Kathlyn Horan is an award-winning independent director and producer whose recent documentary feature, The IF Project, had its World Premiere at Seattle International Film Festival, won the Lena Sharp Award for Persistence of Vision and a Special Jury Prize. Hollywood Reporter’s review states, “The If Project’s portrait of people-focused policing is not just inspiring but an urgent lesson in communication across a widening divide.” The Huffington post called the film “An important piece of media that every American should see as soon as possible”.
Horan works across genres and platforms. She recently directed an episode for the TV documentary series “Religion of Sports” executive produced by Tom Brady and Michael Strahan. The episode traces the journey of a high school basketball team from remote Alaskan islands to the Native American Basketball Tournament in Arizona. Her latest short form documentary profiling 3-time Grammy winner Brandi Carlile’s prison concert premiered in Rolling Stone. Continuing her work with Carille, Horan directed a documentary music video for her song Hold Out Your Hand in support of March for Our Lives which premiered on NPR music.
Her latest project as a producer, Breaking 2, won the 2018 Cannes Lion Gold & Silver, Gold and Silver Clios, Ad Age’s Creativity Award, and One Show Gold. The project brought together two iconic brands, National Geographic and Nike in a feature documentary following the journey to break the 2-hour marathon barrier. The project spanned six countries on three continents, included a live stream event with 19.2 million viewers and a globally released film with over 4 million views on YouTube.
Her projects have screened around the globe and are always geared toward making a greater connection among communities. Horan specializes in working in an embedded journalistic capacity with her subjects in order to allow the viewer an intimate journey into often unseen worlds. Her passion for social justice has allowed her to work with some of the nation’s leading politicians, activists and artists such as Hillary Clinton, Gloria Steinem, Sheryl Crow, Bill Maher and more.