Katherine Dieckmann Film Director

Writer-director Katherine Dieckmann’s most recent feature film is Motherhood, starring Uma Thurman, Anthony Edwards and Minnie Driver, and produced by Rachel Cohen, Pam Koffler, Jana Edelbaum and Christine Vachon (iDeal Partners/Killer Films). This day-in-the-life comedy, tracking a harried mother’s identity crisis on the day she has to throw her daughter’s birthday party, premieres at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2009.

Dieckmann also directed the feature Diggers (2007), written by Ken Marino and starring Paul Rudd, Maura Tierney, Ron Eldard, Lauren Ambrose, Sarah Paulson, Josh Hamilton and Marino. The film was produced by Jason Kliot, Joana Vicente, Anne Chaisson and Marino. This bittersweet look at a group of struggling clam diggers on Long Island in 1976 was described by The New York Times as a “minutely observed period piece… the brave, mournful tone of a Bruce Springsteen song… a quintessential American independent movie… it feels like life.”

A Good Baby (1999) was Dieckmann’s first feature as writer-director. This lyrical drama about an abandoned newborn and the loner who comes to care for her, set in the mountains of North Carolina, stars Henry Thomas, David Strathairn and Cara Seymour, and was produced by Lianne Halfon and Tom Carouso/Kardana Films. A Good Baby was developed at the Sundance Institute’s Screenwriting and Directing labs.

Dieckmann began her directing career by making music videos for such bands as R.E.M., Wilco, Aimee Mann and Everything but the Girl, and was the originating director on Nickelodeon’s groundbreaking live action children’s serial, “The Adventures of Pete & Pete,” for which she received a CableAce nomination for Best Direction of a Comedy Special.

An Assistant Professor in the Columbia University’s Graduate School of the Arts, where she teaches screenwriting, Dieckmann lives in New York City and Rensselaerville, NY with her husband and two children.