In her junior year of high school, Katherine (formerly Tia) Kearns is studying filmmaking at the Idyllwild Arts Academy. She is presently at work on an Untitled Documentary that will illuminate the issues surrounding GLBT parents and their children.
She recently shot The Laughing Heart, a short tribute to Charles Bukowski on her iPhone, at the Griffith Park Observatory in Los Angeles.
Katherine made her first short film during the 2011 summer session at the Idyllwild Arts Academy (titled Set The Tigers Free) which resulted in her being accepted to the high school program.
The filmmaker has commissioned Burke Byrnes’ solo performance piece, The Yellow House, to be made into a short film, opening up the story of anguish that occurred more than a half a century ago but remains relevant.
Her interests include making the planet a “greener” place to live—especially for children and animals. Her charitable contributions include (but are not limited to) volunteering at the Downtown Women’s Center and Cotlands Orphanage in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Katherine made the switch from actress to filmmaker before she turned sixteen. She had been acting most of her life, beginning with an appearance in Nature, aBill Haugse indie film, when she was four years old.