A heartbroken woman becomes entangled with a teenage girl...

Project type: Narrative Feature
Project status: Development
Director: Lara Gallagher
Producers: Aimee Lynn Barneburg, Karina Ripper, Davis Priestley
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A heartbroken woman stows away to her estranged lover’s lake house where she becomes entangled with a teenage girl.


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 young 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 she 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.

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Meet the Filmmakers

Lara Jean Gallagher — Writer/Director

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 currently lives in Portland, Oregon where she started the Portland Chapter of Film Fatales and is developing a feature film with the support of the Venice Biennale College.

Karina Ripper — Producer

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, Indie Memphis Film Festivals, and received the award 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 most recently was an Associate Producer on Beware the Slenderman, a feature-length documentary for HBO Films that premiered in 2017.

Davis Priestley — Producer

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, Tommy Harden’s short film Passage, and the Emmy-nominated Bravo series Project Runway. As a member of the development team at Mythgarden, Davis also helped produce Save Me (Sundance). 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 music talents like Madonna and Paul McCartney. He founded a production company in Oregon in 2013.

Aimee Lynn Barneburg — Producer

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 in Europe and Asia. Most recently, Aimee Lynn was the Associate Producer on Andrew Haigh’s latest film, Lean On Pete, releasing worldwide later this year.

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