Principal Partner at Early Light Productions, Kathleen Dowdey is an accomplished media content producer of nonfiction and documentary projects. Trained as a visual artist, she is a skilled communicator and educator and has extensive experience engaging with audiences. Her most recent feature documentary, John Lewis: Get in the Way, brought the story of legendary civil rights leader to a nationwide audience when it premiered on primetime PBS for Black History Month in 2017, and again in 2018. It is now available through VOD (video on demand), non-theatrical and educational distribution.
Early in her career as an independent filmmaker, Kathleen made short and feature films reflecting her interests in history, social justice, cultures in transition and women's issues. Her work was shown theatrically, at film festivals, museums and libraries and broadcast on PBS. Her television career began at Turner Broadcasting, and since then she has written, produced and directed programs, specials and series for CBS, NBC, PBS, TLC, HGTV, A&E, Discovery and The History Channel. For five seasons she was a director (DGA) on the Emmy award-winning talk show, Dr. Phil for CBS/Paramount.
As an educator, she has served for six years as the Assistant Director for Duke University in Los Angeles, a study-away program featuring internships in the entertainment industry. She also teaches hands-on television production courses in the studio setting as an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Southern California and an adjunct lecturer at California State University, Northridge.
Kathleen draws on her experience as a consultant in the areas of storytelling, project development, production and editorial. She also conducts specialized workshops and serves as a speaker, panelist and commentator. Her current projects include an online series of short profile videos and the development of a documentary film. She is a member of the Directors Guild of America, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the International Documentary Association.