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, Wendy, Farewell Amor, and a season of High Maintenance, 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.” The Department has premiered over a dozen films at the Sundance Film Festival in the last ten years, with work distributed by ESPN, Neon, Searchlight Pictures, and Paramount. The company’s projects have won Sundance’s Grand Jury Prize as well as the Camera d’Or at Cannes, and been nominated for Oscars and Indie Spirits; in June the DMP received the Peabody Award for “Philly D.A.”


Members of The Department of Motion Pictures include:

Michael Gottwald

Josh Penn

Claire Haley

Emily Jampel