Director | Writer | Trickster
Kate Marks comes from a long line of tricksters and grew up listening to tall tales. Her work has screened at Tribeca, Slamdance, Edinburgh, Austin, Nashville, Atlanta, Cleveland, New Orleans, PBS, HBO Go, and more.
In the fourth grade, her teacher encouraged her to play the flute, and she politely chose the trombone. She continues to reverse expectations in her debut feature THE COW OF QUEENS, which won the Academy Nicholl prize, as well as in her short films PEARL WAS HERE (69 million YouTube views), MANIC (NYTVF Best Drama), 7 DAY GIG (Barbara Boyle Award), MIRACLE MAKER (Queens World Best Short), and HOMEBODY (Beutner Award). Kate’s fellowships include HBO Access, New York Foundation of the Arts, Jerome Foundation, Film Independent Screenwriting Lab, Fast Track, and Project Involve. At HBO, she shadowed Tim Van Patten on three episodes of PERRY MASON and Scott Ellis on one episode of DIVORCE.
After graduating from Brown, she spent 9 years writing and directing plays in NYC where The New York Times named her a “superb director.” But she fell in love with filmmaking and ran off to get her MFA in film directing at CalArts. Additionally, Kate is a teacher, a mom, and a stilt-walker.