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Claire Varney

Claire Varney is a Field Producer and Corresponding Journalist.

Claire directs and produces one-on-one and impromtu interviews @ premieres, festivals, on-the-street, and production behind-the-scenes throughout the US and internationally.   


Productions include:

HBO Field producer/Correspondent -20 years "The Buzz" 

CTV / Bell Media Canada - 15 years as L.A. & NYC based Producer with "ETalk"

Paramount Studios, Discovery, Showtime, BSkyB, Star TV Asia, CityTV/Rogers Communications, AMPAS and more...

Independent film EPK Producer and Unit Publicist   




Tribeca Film Festival 2022 - Interview with Mike Mintz & Irad Straus, Co-Directors of BOWERY ~ By Claire Varney

BOWERY is an intimate look into the lives of five homeless New Yorkers who live in the Bowery section of NYC.  Filming commenced in 2019. and continued through June 2020. Mintz and Straus reveal the personal struggles of living homeless on the street and facing incomparable challenges with crime, drug addiction, making an income, brutal weather and the ensuing COVID-19 outbreak.   The World Premiere of BOWERY took place in the Tribeca At Home festival section online on June 12th.&n...

JAZZ FEST: A NEW ORLEANS STORY Interview with Ryan Suffern, Co-Director and Producer ~ By Claire Varney

Every spring I look forward to heading south to one of my favorite cities on the planet to join the celebration that is the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.  After a long winter, it guarantees a joyous reunion of family and friends, off the charts terrific music, really great food, and together joke de vivre!  The festival was postponed in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic. Very tough for many of us. Needless to say, we all were overjoyed to have it back on the last weekend of ...

Sundance Film Festival 2022 - Interview with Karim Ben Khelifa, Director of SEVEN GRAMS ~ By Claire Varney

    SEVEN GRAMS is directed by photojournalist and war correspondent Karim Ben Khelifa.  THE ENEMY, his 2017 award-winning virtual reality exhibition sought to humanize the images of war by allowing participants to encounter combatants on opposite sides of conflicts throughout the world.   Continuing his long standing committment to bringing forth personal narratives behind global issues, SEVEN GRAMS is an augmented reality experience that finds Ben Khelifa exploring t...

Sundance Film Festival 2022 - Interview with Amy Berg, Director of PHOENIX RISING ~ By Claire Varney

The first half of PHOENIX RISING, a two-part documentary series set to air on HBO this Spring, premiered at the all online Sundance Film Festival, January 23rd, 2022.  The series follows actress and activist Evan Rachel Wood as she takes her experience as a survivor of domestic violence to pursue justice, heal generational wounds and reclaim her story. Almost a decade after escaping a dangerous relationship, Wood co-authors and successfully lobbies for passage of ...

DOC NYC 2021 Interview with Alessandro Rossellini, Director of THE ROSSELLINIS ~ By Claire Varney

Alessandro Rossellini is the grandson of Roberto Rossellini (ROME, OPEN CITY), one of Italy's most prominent directors of Italian neorealist cinema.    Alessandro is a photographer who struggled with drugs for years before becoming a drug rehabilitation counseler.     He discusses why he wanted to make this documentary about his famous family. The film that delves deep into their past and present, and examines the ongoing impact of family relations and influence....

Tribeca Film Festival 2021 - Interview with Sol Guy, Director/Writer/Producer THE DEATH OF MY TWO FATHERS ~ By Claire Varney

  Q:  Tell us about the title of your film?   A:  Great question- It’s almost something I need to explain because when people ask me what’s your movie called, and I say The Death of My Two Fathers”… they kind of lean away.  The title truthfully is like a lot of things…it emerged late while in the process of making this documentary.  It was all a journey toward excepting loss and death. A lot of this film is very personal and t...

Spoleto Festival USA 2021 ~ By Claire Varney

Spoleto festival USA is a 17 day international performing arts festival that takes place in Charleston, South Carolina, with performances by leading artists in opera, theater, dance, music and more~ In the 1970s, Pulitzer Prize- winning composer Gian Carlo Menotti was in search for a new city to host the American counterpart to the annual Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy.  He picked Charleston because of its charm-and in his words, its “unique beauty”.  ...

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