Katharine O’Brien

Director and screenwriter Katharine OʼBrien‘s directorial debut, Lost Transmissions, starring Simon Pegg, Juno Temple and Alexandra Daddario, is in theaters now. She was born in Santa Barbara, CA and studied English at Wellesley College. Katharine worked at Muse Film (Virgin Suicides, Buffalo ʼ66) and as a television writing assistant with Kids in the Hall and Russo Brothers before receiving her MFA in film directing at Columbia University’s graduate film program. Katharineʼs award-winning short films have played numerous film festivals. Her first feature film, The Automatic Hate, which she co-wrote, premiered at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival and played top international festivals such as Busan and Mar del Plata, winning the Audience Award at the Mill Valley Film Festival. Katharine currently resides in Silverlake, Los Angeles, where she is actively involved in promoting art and film culture, having served on the boards of LACMA and the Cinefamily Foundation. (Image by Luz Gallardo.)


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Facts Versus Truths: The Tensions of Telling a True Story

By Katharine O’Brien | March 13, 2020

Facts Versus Truths: The Tensions of Telling a True Story

Writer-director Katharine O'Brien, whose debut feature Lost Transmissions opens today, on the challenges of making a film based on real life.