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Overview (4)

Born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
Birth NameSara Katherine Hill
Nickname Kat
Height 5' 4" (1.63 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Katherine Brooks ran away from her small town home in Louisiana to pursue a career in television and film when she was just 16 years old; with only 150 dollars to her name, Katherine slept in her car in the parking lot of a Hollywood motel.

Now, a decade later and with 15 years of experience in film and television, Katherine has directed some of television's hottest shows and critically acclaimed feature films.

Her extensive list of television credits include three seasons of the Emmy-Award winning "The Osbournes" and the highly-acclaimed show "The Real World". She produced and directed MTV's "Meet the Barkers" with Blink182 drummer Travis Barker, two seasons of "The Newylweds" starring Jessica Simpson and directed "The Simple Life" with Paris Hilton and Nicole Ritchie.

Katherine's first feature film, "Loving Annabelle", starred Erin Kelly, Diane Gaidry and Academy Award nominee Kevin McCarthy. The critically acclaimed feature made its premier at the prestigious Cinequest Film Festival where Katherine won the Emerging Filmmaker Award as well as HBO's award for best first feature. Loving Annabelle was released in 2006, and soon became the number one selling film of its genre. It was re-released in 2010 and was the top selling DVD on Amazon for six straight weeks and has over 135 million YouTube views.

Katherine's second feature film, "Waking Madison", stars Sarah Roemer (Disturbia), Academy Award-nominee Elisabeth Shue, Taryn Manning (Hustle & Flow) and Golden Globe-winner Frances Conroy. The film was released in July of 2011.

In addition to her impressive history in film and television, Katherine is also a member of the Directors Guild of America (DGA) in which only 4% of its members are female. She has served as a Jury Member for Samsung Fresh-Films, the largest teen filmmaking program in the USA, and was the recipient of the LACE Award for Arts and Entertainment, which honors women who have made a difference in the entertainment community.

On November 6, 2011, Katherine was honored with the Power Up Award for being a strong voice and activist for the LGBT community. Previous honorees have been Ellen Degeneres, Gus Van Sant, Lily Tomlin and Rosie O' Donnell. In 2012, Katherine won the Shorty Award for director out of 214 other nominees.

Katherine's documentary Face 2 Face where she traveled the country to meet 50 of her 5,000 Facebook friends, makes its premier on June 3rd at the famous Mann's Chinese Theater.

In 2010, Katherine started her own production company Big Easy Pictures LLC. where she produces and directs quality content for both television and film.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Spouse (1)

Phillip T. (1998 - 2001) ( divorced)

Trivia (19)

Moved from her home in the south when she was 17 to pursue her dreams.
Was ranked 2nd in the state of Louisiana for tennis.
Is an active member of PETA and a strict vegetarian.
Her short film Dear Emily (2001) was financed by Eveo.com after she competed and won an IFFCON pitch contest for her upcoming movie, Loving Annabelle (2006).
She is an only child and was adopted when she was four days old.
Has a rare collection of memorabilia from the 1931 film Maedchen In Uniform, which was the inspiration for her movie, Loving Annabelle
Voted top 10 Women we Love on Lesbian Nation.
Lived in her car when she first moved to Los Angeles.
A member of the Directors Guild of America.
One of the most successful reality television directors until she moved into writing and directing feature films.
Her cult following on MySpace has also garnered a huge number of fans, in part due to her inspirational blogs that promote a refreshing outlook on life.
Lives on the same street as Charlize Theron and Scarlett Johansson.
Fought for three years to use actress, Erin Kelly, in the lead role of Loving Annabelle. She was offered a substantial investment in the film if she were to replace the lead with a name and decided to stick with Erin and do it for less money.
Was initially against adapting, Freak, the movie based around horse racing as she is a PETA member and spent much of her life rescuing injured horses off the track. It wasn't until she met Julie Krone and read her auto-biography, that she felt she could focus more on the intimate struggles of the character more than the sport of racing.
Dropped out of high school at 15.
Has a huge cult following from her first feature film, Loving Annabelle (2006).
Directing "The Spin Crowd" for E! [July 2010]
New Orleans, LA: Currently filming on location [December 2012]
Working on the script of 1140 Royal Street. [September 2010]

Personal Quotes (11)

(on traveling to Asia) "Being in Los Angeles can be extremely draining and superficial. I travel alone to connect again and remind myself how fortunate I am to be alive".
"Reality television has taught me to be a better listener and story teller. I can't say that I'm a fan of the shows I've done, but it did provide the necessary elements for me to tell the stories I need to tell in narrative form".
The biggest issue I had with directing reality was most of it wasn't real
If I can't be exactly who I am, then who am I?
The show I worked on that I love the most was "The Osbournes". They hid nothing and just put it out there. That to me is reality television at its best.
I've made a lot of mistakes, but I have no regrets"
Living in my car when I first moved to Los Angeles was a nightmare. I don't think the two cats that lived in the car with me were all that happy about it either.
It's important for me to work with people that are down to earth. I won't work with an actor just because of their name value. Life is to short to not have a great experience while making a movie and when you work with someone who is a jerk it can ruin the experience.
(When asked who she would thank if she won an Oscar) I'm going to thank everybody that tried to get in my way and stop me because they made me want it more.
My inspiration is hearing people go from the dark to the light and hearing people's stories of struggle. It inspires me to keep writing.
(On becoming a director) I started at the bottom and worked my way up.

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