|Date of Birth||19 June 1917, Hendersonville, North Carolina, USA|
Mini Bio (1)
In 36 years she directed 72 productions including sermon films, promotional films, multi-image presentations, and feature-length films.
In 1950, Katherine Stenholm was directing a stage play of "Cyrano" when she was approached by Dr. Bob Jones Sr., founder of Bob Jones University, Greenville SC, to take on the task of starting a Cinema Dept for the school. She was surprised as his request, since she had no experience in film, but continued on to gain an in-depth education in filmmaking, both formally at USC and through contacts made within the industry. Peter Mole, founder of Mole-Richardson Co., provided all the lighting needs for the new studio built on the campus, called "Unusual Films".
After directing a number of short ministry films for evangelist Dr. Bob Jones Sr., Katherine Stenholm swung into the feature length production of "Wine of Morning". This film is based upon a novel written by Dr. Bob Sr, a reinvention of the story of Barabbas, the murderer chosen to be released in place of Jesus, right before the crucifixtion. In 1955, "Wine of Morning" Won the National Evangelical Film Foundation awards for best film, best director, best actor, and best producer of the year; this film was also selected by the University Film Producers Association to represent the United States at the International Congress of Motion Picture and Television Schools in Cannes, France, where Katherine Stenholm was also a keynote speaker.
In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she continued to run the "Unsual Films" studios until 1986. Film students gained a distinct advantage of being taught under her guidance as she held high standards of filmmaking. All students were required to read "American Cinematographer" cover to cover every month, and countless other texts. All students were required to write / direct / edit a 16mm short film their sophomore year. All students were required to put in a set amount of hours working at the film studio, in various positions, to compliment their classroom time. Those who passed these rigors, while maintaining passing grades in all their other university courses, were then eligible to assist in the production of the feature films Katherine Stenholm directed. In addition, she required that EACH senior level student write / produce / direct / edit another 16mm film for their senior thesis, in order to graduate - all the while continuing to assist in the studio's productions.
In 1986, while filmming in Russia for her then-upcoming film, "The Printing", she suffered a minor stroke. The task to get her out of Russia was no small miracle, with a stop over in Helsinki for a few weeks of recovery before she was able to travel. In the meantime, the wall fell down and the political dynamics forced a rewriting of the script.
Once back in the States, and in her home on the back campus, many students rallied to aid her in household chores and anything else needed. Her health recovered and though she retired from directing, she returned to teach directing class until 1999. Currently, she still gladly receives notes and calls from her students with periodic updates on their lives and careers.
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|Gilbert Stenholm||(1941 - 1989) (his death) (1 child)|