Unable to let go of her failing relationship with an older and more successful woman, KAREN, 29, stows away to her estranged lover’s lake house in a remote and beautiful forest in the Pacific Northwest. Here she meets LANA, a provocative girl of indeterminate age, hell-bent on moving to California, and cultivating an identity that lives up to her expectations of the world outside of her shitty little town. Lana’s yarns captivate Karen as Karen tries to figure out who she is and who she’ll become outside of an all-consuming relationship.
The narrative follows the development of Lana and Karen’s complex attachment. As Karen grapples with her past and expectations for the future, her relationship with Lana oscillates between that of friends, mother/daughter, sisters, lovers, beholder and beheld.
The film aspires to simply but cinematically explore the cyclical nature of relationships as well as a rarely seen Lolita-like dynamic between two women. Equal parts psychological drama and sexual coming-of-age story, Clementine is a tense rumination on who to love and how to let go.
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 MFA (with honors!) from Columbia University and was named one of IFP’s 2015 Emerging Storytellers. She is currently living in Portland, Oregon and developing Clementine, with the support of the Venice Biennale College.
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 feature length documentary for HBO Films, premiering in early 2017.
An independent producer now based in Portland, OR, Aimee Lynn Barneburg got her start working in Los Angeles on large-scale film productions such as Raising Helen and the Princess Diaries franchise under writer/director Garry Marshall. Since then, Aimee Lynn has UPM’d independent feature films and produced numerous projects ranging from short films and indie music videos to multimillion 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 in Europe and Asia. Most recently, Aimee Lynn was the Associate Producer on Andrew Haigh’s latest feature, Lean On Pete, which filmed in Oregon and will premier worldwide in 2017.
Davis Priestley has a long background in storytelling. Starting in Los Angeles, he has worked as an Assistant Director, Unit Production Manager, Line Producer, and Producer for many film and TV projects. Select credits include the independent feature, The Auteur (Tribeca), the interactive web film, The Build, Gus Van Sant’s Paranoid Park, Craig Lucas’ The Dying Gaul, HBO’s Entourage, and the Emmy-nominated Bravo series Project Runway. As a member of the development team at Mythgarden, Davis also helped produce the Sundance-premiering film Save Me. His background also includes extensive corporate and commercial production for clients such as Nike, Google, Cartoon Network, Adobe and Audi, as well as several live event projects with musical talents like Madonna and Paul McCartney. He founded a production company in Oregon in 2013.
Kelly Ford is a Marketing Strategist based in Portland, OR. Originally hailing from Minnesota, she studied Art History and Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, before heading out west to purse a career as an Art Consultant. She spent five years in the art world; representing artists by curating and selling a diverse range of fine art to a dedicated clientele. In 2013, Kelly segued into a more focused role in marketing at creative agencies. As an Account Executive, she has managed marketing strategy and execution for global and boutique brands such as Adidas, Herschel Supply Co., Converse and Rapha Cycles. But her heart remains rooted in art, as she spends her nights and weekends helping to craft narratives and strategic planning across all media, and above all else, advocating for Creatives, Artists and Storytellers.
Nicole Arbusto has continued her long relationship with Azazel Jacobs, casting his most recent film, The Lovers, which stars Debra Winger and Tracy Letts and was produced by A24. The film had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. Recent films include Trust Nordisk & Bacon Pictures DRIB, which screened at SXSW, and 31, written and directed by Rob Zombie, which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. In TV, she recently cast Room 104, a new anthology series from the Duplass Bros., airing on HBO during summer 2017. Other films screening at Sundance include Stephanie Daley, The Business of Strangers, and The Tao of Steve. Nicole also casts for theater and has a 12-year association with the Ojai Playwrights Conference, working with playwrights and directors in the development of new work. She is a graduate of Smith College.