Kathleen Hepburn: Outstanding Alumni Award
Writer, director, and SCA film alumni Kathleen Hepburn is being celebrated as a 'Rising Star in Arts and Culture' at SFU's 2019 Outstanding Alumni Awards on Friday, September 20, at the Sheraton Wall Centre in Vancouver, along with SFU alumni Isabel Ge Mahe, Hew Choy Leong, and Mark Okerstrom. Go HERE for more information about the event and award recipients.
Hepburn's dramatic debut feature, Never Steady, Never Still, which premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival and was featured in TIFF Canada’s Top Ten, "celebrates the quiet strength of the human spirit, dealing with issues of loss, masculinity, and love through the lives of an eighteen-year-old oil field worker, and his mother, who has been living with Parkinson's disease." The film won Best Canadian Film and Best Director from the Vancouver Film Critics Circle, the WIDC Feature Film Award and Best Screenplay at the 2014 Vancouver International Women in Film Festival, the Special Jury Prize at the Dublin International Film Festival, and received many other nominations and accolades. Hepburn founded Experimental Forest Films, an independent production company, with fellow SCA alumni and filmmaker Tyler Hagan, who also co-produced Never Steady, Never Still with her.
Hepburn's second feature, The Body Remembers When The World Broke Open, which she co-wrote and co-directed with Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, had its world premiere at the 2019 Berlin International Film Festival.