Purple Door Productions is a showcase for writer/director Katharine Rogers. She hopes to make films which engage, enlighten and entertain. She says about filmmaking, “I love telling stories and I truly believe in the value and transformative power of imagination. Filmmaking is a way to marry both these things. The films I like and the films I make are ones that engage the viewer with something surprising or unique or true. Sometimes they even enlighten or inspire. There is nothing I would rather be doing than pursuing a life in film. So that’s what I do. I know I’m lucky to do it and sometimes I also think I’m crazy to do it, but really there is no other option .” Her skills and talents include, but are not limited to script writing, directing, producing, public speaking, stills photography, film blogging and programming. KATHARINE ROGERS has a BA in Communication Studies from the University of Sunderland, UK. After graduation she worked in TV and Marketing till she had an epiphany that directing was her one true love. Since then she has written and/or directed five short films, an episode for community TV and a short play in the 2009 Short and Sweet Festival (which won third place in the judges pick for that week). In 2007 she completed a Masters of Media Arts at UTS. In 2010 Katharine directed a sixteen minute drama Behind the Wall which went on to screen internationally at the Indie Jam festival in the USA and to win prizes in Australia.
Her latest comedy short Crumb Catchers which she wrote & directed had it’s world premier at Seen & Heard Film Festival in March 2012. It was runner up in the Aurora Short Film Festival, screening nationally on the Aurora Foxtel Channel. As a finalist in Showfest 2012 Crumb Catchers screened in competition at the art deco Randwick Ritz cinema in Sydney. It has gone on to screen at more than 18 festivals and short film nights, in Australia and internationally.
Other Writing Katharine has written guest blogs for Jurassic Lounge, We Try This At Home, Seen & Heard Film Festival and reviews for the magazine Tharunka.
Film Curating Katharine was the curator and presenter of Caught Short Film Festival at The Tap Gallery Sydney for more than a year. There she managed and programed a large variety of short films and filmmaker Q & A sessions. At the start of 2012 Katharine curated a short film program for Corinbank Music Festival and in June a program of short films, entitled Tell Me a Story, for Paper Plane Gallery in Sydney (http://www.paperplanegallery.com).
In Other Work Katharine has worked widely as a freelancer in the film and television industry in Sydney. Her roles have included Locations Assistant, Logger, Production Assistant and Guest Coordinator at Sydney Film Festival. She has also worked as Front of House Manager at the Ensemble & Darlinghurst Theatres and in a similar role at The Museum of Contemporary Art. As Festival Coordinator at Flickerfest International Short Film Festival 2012-2013 she focused on programming, marketing and submissions. Katharine is also a member of the Film Advisory Panel for the Sydney Film Festival.
Artist Residency In 2012 Katharine completed an Artist Residency program with Archetype Gallery www.archetypegallery.com for which she began working on a video installation & documentary piece about women’s body image. The documentary piece called Body Language is currently being submitted to festivals.
Katharine was recently inducted into the Whoswho International Directory for Excellence in film - http://www.24-7pressrelease.com/press-release/katharine-r-rogers-inducted-into-worldwide-whos-who-for-excellence-in-film-direction-336371.php
Crumb Catchers “The film got many laughs, people found it to be a clever and original idea, the look of the film was good, as well as it being an uplifting and sweet little story” – Director of Monday Night Picture Club, London
Crumb Catchers “Just love your passion, humor, sensitivity and whimsical storytelling…thank you for sharing your unique vision with us” – Emma Gilchrist audience member at the festival screening
Crumb Catchers “The film leaves a smile in the face – idea, script, actors … just name it … it’s fun to watch it again and again! First the unexpected – and then the little details … GREAT!” Marianne Brown viewer on Raghop.com