Gretl Claggett

Gretl Claggett

Creator, Director, Writer, Filmmaker, Experiential Creative Director at Culture Catalyst

New York City, New York

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About Gretl

These are days of radical reinvention … and I’m no stranger to that.

With MFAs in Acting, Poetry and Nonfiction, plus successful stints as an On- and Off-Broadway actress, agency producer and business development executive, my eclectic arts and business background has built a strong foundation for a career steeped in storytelling — from creating short- and longform narrative content to immersive experiences for the world’s biggest brands.

As a director, writer and creative director, I’m committed to telling singular stories that entertain and catalyze conversations that can transform cultures.

My first film, HAPPY HOUR — narrated by Julianne Moore — 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.”

My second film, STORMCHASER — an award-winning, female-forward satire that’s currently playing the festival circuit — allegorizes this era in “Merica.” Company 3 color-graded and is sponsoring a High Dynamic Range finish to the film, which was the first indie to shoot on Sony Venice CineAlta cameras with Sigma Cine lenses.

I made STORMCHASER as a "featurette"/backdoor pilot and proof of concept for an episodic anthology I'm developing called DISASTER CAPITALISM. Because STORMCHASER is a longer short (27:12 RT), I recut and restructured the material to create a "true" short film, with a different arc and pacing, called FLIP THE SWITCH (14:51 RT) — so the story and its message could get more festival short programming play and reach a wider audience.

Another passion of mine is pioneering the use of innovative technologies to shape inspiring brand stories — from writing and directing Sony’s first-ever 4K 360° cinematic music video to creative directing high-profile events, such as Entertainment Weekly’s inaugural festival, PopFest, in Downtown LA, and IBM’s Partner World in San Francisco and its Amplify Conference on Watson Cognitive Marketing in Las Vegas.

One of my specialties is merging live performance with state-of-the-art multimedia. “Cognitive in Motion,” IBM Amplify’s opening experience — which I conceptualized, wrote, directed and produced, incorporating ‘pop & lock’ dancers, Notch (real-time generated art) and IBM cognitive data visualizations — won two top Telly Awards.

I kicked off 2020 directing three episodes of the comedic indie digital series, Chronicles of a BLEEP Year Old Woman, and am currently in development on a memoir manuscript, a feature-length and a long-form narrative project.




    DISASTER CAPITALISM Budget: $10M - $30M | Independent Other Comedy Drama DISASTER CAPITALISM explores how American workers struggle against and also perpetuate an elitist system that fuels and rewards the primitive urge inside us all to prey upon each other.



    FLIP THE SWITCH (2020)
    Film (short) by Gretl Claggett, Culture Catalyst (Comedy and Drama) Writer, Director, Producer, EP

  • Chronicles of a BLEEP Year Old Woman

    Chronicles of a BLEEP Year Old Woman (2020)
    TV Mini (Comedy) Director

  • Stormchaser

    Stormchaser (2019 - 2020)
    Film by Gretl Claggett, Culture Catalyst (Action, Comedy and Drama) Creator, Writer, Director, Producer, EP Featurette Film/Backdoor Pilot

  • Happy Hour

    Happy Hour (2013 - 2015)
    Film (short) by Culture Catalyst (Drama and Horror) Writer, Director, Producer When a woman meets her boyfriend for a romantic night out, a martini triggers childhood memories that threaten her ability to trust and love. Based on a poem; narrated by Julianne Moore.


  • STORMCHASER: Best Director (Mindfield Film Festival)

  • STORMCHASER: Best VFX (Mindfield Film Festival)

  • STORMCHASER: Best Short (Mindfield Film Festival)

  • STORMCHASER: Best Film (Toronto FEEDBACK Female Film Festival)

  • STORMCHASER: Best Acting (Toronto FEEDBACK Female Film Festival)

  • STORMCHASER: Best Cinematography (Toronto FEEDBACK Female Film Festival)

  • STORMCHASER: Best Music/Score (Toronto FEEDBACK Female Film Festival)

  • STORMCHASER: Platinum Remi Winner (WorldFest-Houston Int’l Film Festival)

  • STORMCHASER: Best Dramedy (LAIFFA: Los Angeles Independent Film Festival)

  • STORMCHASER: Best Narrative Short (Vegas Movie Awards)

  • STORMCHASER: Best Director (Vegas Movie Awards)

  • STORMCHASER: Best Director (Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema)

  • FLIP THE SWITCH: Semi-Finalist (5th Annual Stage 32 Short Film Contest)

  • STORMCHASER: Best Director (Williamsburg Independent Film Festival)

  • STORMCHASER: Best Cinematography (Williamsburg Independent Film Festival)

  • STORMCHASER: Best Actress, Drama (Williamsburg Independent Film Festival)

  • STORMCHASER: Best Director (New York Cinematography Awards)

  • STORMCHASER: Best Series Pilot (Short to the Point)

  • STORMCHASER: Award of Excellence (Global Shorts Winner)

  • STORMCHASER: Best Actor (Grove Film Festival)

  • STORMCHASER: Best Series Pilot (Short Film Factory)

  • STORMCHASER: Excellence in Short Form & TV Pilot (INDIEFest)

  • Happy Hour: Award of Distinction (Williamsburg Independent Film Festival)

  • Happy Hour: Maverick Movie Awards Finalist (for Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Actress)

  • Happy Hour: Excellence in Cinematography: Short Form (International Film Festival of Cinematic Arts)

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