KATHLEEN MAN GYLLENHAAL

Co-Founder  |  Executive Producer

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Kathleen grew up in Hawaii watching movies and knew from an early age that she wanted to be a filmmaker. After teaching film production for nearly 10 years at UC-Boulder and Vassar College, Kathleen left her tenured position so she could write and direct full-time. Working in both documentary and narrative forms, Kathleen’s work explores themes of motherhood, multiculturalism, freedom, and social change. She is the writer/director of In Utero, a SIMA award-winning documentary that explores how emotional traumas endured by pregnant mothers can cause lifelong complications in their children. She is also the co-director of Beauty Mark, about a champion triathlete's struggle with anorexia and the writer/director of Sita: A Girl from Jambu, a hybrid film that follows Nepalese girls performing street theater to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and child sex trafficking. Among its numerous awards, Sita received a Jury Award from the Society for Visual Anthropology and an Artivist Award for Children's Advocacy. Kathleen's short film, Lychee Thieves, explores race relations in her home island of Oahu, where it has been lauded as "likely the most accurate depiction of life in Hawaii yet committed to film".