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 internationally in the UK and America.
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).
Coming Up Katharine also completed an Artist Residency program in 2012 with Archectype Gallery (www.archetypegallery.com) for which she began working on a video installation & documentary piece about women’s body image. 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 Imaginarium screening
Review of Behind the Wall “The biggest round of applause has to go to Katharine Rogers who really seems to have a focus on what she wants to be done. Each scene has a specific point and charts the key stops of a classic play yet all is done in just fifteen minutes. Every scene you could see that each shot, sound, lighting choice, editing technique was all picked to enhance the scene and get the point over in the quickest amount of time possible. For it to work so effectively it means that the ship was being guided with a very steady hand” – Reviewer Daniel Hobson