Get to Know Gretl

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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, a Brand Content Producer and Creative Director, plus a top-selling Business Development Executive, my eclectic background provides a strong foundation for a career steeped in transmedia storytelling — from creating short- and long-form narratives across multiple genres to tech-forward immersive experiences for the world’s biggest brands.

As a Creator/Writer, Director and Filmmaker, I’m committed to telling singular, diverse stories that entertain and catalyze conversations that can transform our culture.

My first film, Happy Hour — narrated by Julianne Moore — screened as an official selection at more than 15 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/proof-of-concept TV pilot, STORMCHASER, is a female-forward, nuanced satire that allegorizes this era in “Merica”: Global Warming, Disaster Capitalism, Bullying, #MeToo, Morality, a Shrinking Middle Class and Country Divided. STORMCHASER has been selected to screen at more than 50 festivals worldwide — winning AMC Network’s Inaugural “Best Female Creator” Award at Stareable Fest 2020 and “Best Writer and Director” Awards at the 2021 New York Women in Film & Television Festival. Other awards include multiple wins for Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Film, Best Pilot, Best Cinematography, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Ensemble Cast, Best Original Score/Soundtrack, and Best VFX.

I cut and restructured the story to make a shorter, 15-minute film, FLIP THE SWITCH, which was a finalist in the 2020 international Stage 32 Short Film Program Contest, and is now screening at multiple festivals around the world. Company 3 color-graded both 4K versions and 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 mine is pioneering the use of innovative technologies to shape inspiring brand stories — from writing and directing Sony’s first 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 plus 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.

A lifelong learner, I love teaching and mentoring individuals and teams — inspiring students and collaborators to do their best work.

In 2020, I directed 3 episodes of an indie short-form comedic series. Currently, I’m writing a memoir manuscript and developing a feature-length black comedy plus a feature-length horror film, as well as a long-form episodic metaphysical thriller.