Kathaleen is a self-taught writer who started out reading Syd Field's book "Screenplay" while attending USC's Dental School. At the time she was commuting to USC from Ojai, CA, so had plenty of time on the road to come up with entire movies in her head. Her first attempt to get it all down on paper won the Writers Guild of America, East Award, for new writers. "I started out ass-backwards, since I had nothing more to show them when flown to New York City to attend a meeting with a William and Morris agent."
For the next three years she continued to write screenplays, all of which placed well in local Santa Barbara contests and in the Writer's Digest. In the meantime, she graduated and started working as a dental hygienist in Ojai. She had to squeeze in runs to LA and Santa Barbara while mentoring under William Stratton, a TV writer-producer who wrote movies of the week. She was also an artist and photographer that showed in galleries, was married and had two kids. So something had to give. First it was the marriage, then screenwriting mainly because of the time it took.
After retiring early from dental hygiene, she moved to Fayetteville, GA, where her parents lived in the old family home that predated the Civil War. She founded Fayette County's first non-profit art center, then later started ArtWorks on the Square, a 5,000 sq ft space that included 19 studios, an art supply store, pottery studio and photography studio. Then came the Big Recession and the owner of her building went under so she lost everything. "It was so frustrating and heartbreaking because we had managed to hold on and were beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel when Wells Fargo suits walked in and said be out in 30 days." She did her best to try and persuade the local city and county to purchase the building and let the art center continue, but, again due to the recession, that was not a possibility.
So, forced into a second retirement, she found she had all the time in the world to paint and write. She surprisingly started really enjoying a stress free life with the ability to write deep into the night. All of her "second round" scripts managed to place in major contests, but not at the top, so she started seeking critiques, reading more books and reading tons of scripts, thus honing her craft. By 2018 her scripts were 'finalist'.
Because I am a visionary (artist and photographer), my routine is to figure out an entire movie in my head before I start writing it down. And to do that, I need to go on long road trips, preferably through the Southwest. Recently, for the first time ever, I re-engineered a script backwards by dissecting it into a beat outline per Blake Snyder to see where I stood. Seems I'm instinctively very close to being right on cue. Thank God for that. Now all I need to do is conquer the pitch, pitch deck, etc."
She still hasn’t given up on bringing the arts back to the City of Fayetteville, GA, though and in order to do that ("if you can't beat 'em, join them") she became a city councilmember. "It’s been a tough row to hoe because these good 'ol boys just don't get the link between the arts and economic development." That is finally changing due to the UK’s Pinewood Studios being built in Fayetteville.
Unique traits: Thinks visually, self-starter, ignited by challenges, loves to travel and explore.
In Search of Terra Firma Drama (Short Film) A wounded single woman seeks isolation in the desert in order to escape from a man.
Raven's Oath Biography ⋄ Drama True story about a poor American Indian girl who vows one day she will own her own place without the help of either a bank or a man after the Great Depression.
The Tattoos Budget: $0 - $100K | Drama (SHORT FILM) When a Southern pizza parlor owner, whose life has been a train wreck, interviews a young teen seeking a job, she discovers they have similar hidden tattoos for similar reasons.
The Valedictorian Budget: $5M - $10M | Action ⋄ Crime ⋄ Thriller A rural high school valedictorian is abducted by a mysterious Colombian cartel patron, only he is not prepared for her farm-bred survival skills or her Vietnam Vet grandmother.
Deja Voodoo Budget: $0 - $100K | Comedy ⋄ Independent ⋄ Romance After crossing paths in the ER, a busted-up biker must convince his female emergency room doctor that he knows her and he must stop her from making the same mistake she did a long time ago.
NO GOOD DEED GOES UNPUNISHED Budget: $1M - $5M | Action ⋄ Crime ⋄ Drama ⋄ Family ⋄ Thriller A divorced mother fights to save her jailed teen son's baby from its drug addict mother and a flawed Child Protective Service.
Jo Shelby's Last March Budget: $10M - $30M | Adventure ⋄ Biography In this true story, at the end of the Civil War, an undefeated Confederate general leads Southern statesmen and officers with arrest warrants hanging over their head, deep into Mexico with the hope of starting over, only Mexico is embroiled in its own civil war between the Mexican people and the Imperialist French and Prussians.
Film (short) by FadeIn/FadeOut folv.org Writer
Finalist - Artemis Women in Action Film Festival
Finalist - Peachtree Village International Film Festival
Best Logline for Action/Adventure - Story Pitches.com
InRoads Screenwriting Fellowship - Finalist
Top Ten Finalist - Stage 22
Quarter Finalist - Creative Writers Award (CWA)
Grand Prize American Movie Award for New Writer
Finalist Kansas City Women in Film Short Screenplay
Semi-Finalist CineStory Foundation