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Kate Hackett is an independent filmmaker based in Los Angeles. She specializes in experimental film and projection design for large scale concerts, and her work has been shown at venues including The Hollywood Bowl, The Apollo Theater, Symphony Space, The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, The Broad Stage, and Australia's Melbourne Recital Centre. Recent works include the Philip Glass premiere and solo violin concert PORTALS featuring violinist Tim Fain, which she co-produced and directed films for. Portals also includes dance films by Benjamin Millepied and spoken-word sequences written by Leonard Cohen, as well as music by Nico Muhly, Aaron Jay Kernis, and others. She has also collaborated twice with Emmy winning composer Laura Karpman, as the film co-director for Karpman's multi-media concert ASK YOUR MAMA, based on a poem by Langston Hughes and featuring performers including soprano Jessye Norman and The Roots. She also directed films for Karpman's new opera THE ONE-TEN PROJECT, in a workshop commissioned by the Los Angeles Opera.

Hackett is a graduate of the MFA Production/Directing Program at UCLA. There, she received multiple awards for her narrative short films, including the James Bridges Award, the Hollywood Foreign Press Award, the Deluxe Thesis Award, the Carole Fielding Award, the MPAA Award, and the FujiFilm Graduate Thesis Award. She was a 2014 Yaddo Fellow, has been a resident artist at Kaneko Experimental Studios, and has taught a masterclass on multimedia filmmaking at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

Her screenplay "Purify My Heart" was a second round finalist for the 2015 Sundance Screenwriters Lab.