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.

OUR TEAM

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 is currently in production on The Velvet Underground, directed by Todd Haynes, and new films with Roger Ross Williams, Nanfu Wang and Maite Alberdi. Julie executive produced Tribeca Grand Jury Prize winner Socks on Fire, and the acclaimed The Mole Agent, and produced A Thousand Cuts —both 2020 Sundance premieres. 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 in June. Julie produced Emmy Award-winning and Oscar-nominated Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, The Final Year, and Showtime’s series Murder in the Bayou. 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.

Christopher Clements

Producer

Christopher Clements is an Emmy and Peabody Award-winning producer and partner at Motto Pictures. He is currently in production on The Velvet Underground, directed by Todd Haynes, and new films with Roger Ross Williams, Nanfu Wang and Maite Alberdi. Christopher recently executive produced Tribeca Grand Jury Prize winner Socks on Fire, and the acclaimed The Mole Agent, and produced A Thousand Cuts—both 2020 Sundance Film Festival premieres. 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 Take Your Pills which premiered at SXSW and is a Netflix Original. 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 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 is currently in production on The Velvet Underground, directed by Todd Haynes, and new films with Roger Ross Williams, Nanfu Wang and Maite Alberdi. She recently executive produced Socks on Fire, winner of the 2020 Tribeca Grand Jury Prize; Ringside which premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival, won the Silver Hugo Award at the Chicago International Film Festival and debuted in June on Showtime; and the acclaimed The Mole Agent, and produced A Thousand Cuts—both 2020 Sundance Film Festival premieres. 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 in June. She produced the Emmy-nominated and Oscar-shortlisted 3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets; Take Your Pills, which premiered at SXSW and was acquired by Netflix; and Take Back the Harbor, which premiered on Discovery. She 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 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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Marissa Ericson

Line Producer

Marissa Ericson is a line producer who joined Motto Pictures in 2013. She is a line producer on the upcoming film The Velvet Underground, directed by Todd Haynes, and recently co-produced Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn, directed by Ivy Meeropol, which premiered at the New York Film Festival and was released on HBO in June. Some of Marissa's other credits while working at Motto Pictures include Ringside, The Mole Agent, One Child Nation, Take Your Pills and Life Animated. Marissa is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA). 

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Daniel Torres

Associate Producer

Daniel Torres graduated from Rutgers University 2017 with a double major in Cultural Anthropology and Journalism and Media Studies. After interning with Motto Pictures during his last semester of college, he joined their team in 2018 and has been a production assistant on a variety of their projects. Daniel was a research assistant on The Cleaners, which premiered at Sundance Film Festival, and a production assistant on Love, Gilda, Tribeca Film Festival’s 2018 opening night film, which will be released by Magnolia Pictures and CNN Films in the Fall. Additionally, he has worked on Emmy-nominated Humans of New York: The Series, which premiered on Facebook in 2017, and Take Your Pills, which premiered on Netflix in 2018. Among other Motto Pictures projects, Daniel is currently working on Todd Haynes’ upcoming documentary based on The Velvet Underground as a production assistant.

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Samantha Bloom

Associate Producer

Samantha Bloom is an associate producer and has been at Motto Pictures since 2017. She graduated from Stanford University in 2017 with a B.A. in English, emphasis in creative writing. Samantha has contributed to a variety of projects including The Mole Agent, Ringside, One Child Nation, Murder in the Bayou, Inventing Tomorrow, The Cleaners, and Humans of New York: The Series. 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. 

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Alejandra Leipen

Creative Assistant

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