The IWC Filmmaker Award, presented by TFI, provides finishing funds to one feature-length scripted film per year. These films challenge the status quo not just in story and subject matter, but in execution. This award gives the filmmaker an opportunity to amplify his or her vision while audiences celebrate their innovative approach to cinema and character. Previous winners include THE RIDER, CROWN HEIGHTS, AWOL, NAZ & MAALIK and most recently STRAY DOLLS which premieres at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival.
We're thrilled to announce that the 2019 winner is Lara Jean Gallagher's CLEMENTINE. The award will be used to enhance the film's sound design and composition.
CLEMENTINE tells the story of a heartbroken woman who becomes entangled with a younger girl after breaking into her ex's lake house in the Pacific Northwest. Equal parts psychological drama and sexual coming-of-age story, it is a tense rumination on who to love and how to let go.
CLEMENTINE was developed with the support of the Venice Biennale College-Cinema, the Sundance Institute, Film Independent, and IFP. It stars Otmara Marrero (Crackle’s “Start-up”), Sydney Sweeney (Hulu’s THE HANDMAID'S TALE, HBO’s SHARP OBJECTS), Will Brittain (KONG: SKULL ISLAND, EVERYBODY WANTS SOME!!), and Sonya Walger (ABC’s THE CATCH and LOST).
Meet the filmmaking team...
Lara Jean Gallagher, Writer/Director
Lara Jean Gallagher is a writer and director originally from rural Pennsylvania where she was raised on a steady stream of television, polka, processed food, and wooded warfare with her three sisters. Her work focuses on small towns, dysfunctional families, and the kind of humor and relationships that are only possible when everything else is screwed up. Her shorts and music videos have screened at SXSW, Palm Springs Shortfest, Mill Valley, Portland International, DC Shorts, and online via Pitchfork, Spin, Rolling Stone, and NPR, among others. Lara earned her Directing M.F.A. from Columbia University and was named one of IFP’s 2015 Emerging Storytellers. She currently lives in Portland, Oregon and is in postproduction on her first feature film, CLEMENTINE, with the support of the Venice Biennale College-Cinema and IFP.
Aimee Lynn Barneburg, Producer
Aimee Lynn Barneburg is an independent producer and a Sundance Creative Producing Summit Fellow based in Portland, Oregon. Aimee Lynn got her start working in Los Angeles on large-scale film productions under veteran writer/director Garry Marshall. Since then, Aimee Lynn has UPM’d independent feature films and produced numerous projects ranging from short films and music videos to multi-million dollar ad campaigns for leading global brands such as Nike, Adidas, Amazon, and Google. She is a story-driven producer able to work within a variety of budgets and locations having shot all over the U.S., as well as South America, Europe, and Asia. Most recently, Aimee Lynn was the associate producer on Andrew Haigh’s latest film, LEAN ON PETE, distributed by A24 and released in March 2018.
Dave Priestley, Producer
Davis Priestley founded Revery, a creative production company, in Portland Oregon in 2013 and serves as Founder and Executive Creative Producer. A California native, he got his start in production at age 13. While in Los Angeles he worked as an assistant director, UPM, line producer, and producer for many film and TV projects. Select credits include the independent feature THE AUTEUR (Tribeca premiere), the interactive web film THE BUILD, Gus Van Sant’s PARANOID PARK, Craig Lucas’ THE DYING GAUL, HBO’s ENTOURAGE, Tommy Harden’s short film PASSAGE, and the Emmy-nominated Bravo series PROJECT RUNWAY. As a member of the development team at Mythgarden, Davis also helped bring SAVE ME to the screen (Sundance premiere). His background also includes extensive commercial production for clients such as Nike, Google, Cartoon Network, Adobe, and Audi, as well as several live-event projects with music talents like Madonna and Paul McCartney.
Karina Ripper, Producer
Karina Ripper is a first-generation Mexican-American and former Texan, where she studied film production at the University of North Texas while hustling nights in a newsroom as a floor director and camera operator. In New York City, she worked on television series productions for National Geographic WILD and the Discovery Channel. Her most recent short film, THE CHILD AND THE DEAD (Producer, Co-Director), screened at the 2016 Mill Valley, Maryland, St. Louis and Indie Memphis Film Festivals and received awards for best short at the Bend Film Festival and Oregon Independent Film Festivals. She works as a producer and post supervisor on commercial campaigns for clients such as Nike and Adidas and was an Associate Producer on BEWARE THE SLENDERMAN, a 2017 feature length documentary for HBO Films.
Kim Bailey (Producer)
Isabel Marden (Producer)
Andres Karu (Director of Photography)
Alexander Morris (Editor)
Katy Jarzebowski (Composer)
Nicole Arbusto (Casting Director)
Kelly Ford (Marketing Strategist)