Katharine O’Brien was born in Santa Barbara, CA. She attended the progressive mountain high school, Midland, in Santa Ynez, CA, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Wellesley College with a degree in English Literature. Her first screenplay, “Burn Card” won the 2006 American Screenwriter’s Association screenplay competition. After college Katharine worked at Muse Productions (American Psycho, Virgin Suicides) and wrote on ABC sitcom “Carpoolers” for Bruce McCulloch of The Kids in the Hall. Katharine’s short films have played at numerous festivals, including the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Nashville Film Festival, and Florida Film Festival, winning the “Special Jury Award” at the USA Film Festival and “Best Breakthrough Performance” at the FirstGlance Hollywood Film Festival. Katharine has a feature script in development at PCH Films (Walk the Line) and is currently receiving her MFA at Columbia University’s graduate film directing program while directing commercials and music videos in New York and L.A.