Katharine O’Brien grew up between Santa Barbara, CA and South Boston. She received her BA in English Literature from Wellesley College and her MFA in film directing from Columbia University. Her short films have received accolades at numerous festivals. Katharine worked in development at independent film vanguard, MUSE Film (AMERICAN PSYCHO, VIRGIN SUICIDES, BUFFALO ’66) and wound up a featured character in Bret Easton Ellis’s script in development at MUSE, THE GOLDEN SUICIDES. Katharine’s satiric edge deepened writing for cult favorite sketch comedy troupe The Kids in the Hall, and ABC sitcom “Carpoolers” directed by the Russo Brothers (ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, COMMUNITY). Katharine serves on the Board of Directors at independent Los Angeles cinematheque, The CineFamily. Her first penned feature, THE AUTOMATIC HATE (featuring Joseph Cross, Adelaide Clemens, Deborah Ann Woll), produced by Alix Madigan at Anonymous Content, will have its world premiere at the 2015 SWSX Film Festival.