When Claire’s search for her missing husband leads her to an alluring and manipulative graduate student, she uncovers a world of secrets that threaten to shatter their family.
CLAIRE IN MOTION is the second feature film from filmmaking team Lisa Robinson and Annie J. Howell. Exploring a short period of time inside one woman’s life-altering crisis, the story begins three weeks after math professor Claire Hunger’s husband has mysteriously disappeared, the police have ended their investigation and her son is beginning to grieve. The only person who hasn’t given up is Claire. Soon she discovers his troubling secrets, including an alluring yet manipulative graduate student with whom he had formed a close bond. As she digs deeper, Claire begins to lose her grip on how well she truly knew her husband and questions her own identity in the process. Claire in Motion twists the missing person thriller into an emotional take on uncertainty and loss.
Lisa Robinson and Annie J. Howell // Co-writers, Co-Directors
Lisa Robinson and Annie J. Howell’s debut feature, SMALL, BEAUTIFULLY MOVING PARTS, premiered at SXSW in 2011 and went on to play over thirty festivals. Awards include the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize at the Hamptons International Film Festival and the Audience Award at RiverRun Film Festival. Garnering praise from Variety, NPR as well as the late Roger Ebert, the film opened theatrically in New York and went on to play several other markets. In 2013, the film had its television premiere on PBS, streamed on Netflix, and is now available on Amazon Prime.
Howell and Robinson have each directed other short work, including TIA AND MARCO and HOLLOW respectively for the vanguard ITVS series FutureStates. Robinson’s awards include Martin E. Segal Prize, the Mitsubishi Award for Excellence, and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship. Howell’s awards include a Screenwriters' Colony fellowship, an IFP Grand Prize for an original script, and a 2010 San Francisco Film Society/Kenneth Rainin Foundation grant. Robinson has original screenwriting credits with the renowned Blue Man Group; Howell wrote the screenplay for LITTLE BOXES that is premiering this spring. They both live in New York City with their families.
JENNY DELLER // PRODUCER
Jenny Deller is a writer-director and producer living in Columbus, Ohio. Her debut feature, Future Weather, stars Amy Madigan, Lili Taylor and Perla Haney-Jardine. It premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and took home several honors on the festival circuit including Best Feature from the Napa Valley Film Festival. It went on to premiere theatrically in 2013, screening in over fifteen cities. The script for Future Weather received the Showtime Tony Cox Award for Screenwriting. The project also received three production grants from the Sloan Foundation for its unique portrayal of climate science. It can now be seen on Netflix, iTunes, Starz and HBO Europe. Named one of “10 Filmmakers to Watch” by The Independent, Jenny has attended the Nantucket Screenwriters Colony; IFP’s Narrative Lab and Emerging Visions; and Film Independent’s Producers Lab and Fast Track Market. Her most recent work, the short documentary Containing Addiction, was commissioned by the Sloan Foundation and the Science and Entertainment Exchange.
YAEL MELAMEDE // EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Yael Melamede is the co-founder of SALTY Features - an independent production company based in NYC whose goal is to create media that is entertaining and enhances the world. Yael’s film Inocente, directed by Sean and Andrea Fine, won the 2013 Academy Award for Best Documentary Short. Her last film Desert Runners, directed by Jennifer Steinman, won multiple awards in the US and around the world. Other producing credits include: Brief Interviews With Hideous Men (Dir: John Krasinksi), The Inner Life Of Martin Frost (Dir: Paul Auster), and My Architect (Dir: Nathaniel Kahn). Yael recently directed as well as produced (Dis)Honesty: The Truth About Lies - a collaboration with renowned social scientist Dan Ariely. Yael is a recovering architect and lives in NYC.
RYAN CUNNINGHAM // CO-PRODUCER
Ryan Cunningham is an Emmy & Peabody Award-winning producer whose credits include Inside Amy Schumer and Broad City (Comedy Central); Louie (FX); The Electric Company (Sesame Workshop/PBS Kids); Neon Joe, Werewolf Hunter, and Delocated (Adult Swim); Louis C.K.: Oh My God and Amy Schumer: Live at The Apollo (HBO); and the feature films The Drop (Fox Searchlight), and the upcoming 3rd Street Blackout, The Congressman, and Keep The Change. She also co-owns the NYC post-production company Running Man with her husband, Troy Thompson, and has a 4-year-old daughter. She never sleeps.
ANDREAS BURGESS // DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
A cinematographer who has worked in narrative, documentary and the spectrum in between for over 15 years, Andreas Burgess' work has screened at TriBeCa, Full Frame, Sundance and Cannes and on ABC, PBS, ESPN, TNT and Discovery. In 2015, he received his 2nd consecutive Emmy for his work on the period murder series A Crime to Remember. His narrative credits also include ABC's Final Witness, Independent Spirit Award-Winner Conventioneers and most recently and the Urdu-Language feature Dobara Phir Se (from acclaimed Pakistani director Mehreen Jabbar). Documentary credits include Johanna Hamilton's 1971 (Independent Lens), Elisabeth Havilland James' ethereal In So Many Words, and Sadia Shepard's portrait of modern Pakistan The Other Half of Tomorrow, which opened the 2012 Margaret Mead Film Festival. A graduate of Wesleyan University, Andreas is a lifelong fan of the Milwaukee Brewers and an avid barbecuer of marinated meats. He lives in New York City with his wife and small daughter. www.andreasburgess.com
JIM ISLER // EDITOR
Jim Isler has been working in film and television in New York since 2001. He won a 2015 Emmy for editing the feature documentary 24|7|365: The Evolution of Emergency Medicine. He directed and produced the documentary Two’s A Crowd, which won Best Short at the 2011 Hamptons Film Festival. Jim’s editing work for PBS Nature has earned him two Emmy nominations and a win for the 2012 Best Nature Program An Original DUCKumentary narrated by Paul Giamatti. He was the series editor for the scripted narrative web series Floaters, which won a 2007 Emmy for New Media.
EMMELINE E. WILKS-DUPOISE // PRODUCTION DESIGNER
Emmeline Wilks-Dupoise is an artist and activist based in New York City. While studying film and television production at NYU’s Tisch, she immersed herself in the art department. As a production designer she enjoys creating atmospheres and exploring new neighborhoods of visual storytelling. Her work focuses on a conversation between subject and their environment. Since 2009, she has production designed eight award-winning independent features, and countless shorts and music videos. Most recently, she production designed King Jack which premiered at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival and took home the audience award. Emmeline has also designed reenactment television series for Animal Planet, Discovery ID, and the Travel Channel as well as pilots for MTV and Lifetime. In her free time she can be found gardening, writing and painting.
NAOMI WOLFF // COSTUME DESIGNER
Naomi Wolff is a native New Yorker and has been designing for Film and Theater in New York City since 2003. She designed the costumes for the features Stones in the Sun (Patricia Benoit, Director. Winner Best Feature, Los Angeles Pan African Film Festival) and Forgetting the Girl (Nate Taylor, Director. Audience Award Winner, SoHo International Film Festival). She is currently beginning her 5th season as Assistant Costume Designer on CBS’s Blue Bloods with Tom Selleck, Donnie Wahlberg and Bridget Moynahan and has been the Assistant Designer on over a dozen TV series and Motion Pictures. Naomi has her MFA in Costume Design from Brandeis University and her BA from Queens College. She was the 2003 recipient of the Ruth Morley Prize for Excellence in Costume Design and is a proud member of United Scenic Artists Local 829.
XANDER DUELL // COMPOSER
Xander Duell is a New York-based songwriter and composer. Born Alexander McMahon, he is a founding member of the five-piece band Inouk. Eleven years later, Duell has returned with his new album Wade Laiste, an orchestral pop-rock mish-mash feast. He lives in Brooklyn with his family.
Betsy Brandt as Claire
Betsy Brandt (CLAIRE) is currently starring in the CBS comedy series “Life in Pieces,” with Colin Hanks, Dianne Wiest and James Brolin. She is well-known to television audiences for her portrayal of Marie, the sister-in-law of meth-making mastermind Walter White in the Emmy, SAG and Golden Globe award-winning series “Breaking Bad.” Brandt’s recent feature film credits include starring roles in MOTHERS OF THE BRIDE and the independent feature QUEST. She also appeared in the Steven Soderbergh film MAGIC MIKE, with Channing Tatum. She is also well-known to theater audiences throughout the country, having performed in premieres for playwrights Geoffrey Nauffts, Julia Cho and Beth Henley.
Anna Margaret Hollyman as Allison
Anna Margaret Hollyman (ALLISON) attended Sarah Lawrence College and graduated with a concentration in Theater Arts and Art History. She studied with Suzanne Esper at the William Esper Studio in New York.
Film credits include: SLEEPING WITH OTHER PEOPLE; MOJAVE; SUMMER OF BLOOD; WHITE REINDEER; SOCIAL BUTTERFLY; SMALL, BEAUTIFULLY MOVING PARTS; FUNNY BUNNY; SEVEN CHINESE BROTHERS; GAYBY; THE COLOR WHEEL; SOMEBODY UP THERE LIKES ME; THE OUTFIT; THE MINK CATCHER; WOMAN OF THE WORLD; MOVEMENT AND LOCATION; ADELAIDE; and ANNA.
Zev Haworth as Connor
Zev Haworth (CONNOR) is an Athens, Ohio native, where CLAIRE IN MOTION was filmed. He now lives in Pittsburgh, PA with his family, where he attends Colfax Middle School. An accomplished dancer and musician, Zev plays several instruments, including cello, flute, and clarinet. This is his feature film debut.
Chris Beetem as Paul
Chris Beetem (PAUL) studied theater in New York City and is a graduate of the William Esper Studios. His first film role was in GRACE AND GLORIE alongside Gena Rowlands and Diane Lane. He then went on to appear in numerous projects for film and television, including BLACK HAWK DOWN, EVERY DAY, MISTER POPPER’S PENGUINS, J.A.G., and PAN AM. Recently, his credits include MAGGIE BLACK and EMELIE, which premiered at the TriBeCa Film Festival. He is a recurring player on Comedy Central's Emmy winning “Inside Amy Schumer,” and can also be seen as lawyer Mark Payne on Netflix's “Orange is the New Black.”
Sakina Jaffrey as Maya
Sakina Jaffrey (MAYA) recently appeared in the revolutionary hit Off-Broadway play “Small Mouth Sounds" written by Bess Wohl and directed by Rachel Chavkin. On television she starred as White House Chief of Staff Linda Vasquez on Netflix’s “House of Cards,” recurred on the USA hit show "Mr. Robot" and can currently be seen as Mindy Lahiri's mother Sonu on Hulu's "The Mindy Project." Sakina is also well known for her standout role as Nilma in Garry Marshall's "Raising Helen." She has numerous other film and television roles, including "Sex and the City," "Girls," "Sleepy Hollow," "Heroes" and "Madam Secretary."