Katherine Marie Media

Filmmaker | Photographer | Producer | Editor | Social Media Manager

Film


Jonah's Journey is a documentary short about a transgender boy from Needham, MA. After years of feeling out of place and confused in a girl's body, Jonah attempted suicide and was hospitalized and medicated. Once he was able to identify the source of his depression, Jonah began his physical transformation to male. The film is an intimate portrait of a family's journey to save and protect a child in crisis, as well as a look at what unconditional love truly means.


In late 2012, I came across Jonah's YouTube channel completely by accident and became immediately interested in his story of transitioning from female to male. From the beginning to the end of this project, I was given what every filmmaker hopes for; honesty, trust, and as a bonus, total kindness from Jonah, his parents, his sister, and his friends. 


One Thousand-ri will shed light on the realities of North Korean refugees' past lives: hunger, sexual abuse, forced labor, torture, and near death. It will also show the difficult steps refugees must take in order to adapt to life outside of North Korea. The film will take place in South Korea where some young refugees are living and attending the Yeomyung School in Seoul. The Yeomyung School is the only private school for teens and 20-something North Korean refugees that is accredited by the Korean Ministry of Education. With the number of North Korean defectors increasing and the country now experiencing a change in power after Kim Jong Il's death in December, the observation of newly escaped North Koreans could be especially helpful in shedding light on the political situation and the real life circumstances for the people living under the communist regime. After 60 plus years of separation, the North and the South have developed in very different ways. While the South has raced ahead through its advances in technology, healthcare, and education, the North has fallen drastically behind. This is probably the only place on Earth where we can see such severe differences between two groups of people that were once of one nation. One Thousand-ri will examine the current conditions of the country by documenting the struggles of North Korean refugees who escaped to the South and their reasons for migration. The working title of the film comes from "one thousand-ri" (about 400 km) which is what the North Korean's call Kim Il Sung's journey to China some time after his father was arrested by the Japanese in January 1925. According to the official North Korean website, Kim (the founding father of North Korea as we know it) vowed never to return to Korea until he could make it an independent nation. His journey is still celebrated in North Korea when students between the ages of 12 and 18 are selected to march the same path that he did nearly 90 years ago. The journey represents commitment to the fatherland and to the "Eternal President" of North Korea, Kim Il Sung. To the North Korean people, the journey is symbolic of the sacrifices Kim made for the national liberation of the country. There are variations to this story, but the journey itself is a crucial part of the history of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. **THE PRODUCTION OF THIS FILM HAS BEEN POSTPONED**


Promotional video for Bearing Arms, Bearing Witness: Veterans Against the Iraq War, a documentary film about the anti-war movement in 2007. 


Morning. Creative film project to describe 'self.'


Man Up In Harlem. Documentary short about anti-gang efforts in Harlem, New York. Low resolution.