Kat Tatlock

Katherine Deutch Tatlock: Director / Producer / Writer / Consultant

Kat Tatlock has written, produced, and directed dozens of award-winning dramatic and documentary films and videos for leading clients in a variety of markets, including many programs on art and literature, social issues, and health matters. Raised in a family of European artists, she went on to graduate from the University of Michigan and Sorbonne, earning a Masters in Film at Boston University. Her first documentary, Pista – The Many Faces of Stephen Deutch, an award-winning portrait of her noted photographer/sculptor father, was broadcast and screened in multiple venues and helped win a coveted invitation to the Sundance Institute, where she developed her first feature screenplay under the guidance of Robert Redford and Waldo Salt, directing Christine Lahti and Peter Coyote in lead roles. She went on work with other film greats and honed her skills in independent productions such as Still Photographer for Heartland, AD for Break of Dawn and The Little Sister, and Producer/Director/Writer for the home video series, Martha Stewart’s Secrets for Entertaining. Kat has written several dramatic screenplays, led seminars on screenwriting, producing, directing, and acting for camera, and was the founding Vice President of Women in Film & Video New England. Her awards include the New England Emmy, Cine Golden Eagle, ITVA Golds & Silvers, Tellys, American Film, New England Film, EFLA, Mercury, and citations from the Screen Actors Guild and the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department for Jailbrake: A Day on the Other Side, a successful juvenile crime-deterrent program.

From 1998 to 2002, Kat served as writer/producer/director and Video Department Director at Boston-based Health Dialog, Inc., interviewing patients and physicians and collaborating with ranking medical professionals throughout the US to create evidence-based videos and brochures on health topics. Among her other health-oriented productions are Janey Junkfood’s Fresh Adventure, a kids’ television special sponsored by the Harvard Community Health Plan Foundation and WLVI-TV which won a New England Emmy, Fit for Fun, a kids’ fitness video, and Taking Care: Easing the Role of the Family Caregiver.  In 2005 she won two Telly Awards for Promising Artists: The Stephen D. Paine Fellowship, sponsored by the Boston Art Dealers Association. Kat also co-wrote two six-hour international public television series produced in the Netherlands and Boston, Water – The Drop of Life, and A Dollar A Day, and directed the popular radio series 11 Central Ave (www.11centralave.com), an innovative and edgy “comic strip” that ran on NPR across the country, won top industry awards, and continues to be podcast.

From 2004 to the present, Kat has dedicated herself to The Kasia Project, taking the creative helm in 2006 as Producer/Director/Writer of Outside In and bringing in editor Julia Dixon Eddy and composer Cyrus Sink. While editing the hour-length version, they created Choosing Your Life: An Ovarian Cancer Journey, an 18-minute cut made for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and screened for an enthusiastic audience of medical experts and general viewers in March 2009. Returning to the feature edit, Kat and her team completed Outside In in October 2009 and secured distribution with Icarus Films/Fanlight Productions.

While marketing Outside In, Kat and her team of talented young filmmaker-mentees collaborated with noted choreographer Anna Myer of Anna Myer and Dancers on two major dance projects: Hindsight Now and Hoop Suite. Kat shot, produced and directed extensive video footage and still photographs of planning sessions, rehearsals, scouting, and performance footage, creating promotional videos and website and marking materials for both. She went on to collaborate with Jay Paris, Director of Youth Link at NAFI (North American Family Institute), co-sponsor/developer of the Hoop Suite Project.

Kat went on to work as Consulting Director on the cutting edge medical film, Why Am I Still Sick? by Richard Longland, and is currently conducting directing/cinematography workshops with her long-time cohort, John Hoover for his filmmaking/cinematography classes at Boston University and Boston College. While keeping track of her LA TV writer/playwright daughter Alison, and helping her daughter Jess, who works at MIT’s Creative Media Studies, raise her gifted children, she continues to mentor students, consult on film and writing projects, write her personal stories, and keeps in shape by chasing the spirited and beloved family dog, Stella.