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Kathleen Man Gyllenhaal


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 ten 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, an award-winning feature-length documentary that explores how emotional traumas endured by pregnant mothers can cause lifelong complications in their children. She most recently directed THE BOND, a one-hour documentary about the longterm impact of mother/infant attunement. Currently, Kathleen is developing the series BAD BEHAVIOR, based on the book by Mary Gaitskill. Kathleen lives in Los Angeles with her husband and son, two dogs and cat — and the family of wild peacocks that lives in the neighborhood.