Kate launched Straight Up Films with partner Marisa Polvino in 2008, where her resourcefulness, exceptional sales skills, and knack for uniting creative talents laid the foundation for a thriving business in one of the most challenging economies in decades. Their recent film releases include Transcendence, directed by Academy Award Winner, Wally Pfister, starring Johnny Depp, Morgan Freeman and Rebecca Hall; Jane Got a Gun, directed by Gavin O’Connor, starring Natalie Portman, Joel Edgerton and Ewan McGregor; and Shot! The Psycho-Spiritual Manra of Rock, produced with Vice Media. Their current slate includes Man’s Search for Meaning, to be adapted from Viktor Frankl’s best-selling memoir, Magnificent Creatures, produced with Mike Medavoy and David Dobkin; and Imaginary Friend, produced with Jeremy Renner’s company, The Combine. Forging her career in New York, Kate found her exceptional ability to build relationships integral to her early success working in freelance PR for high-end brands, and subsequently in raising significant financing for films. With this latter endeavor, Kate found the perfect home for her creative passion, persistence, and business savvy, as a feature film producer. Soon thereafter, she co-wrote and produced her first feature, Away From Here. In addition to building the Straight Up Films business, Kate’s innovative vision and eye for talent led her to launch Straight Up’s branded content division where she has been a key player in discovering new marketing, branding, and cross-media opportunities between the two divisions.