Writer and director Katrin Bowen was born in England and moved to Linden, Alberta at the age of five. From growing up in a Mennonite community in Linden, Alberta, to acting in b-movie kickboxing films in Los Angeles to writing and directing independent films in Vancouver, Katrin has led a colourful life.
Katrin’s directing career began at Berkeley, when, for her graduation thesis, she made an award-winning documentary on rap music: Spitting Reality. At the Vancouver Video poetry festival her short film Someone won the Audience Choice Award, and Katrin was also honoured to receive the Vision Award for Best Director for Almost Forgot My Bones. Almost Forgot My Bones also won the Best International Film Award at the Chroma festival in Guadajara, Mexico and the Audience Choice award at the Vancouver Video poetry Festival.
Next, Katrin performed in and directed Financially Strapped; which played in rotation on the Wedge on Much Music, as well as screening in competition at the 2008 Zebra Video Poetry Festival, and featured at both the 2008 Interfilm Film Festival in Berlin and the Kosmopolis festival in Barcelona.
Katrin's first feature, Amazon Falls, based on her b-movie experiences in Los Angeles and loosely based on the Lana Clarkson/Phil Spector story, won the Best Debut Feature at the 2011 Female Eye Film Festival. Director Co-producer Katrin Bowen was a recipient of the Women in the Director's chair feature film award and was recently bestowed with the Women in Film & Television 16th Annual Artistic Achievement Award. The film explores the burden of the Hollywood dream machine with the protagonist Jana, played by April Telek, relentlessly pursuing her fleeting b-movie career with fervour. B-movie footage from Katrin’s foray as a Troma actress appears in the film.
Next up for Katrin is the semi-autobiographical feature script Off Course, which also will be produced by Purple Productions. Off Course is a suspenseful road movie set in Italy about a young model’s desperate journey to get home.
Katrin is an alumna of the University of California at Berkeley, The Cannes Producing Intensive, Women in the Director’s Chair, and the Berlinale Talent Campus. Katrin speaks four languages and lives in Vancouver, BC.