Kate McLean

Kate Mclean is a critically-acclaimed filmmaker and producer living in San Francisco. Her short documentaries The Caretaker and Marathon have been recently featured in the New York Times' OpDocs series and broadcast on the PBS series POV.

With Mario Furloni, Kate co-directed the short documentary Pot Country, which won Best Documentary at the USA Short Film Festival (2012), was an official selection at Hot Docs (2012) and at Big Sky (2011) and a national finalist for the 2012 Student Academy Awards.  

Since completing Pot Country, Kate and Mario have brought their skills as doc filmmakers to a narrative feature based on the fascinating world of black-market marijuana growers. Last year, they were awarded highly competitive in-house residencies and prestigious Kenneth Ranin Foundation Screenwriting grants at the San Francisco Film Society to develop that script, Freeland.

In addition to screenwriting and documentary filmmaking, Kate is also a producer. She is producing Jamie Meltzer’s forthcoming PBS documentary True Conviction, which was supported by Sundance, Tribeca and the MacArthur Foundation, and tells the story of a group of exonerated men who form their own detective agency; an in-progress documentary film about Bill Nye ("the Science Guy"); a new project by Academy Award winning filmmaker Megan Mylan about the Syrian refugee crisis; and Jason Sussberg and David Alvarado's The Immortalists, which screened in competition at SXSW, BFI, and CPH: DOX in 2014.

Kate got her start as an associate producer on a PBS special called The Botany of Desire, which was adapted from a book by Michael Pollan and narrated by Frances McDormand. She is 2015 Sundance Creative Producing Summit Fellow, and has a master’s degree from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.

[bio courtesy of the filmmaker] 


Recent Reviews

Pot Country

Liked---interesting story.