Jessica Claire
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Professional Summary

Veteran film producer who has an extensive 25-year relationship with the independent filmmaker community. Produced award-winning films with leading content creators and directors (e.g., Lisa Cholodenko, Kelly Reichardt, Tamara Jenkins, John Leguizamo – full filmography attached) IFP Mentor to Dee Rees’ first feature (Pariah) and Chloé Zhao’s first feature (Songs My Brothers Taught Me). Titles have premiered at prestigious festivals around the globe (Sundance, Cannes, Toronto) and have been released by signature studios and streamers (Universal/October Films, Sony Pictures Classics, HBO, Netflix) Recipient of the Sundance Institute’s Mark Silverman Producer Fellow and of The Spirit Awards Ralph Lauren Producer's Award; panelist and moderator of numerous production and finance panels at festivals and markets, frequent graduate film school guest speaker, adjunct professor of producing at Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema/CUNY- Brooklyn Navy Yard, and former IFP Board of Directors member.


Creative Script Notes

Movie Magic Budgeting & Scheduling

Production Management, Logistics & Operation

Legal Drafting/Legal Review

Production Reports/Cost Reports/Financial Reports

Technical and Legal Delivery

Communicator: strong verbal and written; active listener

Public Speaking

Team Leader/Team Member

Independent Thinker and Decision Maker

Conflict Manager/Mediator

Work History
Independent Film Producer, 04/1994 - 05/2021
Salesforce.Com, Inc. Seattle, WA,

Produced over 25 film projects, numerous live events and dozens of commercials. Hands-on in all phases of bringing a script to a screen. Attached talent, raised financing and contributed meaningful creative collaboration with directors to exact his/her/their vision. Fostered strong and supportive relationships with financiers. Lead negotiator on optioning material, writer and director contracts, talent contracts, key creative contracts, union and guild signatory agreements, studio finance agreements and independent finance agreements (e.g., equity, senior debt, tax credits, presales, negative pick-ups and various combinations thereof) and distribution/exhibition deals. In addition, handled business affairs including advising and forming corporate structure of production entity, overseeing compliance with state and local labor and tax laws, assessing risks and procuring insurance, and supervising all employment and payroll matters.

Producer experience also includes festival strategies with direct knowledge from premiering films at Sundance (Dramatic Competition), Cannes (Directors Fortnight), Toronto (Competition), Berlin (Forum), Venice, Tokyo, Haifa, Deauville, Tribeca and SxSW, amongst others.

Broadcast Producer, 05/2016 - 12/2020
Warnermedia Washington, DC,

Producer of multi-media commercials for regional, national and international brands; oversaw and implemented all aspects of production for creative director of agency.

Producer, 07/2017 - 12/2019
IFP (Independent Feature Project) City, STATE,

IFP 27th IFP Gotham Awards – producer; executive director Joana Vicente
IFP 28th IFP Gotham Awards – producer; executive director Joana Vicente
IFP 29th IFP Gotham Awards – producer; executive director Jeff Sharp
Produced live film awards held at Cipriani's in NYC; worked closely with executive director and IFP staff on organization's key annual fundraiser, day-to-day contact with studio distribution and publicity executives and industry executives for Tribute Awards; hired set designers, worked with graphic designer to create assets for web and print advertising in all trades; created and delivered 8-page "booklet" advertising insert for New York Times - Sunday's Art and Leisure Section; cast all presenters of category awards, worked with writer on script and created Run of Show.

J.D.: , Expected in 05/1988
Washington & Lee University School of Law - Lexington, VA
Bachelor of Arts: Economics And Political Science (Double Major), Expected in 05/1985
Mary Baldwin College - Staunton, VA
  • Graduated magna cum laude
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Student Government Association, President

Directors Guild of America, UPM

New York State Bar, Attorney

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