The Kat’s Out Of The Bag: The Nine Simultaneous Lives Of Katharine Kramer

Sunday September 1, 2019

By: Naiia Lajoie Since its inception, those living in Tinseltown rapaciously pursue its offerings of fortune and/ or notoriety abundant in its rich history. But what of it? What if one did captivate the world’s attention – would you spearhead social issues, speak out against injustice? Moreover, if you were born into a spotlighted family of Hollywood elite, what would you do to carry on the legacy? Imagine for a moment that your father was regarded as Hollywood’s most liberally outspoken filmmaker. Now imagine that you were named after the greatest, most tenacious female film star of Classic Cinema. How does one carry this weight on their shoulders and continue to perform for the public? Living this reality is Katharine “Kat” Kramer, for whom it just comes naturally. Born of producer-director Stanley Kramer and film & TV actress Karen Sharpe, the godchild and namesake of Katharine Hepburn inherently involves herself with socially conscious works in an effort to be groundbreaking while remaining grounded. Using her film company as a platform to shed light on tough-to-tackle topics such as animal captivity, hunting, LGBTQ bullying, and sexual abuse to name a few, Kat attacks current issues in a way that makes them accessible and relatable. Growing up immersed in activism, when asked if it was her pedigree that pushed her into change-inspiring films or out of her own volition, Kat attributed her need to create compelling content to nature over nurture. Following in her late father’s footsteps, she created “Kat Kramer’s Films That Change the World”, a series of films produced in order to raise awareness about social issues in an artistic manner. Now in its 10th year, the actress continues to perpetuate Stanley Kramer’s legacy by presenting a lot of films at Sunset Gower Studios, formerly...... Read more on Full Issue!

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