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 based in Portland, Oregon, Aimee Lynn Barneburg got her start working in Los Angeles on large-scale film productions under veteran writer/director Garry Marshall. Since then, Aimee Lynn has UPM’d independent feature films and produced numerous projects ranging from short films and 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 South America, Europe and Asia. Most recently, Aimee Lynn was the Associate Producer on Andrew Haigh’s latest film, Lean on Pete, distributed by A24 and releasing worldwide in 2018.
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.
Andres Karu was born and raised in New Jersey. After studying film at Rutgers University, he wound up pursuing another passion of his... music. He travelled the U.S. and Europe as a professional musician for several years before moving to New York City to begin a career as a cameraman. He worked his way up as a camera assistant over the next six years, working on commercials, short films, music videos, and the last seven years working as a cinematographer. He has photographed several features and over two-dozen short films, several of which have screened at major film festivals such as Telluride, SXSW, Tribeca and Los Angeles Film Festival.
Alexander Morris is a writer and editor based in Portland, Oregon. Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, he studied English at Lewis and Clark College. After graduation he started working in the film industry and was drawn to editing because of his interest in story. He has edited short form and commercial projects for such clients as Nike, FX, Columbia, KFC, Old Spice, and the Producers Guild of America. His feature credits include assisting Kelly Reichardt on Certain Womenand editing Breadcrumb Trail, Lance Bangs' feature length documentary about the mysterious underground rock band, Slint.
Raw, angry, and unhinged, with doe eyes just beginning to show signs of age. Once seen as the exciting young lover, full of energy and promise, now she finds herself older, overlooked, and embittered by the years of living in the shadow of someone else’s career and fame while her own ambition and sense of self has all but deteriorated. She’s caught between two visions of herself — the young, wide-eyed admirer she used to be, and the old, successful cynic she’s terrified to become. Karen is hurt and wants to heal, but can’t deny the pleasure she gets digging into wounds.
Hell-bent on getting to California, becoming a famous actress, and living an interesting life outside of her small town. She’s just started to understand the power her sexuality holds over men, but Karen poses a new challenge that goes beyond simple seductions. Lana begins to experiment with increasingly elaborate yarns to earn Karen’s affection while also hoping to prove her worth as an actress.
An overtly masculine handy man hired by D. to maintain the lake house in her absence. Beau is quiet, skeptical, and enjoys making Karen uncomfortable with his presence and casually homophobic tendencies. He likes Lana and wants to see how far he can go with her, but unlike the women around him, Beau doesn’t play games.
Stunning and androgynous, Prince Charming in lipstick, D. is a successful visual artist based in LA. Her abstract, soak-stain style of painting is indicative of her ability to seep in and control people and situations, even from afar and without a precise plan. Despite a protective, hard-to-crack exterior, D. seeks companionship and is deeply saddened by the failure of yet another once-potent love affair.