Karen is a New York City based writer and filmmaker. She has received screenwriting awards from the Sloan Foundation, Finnish Film Foundation and American Scandinavian Society with her romantic comedy, Charm School for Primates, advancing to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ Nicholl Fellowship quarterfinals. Her work has showcased internationally at SXSW, Nantucket and Hamptons film festivals, winning Audience Choice, Best Short and Riese Foundation awards. Her work has been sponsored by Women Make Movies and produced for The League of Professional Theatre Women.
Through her production company, Reel Siren Media, Karen creates advertising campaigns that bring brand stories to life. Translating corporate objectives into deeper, more resonant themes, her work includes industrial, issue-driven and legacy films, as well as websites and print advertising. The Heart of ICWA Series, produced for the National Indian Child Welfare Association, was named a 2017 Webby Award Honoree in the category of Public Service and Activism. Her Telly Award winning commercials and ongoing campaign for The Poarch Creek Indians (poarchneighbors.com) include a collection of portraits that were exhibited at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts and a spot that aired during Superbowl 2016 in AL. MFA, NYU Film.