Kathleen Man Gyllenhaal was born and raised on Oahu, Hawaii and currently lives in Los Angeles. She is the writer/director of a diverse body of award-winning dramas and documentaries, including BEAUTY MARK, a social documentary exploring America’s obsession with body image, perfection and success, and SITA: A GIRL FROM JAMBU, an ethnographic drama about child sex trafficking in Nepal. Kathleen taught at the University of Colorado-Boulder, then Vassar College, where she obtained tenure. From there, she transitioned to Hollywood, co-producing the feature film GRASSROOTS, starring Jason Biggs, Cedric the Entertainer and Lauren Ambrose, released by Samuel Goldwyn Films. Kathleen wrote and directed the award-winning LYCHEE THIEVES, an Academy Award qualifying live-action short. Recently, Kathleen directed the feature documentary, IN UTERO.