Kathryn Francis Tucker is an Emmy award winning film director, mother of two, proud Little Rock native, and 6th generation Arkansan. Kathryn spent the last two decades working in the film industry in New York, Los Angeles, Louisiana, North Carolina, Hawaii, Iceland, and Arkansas as a director, producer, and assistant director. In 2017, Kathryn founded the Arkansas Cinema Society, with founding board members former Governor Mike Beebe, Mayor Frank Scott Jr., Mary Steenburgen, Jeff Nichols, Jayme Lemons, and Graham Gordy—to name a few. Kathryn serves as the executive director of the non-profit organization, which works to nurture the new and existing film talent within Arkansas through educational programs like the Filmmaking Lab for Teen Girls, year-round screenings, and ACS’s annual film event, FILMLAND.
After graduating from Little Rock Central High in 1996, Kathryn went to the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and graduated in 2000 magna cum laude in her major of fine arts with a concentration in photography. After college, she went to work in Manhattan as a photo assistant for celebrity photographer Timothy White.
From there, she began her career in filmmaking as a Photo Editor for Miramax Films. While working at Miramax from 2002-2004, she produced photo shoots and worked on the marketing campaigns for such films as Kill Bill, Cold Mountain, Chicago, Gangs of New York, Amelie, City of God, and Frida. In 2004, she left Miramax to produce the critically acclaimed independent feature film Loggerheads, shot in North Carolina and later accepted into Sundance Dramatic Competition in 2005.
In 2006, Kathryn was accepted into the Directors Guild Training Program in Los Angeles. During her two-year training as a DGA Trainee, she worked on television series and feature films such as Private Practice, Bones, Made of Honor and She's Out of My League. After completing the training program in 2008 and becoming a member of the Directors Guild of America, she worked as a 2nd Assistant Director on the pilot episode and first season of Glee, earning three award nominations from the Directors Guild of America for her work on Glee's directing team.
Kathryn left Glee in 2010 to re-immerse herself in feature films and spent the next 4 years working as a 2nd Assistant Director on such films as Drag Me to Hell, Just Go With It, Jack & Jill, This Is 40, Oblivion, Gangster Squad, and Sex Tape. In 2011, Kathryn co-produced 2nd Serve, an independent feature film shot in Kentucky.
In 2013, Kathryn partnered with the Miller Brothers in Arkansas to produce All the Birds Have Flown South, which was shot in the winter of 2014. In 2016, she produced the feature film Antiquities alongside Graham Gordy, Daniel Campbell, Gary Newton, and Jayme Lemons. Antiquities was shot entirely on location in Little Rock and North Little Rock in the fall of 2016. It premiered June 16th, 2018, at the Chinese Theater in Los Angeles and was distributed nationally and digitally by The Orchard. Kathryn also won a Regional Emmy for her work directing a documentary about former Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe for Arkansas PBS that premiered on August 21st, 2019, in Little Rock and aired on Arkansas PBS.
Kathryn splits time between Little Rock, AR, and Ojai, CA, with her husband, award winning cinematographer Gabe Mayhan, their 6 year old son, Tucker, and 3 year old daughter, Coco.