet Underground, directed by Todd Haynes, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, was released on AppleTV+, received numerous award nominations, shortlisted for the Best Documentary Academy Award and featured on many Best Films of 2021 lists including the New York Times. Carolyn executive produced the acclaimed Academy Award and Goya Award nominated The Mole Agent, Tribeca Grand Jury Prize winner Socks on Fire, and produced Gotham and IDA Award winner A Thousand Cuts. Carolyn produced Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner and Oscar-shortlisted One Child Nation, released by Amazon Studios, and Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn, which premiered at the New York Film Festival and launched on HBO. She produced the Emmy-nominated and Oscar-shortlisted 3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets; the Netflix Original Take Your Pills, which premiered at SXSW; and co-produced Life, Animated, which was nominated for the 2017 Best Documentary Feature Academy Award, and won three Emmys, including the award for Best Documentary in 2018. She executive produced Charm City, shortlisted for the 2019 Academy Award; Love, Gilda, the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival Opening Night Film; Weiner, shortlisted for the 2017 Academy Award; Art and Craft, Emmy-nominated and shortlisted for the 2015 Academy Award; and the Showtime series Murder in the Bayou. Carolyn is producing new films with Roger Ross Williams, Maite Alberdi, Alison Klayman and Pernille Rose Grønkjær.

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J. Daniel Torres
Co-Producer

J. Daniel Torres graduated from Rutgers University and first joined Motto Pictures as an intern in 2017. Daniel was an associate producer on Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn (HBO), directed by Ivy Meeropol, and Todd Haynes’ The Velvet Underground (Cannes premiere 2020, Apple TV+). He is the co-producer of The Return of Tanya Tucker: featuring Brandi Carlile directed by Kathlyn Horan (2022 SXSW Film Festival Audience Award, in theaters 2022), Roger Ross Williams and Brooklyn Sudano’s upcoming Donna Summer documentary, and a non-fiction Netflix project to be announced in late 2022.

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Samantha Bloom
Co-Producer

Samantha Bloom graduated from Stanford University in 2017 with a B.A. in English, emphasis in creative writing. She started at Motto Pictures in 2017 as a creative assistant before becoming an associate producer and now a co-producer at the company. Most recently, Samantha was the co-producer on Unfinished Business (Tribeca Film Festival 2022), a definitive look at the WNBA told through the story of the New York Liberty and directed by Alison Klayman. Samantha also worked as a Post Production Coordinator on Maite Alberdi's Oscar nominated The Mole Agent; as a Production Associate on projects including Nanfu Wang's Peabody Award Winning In The Same Breath and Laura Nix's Peabody Award Winning Inventing Tomorrow; and as a Production Assistant on projects including Todd Haynes' The Velvet Underground (2020 Cannes Film Festival, Apple TV+), Andre Hoermann's Emmy nominated Ringside, and Nanfu Wang's Oscar shortlisted One Child Nation. Her writing projects to date include the book and lyrics of Disrupt!, a satirical Silicon Valley musical (performed in May 2017), and a social-media era Jekyll and Hyde television pilot selected for the second round of Sundance Story Labs. She is currently co-producing an upcoming Netflix documentary that will be announced in late 2022. 

 
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Alejandra Leipen
Associate Producer

Alejandra Leipen has been working at Motto Pictures since 2020 after graduating from New York University. Alejandra served as associate producer of American Pain (Tribeca premiere), The Fire That Took Her, and a soon-to-be announced Netflix documentary, in addition to contributing to In The Same Breath (Peabody Winner 2022).

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Hannah Finamore-Rossler
Creative Assistant