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Katharine O’Brien is a writer/director from Santa Barbara, CA and South Boston. Katharine studied English literature at Wellesley College and received her MFA from Columbia University in film directing. Katharine’s short films have won accolades at numerous festivals.

Katharine co-wrote THE AUTOMATIC HATE, (starring Joseph Cross, Adelaide Clemmens, Deborah Ann Woll, Richard Schiff, and Ricky Jay) which premiered at SXSW Film Festival in 2015. THE AUTOMATIC HATE went on to receive much critical acclaim, playing top international festivals such as Busan, Mar del Plata, Tallin Black Nights and won the Audience Award at Mill Valley Film Festival.

Katharine’s directorial debut, LOST TRANSMISSIONS, starring Simon Pegg and Juno Temple, will have it’s world premiere at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival. LOST TRANSMISSIONS examines the state of the mental healthcare system and the homeless situation in Los Angeles through a true-life story of a group of friends in the music scene. Involved in promoting the arts and independent film culture in Los Angeles, Katharine has served on the boards of the Cinefamily Foundation and LACMA.