Kathleen McInnis Bio

Kathleen McInnis is a Film Festival Strategist and Publicity Consultant, specializing in World Cinema, Documentary and Short Films. She offers flexible fee structures, personalized service and expert guidance to films using the festival circuit as their launch.

McInnis represents films at the top worldwide film festivals including Sundance, Toronto, Berlin, Cannes and Karlovy Vary. A few of her recent festival titles include “Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same”, “Restoration” (2011 Sundance Film Festival); “It Might Get Loud” (2010 Berlin Film Festival), and “Surveillance” (2010 Cannes Film Festival) among many others.

Her extensive experience with film festivals and film publicity over the past twenty years, combined with a distinctive background in both filmmaking and film journalism, allows McInnis to work hand-in-hand with filmmakers, and their team, to fully achieve their festival goals and expectations—utilizing both traditional and new media approaches. Her company, See-Through Films, is an independent film consulting firm with extraordinary reach for maximum client profile*.

McInnis’ practical knowledge of, and relationships with, global film festivals is informed by her tenure at such festivals as Slamdance Film Festival (Festival Director, 2005), and Seattle International Film Festival (Director of Industry Programming, Director of Publicity & Promotion, and Lead Film Programmer, 1993-2004).

McInnis is currently the Film Curator and Director of Industry Programming at Palm Springs ShortFest (Variety: “Palm Springs ShortFest has groomed one of the world’s most prominent short showcases” 8/2010).

In addition to crafting and executing strategic approaches to the festival circuit for her clients, McInnis also provides expert unit publicity services—creating press kits, production notes, marketing materials and deliverables to the highest possible standard.

Most recently, McInnis was the Unit Publicist on “The Door” starring Helen Mirren, directed by Istvan Szabo; “The Ward” starring Amber Heard, directed by John Carpenter, and “Surveillance” starring Bill Pullman, directed by Jennifer Lynch. Her other unit publicity credits include “Hard Candy” (starring Patrick Wilson, Ellen Page, Sandra Oh), “Fido" (Carrie-Anne Moss, Billy Connolly, Dylan Baker, Tim Blake Nelson), and “The Scoundrel’s Wife” (Tatum O’Neal, Julian Sands, Tim Curry) and the Stephen King mini-series “Rose Red” (Nancy Travis, Melanie Lynskey, Emily Deschanel), among many others.

McInnis also teaches Film Festival Strategies at both NYU Tisch/Asia (Singapore) and UCLA School of Television, Film and Theater. She was the inaugural Film Festival Specialist at Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television (2005-2008). As a film journalist, McInnis was Editor-at-Large for MovieMaker Magazine (1993-2000), as well as a freelance segment producer for Extra TV.

McInnis is a Senior Publicist in IATSE Local 600, Publicist Guild of the International Cinematographers Union. Her full credit list can be found at www.imdbpro.com

*A few examples of high profile exposure obtained for clients can be seen here:

(AWOL) http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/19/movies/palm-springs-international-shortfest.html?pagewanted=all

(Surveillance) http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/28/movies/28ande.html

(Four Sheets to the Wind) http://www.nytimes.com/2006/08/27/movies/27ande.html?pagewanted=all

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