Kara Herold is a filmmaker whose carefully crafted works examine the intersection of feminism and pop culture with wit and visual flair. She has written, directed and produced everything from short animations to award winning documentaries, and has collaborated extensively with other artists and writers, including Beth Lisick, Monica Nolan and Andi Zeisler.
Herold just finished producing and directing BACHELORETTE, 34, which takes a humorous look at society's obsession with marriage, through the lens of a mother-daughter relationship.
Herold's previous production, GRRLYSHOW, premiered at Sundance in 2001. The film told the story of the girl zine explosion, in which women from all walks of life began creating zines to provide themselves and others with an alternative to the homogeneity of mainstream media.
Herold's other productions include TIT CHAT and WOMEN FOR SALE. TIT CHAT, a collaboration with cartoonist Ariel Bordeaux, is a three minute animation about accepting one's body, whatever its size. It was a finalist at the Queer Short Movie Awards. WOMEN FOR SALE takes Beth Lisick's spoken-word account of a teenage models' career and sets it to a dazzling montage of exploitation footage from days gone by. The film recently won first place at the 23rd annual Cine-Poetry Film Festival sponsored by the National Poetry Association.
Herold was raised in the small desert town of Hemet, California by two teachers. She attended UCLA and received an MFA in Cinema from San Francisco State University. Herold credits a number of individuals who have influenced her development as an artist: Su Friedrich, who uses rigorous ritual structures to tell emotional personal stories; Jay Rosenblatt, who uses found footage to enhance the poetry of his films; and Martin Arnold, who re-choreographs traditional 1950s Hollywood family scenes into black comic nightmares. (8/14)
A film by Kara Herold, 2000, 18 min., Color
An 18 minute explosion of fringe feminism and print media, The GRRLYSHOW is a powerful and rebellious message from new voices often left unheard. Fil...