Kari Skogland

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Kari Skogland
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter, producer

Kari Skogland is a Canadian film director, screenwriter and producer.[1][2] In 2016, she co-founded independent production company Mad Rabbit.[3] Her most recent project is the Falcon and the Winter Soldier television series for Marvel Studios.


Skogland started as an editor.[4] Then she moved on to directing, starting with award-winning television commercials and music videos.[5] Then she became a director of television shows, beginning with an episode of 1994's Dead at 21 and five episodes of 1996's Traders.[6] Traders was nominated for several Geminis including Best Director, and won Best Series.[7]

Her first film, The Size of Watermelons won the Silver Award at WorldFest Houston. Her CBC film White Lies was nominated for several Geminis and an International Emmy and won a Tout Ecran. She also directed 50 Dead Men Walking starring Sir Ben Kingsley, Jim Sturgess and Rose McGowan in March 2009.[8] She directed episodes of Boardwalk Empire, The Borgias and in 2014 the miniseries Sons of Liberty[9] and episodes of the History Channel's Vikings. In 2017 and 2018, she directed several memorable episodes of Hulu's original series, The Handmaid's Tale, including the Season 1 finale.[10] She described her process for directing the show as, "Communication, curiosity and being open to an outcome that is different from what I have planned."[11]

Skogland has spoken out about the glass ceiling for women directors in the film industry.[11] Speaking about the production of The Handmaid's Tale in 2018, she said, "People say they can’t find female directors, but the reason for that is there’s no access, no entry point. They don’t appear overnight—you have to create a space where they can grow and be discovered."[12]

Personal life[edit]

Born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Kari Skogland is married to film editor Jim Munro. They met circa 1979 when Skogland applied to be Munro's assistant, which led to Skogland getting the job and the two also starting a personal relationship. They have two daughters, MacKenzie and Aislin.[13][14]



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  8. ^ "Fifty Dead Men Walking". Tribute. Retrieved 2015-12-02.
  9. ^ "History's 'Sons of Liberty' Enlists 'Copper' Alum (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. 2014-06-05. Retrieved 2015-12-02.
  10. ^ "'The Handmaid's Tale' Director Kari Skogland on Identity, Easter Eggs & More". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-07-12.
  11. ^ a b Caprino, Kathy. "Award-Winning Director Kari Skogland Shares Key Lessons For Thriving In Entertainment". Forbes. Retrieved 2018-05-30.
  12. ^ Laing, Sarah (March 28, 2018). "KARI SKOGLAND ON DIRECTING THE HANDMAID'S TALE". Elle Canada. Retrieved May 30, 2018.
  13. ^ Zekas, Rita (2011-04-05). "Home tour: Director Kari Skogland is the lady of the lamps". The Star. Retrieved 2021-03-19.
  14. ^ "Filmmaker mom learns to direct traffic". thechronicleherald.ca The Chronicle Herald. 2012-03-09. Archived from the original on 2018-09-02. Retrieved 2015-12-02.
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  16. ^ "Liberty stands still". cineman.ch. Retrieved 2015-12-02.
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  18. ^ "Kari Skogland — Emmy-nominated director of Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale - Randi Altman's postPerspective". Randi Altman's postPerspective. 19 July 2018.

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