Critically Acclaimed Director, Award Winning Screenwriter
Film director/Screenwriter Katt Shea has been honored by retrospectives of five of her critically acclaimed films at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, The British Film Institute in London and various festivals throughout Europe.
Recently, Film Forum in NYC exhibited a comprehensive retrospective of her films and Fantaspoa, one of the largest genre film festivals in the world, is presenting her with their Career Achievement Award; the first ever given to a female film director and she is credited for “inspiring a generation of young filmmakers.”
Critics have compared Shea to Martin Scorsese, Oliver Stone and even Ingmar Bergman. Veteran filmmakers Francis Ford Coppola and Sidney Pollack have championed her.
Andrew Sarris says of her, “I see an unusually kinetic talent combined with a flare for complex narrative. Ms. Shea does little things so well that big meanings flow out of them.”
Rolling Stone’s Peter Travers adds: “The emotional resonance, visual sophistication and strong subtext of Shea’s work fuse to create a distinctive style. Look at Jonathan Demme’s Caged Heat, Martin Scorsese’s Boxcar Bertha. Shea follows in that tradition and does it proud.”
New York Times writer Caryn James credits Katt with starting a new genre, about the screenings at the Sundance Film Festival she wrote: “One of the best competition films is Poison Ivy, directed by Katt Shea, whose previous movies were made for Roger Corman. Four of these movies will be shown at the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan, which says everything about the genre she and Sundance are helping to define.”
Shea’s first studio film, The Rage: Carrie 2, received rave reviews in The L.A. Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The New York Post, The Village Voice and The Nation.
Kevin Thomas of The Los Angeles Times called her “…a master of genre. Shea’s ability to play various elements against one another gives The Rage welcome complexity and tension.”
Stuart Klawans of The Nation raves that Katt Shea movies are “…remarkable for their disquieting themes, for their style (bold, fluent and varied) … Over the past dozen years only five or six American women besides Shea have managed to turn out a comparable number of commercial features … Look at the beauty and terror that Katt Shea can achieve and ask whether there’s motivation today for The Rage.”
Shea’s movies set trends within the industry. Poison Ivy inspired dozens of high profile imitators, and has become a cult classic. The influence of even her earliest low budget films is still felt within the thriller genre.
Shea’s first TV Movie for CBS, Sharing The Secret, won the prestigious Peabody Award. Airing on sweeps week, The Hollywood Reporter paid tribute: “Some first rate performances, along with Shea’s fine tuned direction create Sharing The Secret’s intelligent two hours.”
Perhaps Peter Travers sums things up best when he says, “Why settle for a usual walk around the block when Shea offers a wild ride with the top down into un-chartered territory?”
Shea now presents her much-anticipated first novel Batshit Black, a provocative YA novel on Amazon.You might find her riding her beautiful quarter horses Henry and Peace through historic Vasquez Rocks or at local restaurants, with “the boys” tied at a parking space, in her quaint home town of Agua Dulce, California.