|Katherine Kearns graduated from the Idyllwild Arts Academy in June of 2013, being honored as the Most Outstanding Arts Student 2012-2013. By way of introduction, a member of the faculty described the young filmmaker as "a tremendous collaborator who is humble, genuine, and sincere…Her true aspiration is not to be a mere filmmaker but to be a super hero who will use her powers for good and to make the world a better place."
During her junior year, she made a short documentary, A Family Mine, which has already put the young filmmaker on the map. The film was placed in KCET's First Cut Series (the only high school student showing) and has been acquired by KCET for three years, to be shown during June in celebration of Gay Pride Month.
"A Family Like Mine is a powerful short-form documentary that chronicles the story of several children brought up in same-sex households. Teenager Katherine Kearns directs and ultimately steals nearly every frame of the film with her wide-eyed enthusiasm and honesty," writes Palm Springs Life. The doc was chosen to be screened at the Palm Springs ShortFest (summer of 2013) and was one of six docs voted Audience Favorite among hundreds of entries.
In recognition of her "contribution to the advancement of civil rights in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities," Katherine was awarded a scholarship from Project 10 and a Certificate of Recognition from the City of West Hollywood. Continuing her mission to be of service, she recently spoke at a meeting of the Peace & Justice Committee at St. John's Cathedral in Los Angeles.
In the fall of 2113, she will begin her studies in filmmaking at the prestigious Bournemouth Arts College in the UK.
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.
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 L.A.'s 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, a Bill Haugse indie film, when she was four years old. She played the leads in numerous school plays—from Elizabeth Bennett to Captain Hook.
Katherine made the Dean's List at Idyllwild Arts Academy. Voted "Most Likely To Succeed", her peers chose her to speak on their behalf at her high school Baccalaureate.
Stated as on the of the reasons for her receiving the Outstanding Arts Student Award:" She is mature enough to understand that it is not enough to merely have something important to say, but that you have to find a way to say it so that people listen."
People are listening to Katherine Kearns.