FILMMAKER

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GRETL CLAGGETT is a creator, writer, and director committed to telling singular stories that reflect current dilemmas but are timeless — stories that entertain and catalyze conversations that can transform cultures.

Gretl’s first film Happy Hour — narrated by Julianne Moore — is based on true events and a poem from her book, Monsoon Solo: Voices Once Submerged. The film screened as an official selection at 18 festivals, winning awards and garnering praise from Oscar-winning Writer/Director Robert Benton: “Happy Hour is a lush, elegiac film about an extremely difficult subject and Ms. Claggett handles it masterfully.”

Gretl’s second film/long-form narrative pilot, STORMCHASER, is a female-forward, nuanced satire that allegorizes this era in “Merica”: Global Warming, Disaster Capitalism, Trump, Bullying, #MeToo, Morality, a Shrinking Middle Class and Country Divided. The film/pilot has been selected to screen at more than 45 festivals around the world — and won AMC Network’s Inaugural Best Female Creator Award at Stareable Fest 2020. Other awards include multiple wins in the following categories: Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Film, Best Pilot, Best Cinematography, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Ensemble Cast, Best Original Score/Soundtrack, and Best VFX.

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Gretl cut and restructured the story to make a much shorter 15-minute film, FLIP THE SWITCH, which was a finalist in the 2020 international Stage 32 Short Film Program Contest, and is at the start of its festival run. Company 3 — who color-graded both 4K versions — is sponsoring a High Dynamic Range (HDR) finish to STORMCHASER, which was the first indie production to shoot on Sony Venice CineAlta cameras with Sigma Cine lenses.

Another passion of Gretl’s is pioneering the use of innovative technologies to shape stories that engage and inspire audiences. She wrote and directed Sony’s first-ever 4K 360° cinematic music video, which premiered at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show and was featured in Sony’s activation at SXSW. She leads creative on high-profile events, such as Entertainment Weekly’s inaugural festival, PopFest, in Downtown LA, and IBM’s Amplify Conference on Watson Cognitive Marketing in Las Vegas. One of her specialties is merging live performance with state-of-the-art multimedia. “Cognitive in Motion,” IBM Amplify’s opening experience — which she conceptualized, wrote, directed, and produced, incorporating ‘pop & lock’ dancers, Notch (real-time generated art), and IBM cognitive data visualizations — won two top Telly Awards.

At the start of 2020, Gretl directed 3 episodes of a comedic indie short-form series. She’s currently writing and developing a memoir manuscript, a feature-length, and a long-form narrative project.

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DIRECTORS OF PHOTOGRAPHY
JEFF BERLIN
ARI ROTHSCHILD

PRODUCTION DESIGNER
TYLER WALLACH

COSTUME DESIGNER
ANNE STEBBINS

EDITOR
EMILY CHAO

SOUND DESIGNER
DAN GRALICK

ORIGINAL SCORE
4A STABLES

CASTING DIRECTOR
JENNIFER PERALTA-AJEMIAN

CAST
IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE

YOUNG BONNIE BLUE
KAITLYND COLLINS

BONNIE’S FATHER
PAUL NOONAN

BONNIE BLUE
MARY BIRDSONG

SHOTGUN SAM
CHRISTIAN KOHN

COUSIN “SLICK” RICK
JUSTIN SARGENT

DANNY DUH BOY
DANIEL KRSTYEN

WILDMAN WILLY
WILLIAM T. DONOVAN

SELLIN’ SETH
SETH CLAYTON

NATE NET X
NATE RICHMAN

STRONG ARM SEAN
SEAN-MICHAEL WILKINSON

POPS
JACK SHEA

FLIP SMYTH
STEPHEN PLUNKETT

DON STUCKEY
DOMINIC RAINS

MR. JOHNSON
KEVIN MURRAY

ROSY, THE HOUSEWiFE
ROSEMARY HOWARD

WODDY, THE COOK
CHRISTOPHER PASI

DOTTY, THE WAITRESS
PAMELA JAYNE MORGAN

REPORTER
SONIA DEBRECZENI

RADIO/TV ANNOUNCERS, EVANGELIST
DWAYNE HILL, V.O.

SHEEP
FIONA, ROISIN & CLODAGH

YOUNG BONNIE BLUE
BONNIE’S FATHER
BONNIE BLUE
SHOTGUN SAM
COUSIN “SLICK” RICK
DANNY DUH BOY
WILDMAN WILLY
SELLIN’ SETH
NATE NET X
STRONG ARM SEAN
POPS
FLIP SMYTH
DON STUCKEY
MR. JOHNSON
ROSY, THE HOUSEWIFE
WODDY, THE COOK
DOTTY, THE WAITRESS
REPORTER
RADIO/TV ANNOUNCERS, EVANGELIST
SHEEP

CREW

PRODUCTION MANAGER
AGATHA GIGI BOYLE

1ST ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
ETAN HARWAYNE-GIDANSKY

2ND ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
DANIEL RAMIREZ

CO-PRODUCER
PHILIP GILPIN, JR.

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER
JEFF BERLIN

LINE PRODUCER
ISAAC WILKINS

ART DIRECTOR
CHRISTOPHER PASI

A-CAM 1ST ASSISTANT CAMERA
CHRIS PARENTE

A-CAM 2ND ASSISTANT CAMERA
LUCAS RUDERMAN

B-CAM 1ST ASSISTANT CAMERA
ZACK AURON

B-CAM 2ND ASSISTANT CAMERA
ADAM SCHICKLING

D.I.T.
SANDRA STAKIC

SCRIPT SUPERVISOR
DIANA SHOYKHET

SOUND MIXER
TREVOR HOAR

GAFFER
BEN HEALD

BEST BOY ELECTRIC
JULIAN LOWENTHAL

KEY GRIP
RYAN MCCLUNEY

SWING
ETHAN HACKER

SET DRESSER
CHRISTIAN KOHN

HAILSTONES
JASON CLEMENT

WARDROBE SUPERVISOR
TAYLOR WHITE

KEY HAIR/MAKEUP ARTIST
ANGEL YU

MAKEUP ARTIST
JOSEPH DROBEZKO II

MAKEUP ARTIST
DEBORAH SHELDON

PRODUCTION COORDINATOR
JANELLE COLEMAN

CATERERS
DEBORAH SHELDON & DAIRY CENTER ENTERPRISES

ADDITIONAL GAFFER
BLAINE CHOU

ADDITIONAL GRIP
WALEY WANG

ADDITIONAL PRODUCTION COORDINATOR
NATALIE SHAHEEN

ADDITIONAL EDITOR
PETER ZIELYK

ADDITIONAL SOUND ENGINEERS
TOM CONWAY, RICK SABO

SOUND MIXER, 5.1 SURROUND
DAVE CHMELAFULL SAIL UNIVERSITY

TORNADO FOOTAGE & CONSULTANT
SKIP TALBOT

TORNADO PHOTOGRAPHY & CONSULTANT
JENNIFER BRINDLEY

VFX ARTISTS
ANDREW HOGDENFANI VASSIADIDAVE YOUNG

CONSULTING ART DIRECTOR, POST
ISABEL CLAVO, INTERAKTIKA STUDIO

COLORIST
DUSTIN WADSWORTHCOMPANY 3

PRODUCTION MANAGER
1ST ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
2ND ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
CO-PRODUCER
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER
LINE PRODUCER
ART DIRECTOR
A-CAM 1ST ASSISTANT CAMERA
A-CAM 2ND ASSISTANT CAMERA
B-CAM 1ST ASSISTANT CAMERA
B-CAM 2ND ASSISTANT CAMERA
D.I.T.
SCRIPT SUPERVISOR
SOUND MIXER
GAFFER
BEST BOY ELECTRIC
KEY GRIP
SWING
SET DRESSER
HAILSTONES
WARDROBE SUPERVISOR
KEY HAIR/MAKEUP ARTIST
MAKEUP ARTIST
LOCATIONS COORDINATOR
PRODUCTION COORDINATOR
CATERERS
ADDITIONAL GAFFER
ADDITIONAL GRIP
ADDITIONAL PRODUCTION COORDINATOR
ADDITIONAL EDITOR
ADDITIONAL SOUND ENGINEERS
SOUND MIXER, 5.1 SURROUND
TORNADO FOOTAGE & CONSULTANT
TORNADO PHOTOGRAPHY & CONSULTANT
VFX ARTISTS
CONSULTING ART DIRECTOR, POST
COLORIST

PRODUCTION ASSISTANTS

TALIA MILITARY, ELOUISE MONTGOMERY, KASH C. ZIEMBA, GABBY CECALA, ABIGAIL MURPHY, CLAUDIA MURPHY, ZANE PAPPAS
VALENTINA RADON ENRIQUEZ, JOHN BOARD, IZZY SHAPERO, CEDRIC JAKOB, SABRINA ATHENA, ALEX SANSALONE, MAJOR KERR

ADDITIONAL MUSIC

“FLIP SIDING JINGLE”

YANKEE DOODLE DANDY BY GEORGE M. COHAN
LYRICS BY GRETL CLAGGETT
PIANO TRACK BY LOUIS LANDON
PERFORMED BY GRETL CLAGGETT

“THE UNIVERSE IS INFINITE”

MUSIC & LYRICS BY JAN ROSS
ARRANGED & PRODUCED BY DAN GRALICK
HARMONICA BY ROB PAPAROZZI
PERFORMED BY MARY BIRDSONG

SPECIAL THANKS

DOROTHY CLAGGETT

SONY ELECTRONICS
JASON CLEMENT
PETER CRITHARY
TRACY FARRINGTON
JACLYNNE GENTRY
SIMON MARSH

SIGMA CINE LENSES
AUBREY DUCLOS
BRIAN LINHOFF

MANIOS DIGITAL & FILM
STEVE MANIOS

COMPANY 3
DUSTIN WADSWORTH
STEPHANIE ARCE

ABELCINE
ALEX KURZE 

TARA DOWDEN
WAYNE BELL
ISABEL CLAVO
ALLIE REYNOLDS
SAM HANDY
KEVIN CHAP
DAVID BAKER
THE BEAN FAMILY
CHARLOTTE JONES
ANDREW SCHNEIDER

JIM ROWEN
ELIZABETH GAMACHE
DAVID PREMINGER
FABIOLA TURNER & TIM DOCKERY
TED BOOTH
JILL & CHRIS DRURY
JACOB KRUEGER
LOUIS LUCHINI JR.
DAVID ADAMS
JEFFREY WAGER
KATY & JON COLLIN
MAUREEN BROWN
LARRY & RUTH SNOW
SCOTT CLEVELAND
JESSICA HINDS
TWIGG’S GASTROPUB
VT STATE POLICE
CATALYST COFFEE
THE ARLINGTON INN
CITY OF ST. ALBANS
WEST DOVER INN
ST. ALBANS POLICE DEPARTMENT
FATHER BILL GIROUX, ST. PATRICK’S CHURCH
PAWLET VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT
LUTHER MANOR RETIREMENT-NURSING
VT DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM & MARKETING
WINHALL POLICE DEPARTMENT