An award-winning filmmaker based in Los Angeles, Karen Moncrieff’s directorial credits include episodes of the popular Netflix series 13 Reasons Why and the iconic Emmy-winning show Six Feet Under. While still in the midst of a successful acting career, in 1998 she received the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ prestigious Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting for Blue Car, which became her directorial debut. Blue Car, starring David Strathairn and Agnes Bruckner, premiered at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival where it was acquired by Miramax Films. Screening at major festivals around the world, Blue Car opened to widespread critical acclaim and garnered two Independent Spirit Award nominations, including Best Screenplay. Soon after, Moncrieff was chosen as one of Variety’s “10 Screenwriters to Watch.” Moncrieff’s second feature, The Dead Girl, starring Toni Collette, Josh Brolin, Marcia Gay Harden, Brittany Murphy, Kerry Washington, Giovanni Ribisi, and Rose Byrne, was nominated for three Spirit Awards including Best Feature, Best Director, and Best Supporting Actress. It premiered at the AFI film festival in 2006 and went on to win the Grand Prix at Deauville in 2007. She recently completed The Keeping Hours starring Lee Pace and Carrie Coon, Nellie Bly, starring Christina Ricci, and The Girl in the Bathtub starring Caitlyn Stasey and Jason Patric, the latter two films for Lifetime. Her other television directing credits include Lifetime’s highly rated movie adaptation of V.C. Andrews beloved novel Petals on the Wind with Heather Graham. She also directed, wrote and produced The Trials of Cate McCall starring Kate Beckinsale, Nick Nolte, and James Cromwell.

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Video Podcast: The Dead Girl

The Keeping Hours clip | 2017 LA Film Festival 

Production Stills from “13 Reasons Why”