Karen Skloss’ work has been shown on HBO, in the MOMA, in wide theatrical release, and in film festivals internationally. She began her career in film as a child actor and most recently, made her narrative directorial debut with the psychedelic coming-of-age film, “The Honor Farm,” which premiered at the SXSW Film Festival and is available through Gravitas Ventures. “Sunshine,” her first documentary feature as director was nationally broadcast on PBS's Emmy Award-winning series, Independent Lens. 

Karen has worked as an editor for over 20 years on documentary and narrative features including the acclaimed dramedy, “Support the Girls” (dir. Andrew Bujalski) which was listed as a top movie pick by former president Barack Obama. She began her career with the celebrated documentary, “Be Here to Love Me: The Story of Townes Van Zandt” (dir. Margaret Brown). Karen is currently producing and editing a documentary feature about Pink Floyd’s Syd Barrett and has edited many other documentary features as well as shows for Jerry Bruckheimer Television, A&E, Discovery, TLC, and TNT.

Films by Karen Skloss


Sunshine offers a refreshingly rare glimpse on the current day transformations taking place within the American family. Filmmaker Karen Skloss explores her own unplanned pregnancy and decision to keep the child as a single mother. Twenty-three years prior, Skloss’ biological mother faces a similar dilemma, choosing to give birth secretly in a Catholic home for unwed mothers through a closed adoption.
Woven together from more than 10 years’ worth of intimate family interviews and stylized essay-like moments, Sunshine is a compelling and uniquely crafted portrait of an adopted woman driven to search for her pride and identity while connecting with her biological mother.