Kathryn Pasternak’s career in filmmaking began in NYC, shortly after graduating from Harvard University with a degree in Fine Arts. After working in Los Angeles and then settling in the DC area, some 20 years later, she’s the recipient of two National Emmy Awards for “Best Science and Nature Film” and nominee for two more, including most recently in 2010, for her role Executive Producing the film “Swamp Troop,” for the National Geographic Channel.
Prior to forging out again as a freelance filmmaker, Kathryn worked in a variety of roles at National Geographic Television for over 16 years, including managing development of the National Geographic Specials, and travelling around the world in search of compelling co-productions for the company’s “Explorer” Television series. Her final role on staff was Senior Producer of wildlife films in Nat Geo’s Natural History Unit, but Kathryn continues to work regularly for National Geographic Channels as a freelancer.
In 2009, Kathryn Pasternak launched her own production company, PASTERNAK MEDIA LLC. In her new venture, she is executive producing, producing and writing a variety of wildlife and conservation media – from high end blue chip television programming and feature docs, to broadband vlogs and conservation advocacy films. PASTERNAK MEDIA’S clients include Animal Planet, the Discovery Channel, National Geographic Channels, Smithsonian Networks, and many international production companies. PASTERNAK MEDIA also offers consultancy services to wildlife and other documentary film projects and conservation media.
DOEVILLE is Pasternak’s first documentary feature film. Since growing up in Alberta, Canada and visiting small farms with her mother, Pasternak has loved and appreciated the value of seeing your own food before you buy and eat it. She first visited Deauville Fallow Deer Farm and got to know Gail Rose in 2003 when she purchased a home in the area and started visiting the farm with her boys – to feed the deer, commune with the chickens, and to buy organic vegetables and eggs. Before long, she couldn’t get the idea out of her head – Gail and the story of her wacky little farm was a film waiting to happen! But this project would be different – she is filming it herself, which is allowing a far more intimate, detailed portrait of life on a sustainable farm than would otherwise be possible.