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Three Lives of Kate

TV half hour, 35mm/colour, 2000

Producer/Director/Writer: Ian Thompson
Producer/Director/Writer: Karen Hanson
Narrated by Sandra Oh

Seven-year-old Kate is running in the park when she feels compelled to touch a tree. This marks the beginning of a life-long struggle with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, a fascinating disease of rituals and doubts run wild. Narrated by internationally renowned actress Sandra Oh, Three Lives of Kate is a tender diary exploring issues of free will and how psychological illness affects family, friends and one’s sense of self.


“Gripping” Boston Phoenix

“Beautifully told and ultimately hopeful.” The Toronto Star

“There are a few good dramas [at the Local Heroes Film Festival], the best of which is a piece called Three Lives of Kate.” Uptown Magazine

“A tender, detailed diary” Mike Zimmerman, Director, Empire State Film Festival

“Delightful” Ursula Diamond, Operations Director, Boston Film Festival

“You know from the opening frame that you are in for a moving experience.” Barry Beckor, Director, Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival

“Not only is the film very well written, but the music and cinematography blended beautifully. An excellent work.” Eric Lewis, Juror, Telluride IndieFest

Broadcast Credits
  • Broadcast on HBO and CBC (Canadian Reflections
  • Gold Medal for Independent Films at the 41st Brno 16 Film Festival
  • Gold Medal for the Best Dramatic Short at the 34th Worldfest-Houston
  • CineWomen NYAward for Outstanding Narrative Short
  • Best Film with a Psychological Theme, Brooklyn Film Festival
Selected Screenings
  • 45th Valladolid International Film Festival, Spain
  • 40th Huy World Festival of Short Films, Belgium
  • 41st Brno Sixteen, Czech Republic
  • 34th Worldfest-Houston International Film Festival, USA
  • 30th Festival Internacional de Cinema Figueira da Foz, Portugal
  • 23rd International Women Directors Film Festival (Créteil), France
  • 16th Boston Film Festival, USA
  • Empire State Film Festival, USA
  • Winfemme Film Festival (LA), USA
  • FirstGlance Independent Film and Video Festival (LA), USA
  • Brooklyn Film Festival, USA
  • Long Beach International Film Festival, USA
  • Atlantic City Film Festival, USA
  • Hope and Dreams Film Festival, USA
  • Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival, USA
  • Port Hueneme International Film Festival, USA
  • Ajijic Festival Internacional de Cine, Mexico
  • Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival, Canada
  • Ohio Independent Film Festival, USA
  • Telluride Indie Fest, USA
  • Ojai International Film Festival, USA
  • Santa Monica Film Festival, USA
  • Sea to Sky Film Festival, Canada
  • Voladero International Film Festival, Mexico
  • Victoria Independent Film & Video Festival, Canada
  • Sarasota Film Festival, USA
  • Local Heroes Canadian Film Festival, Canada
  • SPROCKETS Toronto International Film Festival for Children, Canada
  • Kids!Cinema!Action!, USA
  • Herland Feminist Film and Video Festival, Canada
  • Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee, USA
  • Canyonlands Film and Video Festival, USA
  • International Film Festival Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Gran Canary Islands