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, and Wendy, as well as non-fiction work like Western, 32 Sounds, A Thousand Thoughts, Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets, the documentary series Philly D.A. and the podcast Operator. Their work has premiered at festivals ranging from Sundance to Cannes to Telluride, and been distributed by companies such as ESPN, Neon, Searchlight Pictures and Paramount.  The Department has premiered over a dozen films at the Sundance Film Festival in the last ten years, which have won five awards,  including the Grand Jury Prize.  The company has also had projects nominated for or won international awards ranging from the Cannes Camera D’Or to the Oscars to the Indie Spirits, and in June received the Peabody Award.


Members of The Department of Motion Pictures include:

Michael Gottwald

Josh Penn

Claire Haley

Emily Jampel