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The Department of Motion Pictures produces narrative and documentary features as well as a variety of short-form and series work, with a focus on ambitious, cinematic, and emotionally resonant storytelling.

 

The Department of Motion Pictures produces narrative and documentary features and series, with a focus on ambitious, cinematic, and emotionally resonant storytelling. Over the years, members of the DMP have produced BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD, PATTI CAKE$, MONSTERS & MEN, the Vimeo season of HIGH MAINTENANCE, as well as non-fiction work like TCHOUPITOULAS, WESTERN, A THOUSAND THOUGHTS, and projects in collaboration with David Byrne, Laurie Anderson, and Olympian Kerri Walsh Jennings. Their work has premiered at Sundance, Cannes, and TIFF, and been distributed by ESPN, Fox Sports, Neon, Searchlight, and Paramount.  The Dept. premiered three films at Sundance 2020: WENDY, FAREWELL AMOR and BLOODY NOSE, EMPTY POCKETS.  Though the DMP was officially established in 2015 its members have been part of the Court 13 collective and making movies together since 2007.

 

The DMP was formed in 2015 out of the Court 13 collective (which went on to become Court 13 Arts, a New Orleans based arts non-profit).  Before that, the DMP’s founding members worked in new media for the 2008 and 2012 Obama campaigns.

Members of The Department of Motion Pictures include:

Michael Gottwald

Josh Penn

Elizabeth Lodge Stepp

Cypriene J. Oliver

Emily Jampel