Kate E Schermerhorn

Website: http://www.lunaparkproductions.org
Director/Producer/Photographer | San Francisco , USA

Emmy winning Producer/Director/Photographer Kate Schermerhorn worked for 10 years as a still photographer before shifting to moving images in 2003. Like her photography, Kate's films are quirky, funny, thought provoking and visually beautiful.


Kate made her directorial debut in 2006 with the completion of 'Seeking 1906', which she produced, directed and photographed. In 2007 Kate won a Northern California Emmy for directing the one hour documentary which was also nominated in the Historical/Cultural category. 'Seeking 1906', a quirky journey with bestselling author Simon Winchester as he traveled the San Andreas Fault, was a co-production with KQED. The film broadcast nationally on PBS. The San Francisco Chronicle called 'Seeking 1906' 'Sublime and fascinating.'

Kate began her visual career as a still photographer and is well known for her photography book, 'America's Idea of a Good Time' (Dewi Lewis Publishing 2001). The New Yorker said of the work, "Kate Schermerhorn brings genuine life to the show. In her small black-and-white prints nothing seems wasted, and nothing's excessive"

Kate started working in television production at a young age for her father, executive producer with Neil Tardio Productions. Kate went on to work in all aspects of commercial and music video production and has worked with Michael Moore, Tamra Davis and Matthew Rolston.

Kate was born in New York in 1966 and raised in Malibu, California. She studied photography with Joel Sternfeld at Sarah Lawrence College. Kate has lived in Hong Kong, Italy, rural Scotland and from 1995-2002 in London. She moved to San Francisco in 2002. Kate has two young children.

Additional Details

-Filmography -

Produced, Directed and Photographed

Veterans Village - Promotional film (co-Production with Schmaguuli LLC) 2008
Home with Rose - Music video/XIE Music 2008
Seeking 1906 - One hour television documentary (co-production with KQED) 2006
China Revealed - Pilot/Luna Park Productions 2007
Real Kids/Real Food - Pilot/Luna Park Productions 2006


Message in a Bottle - short fictional short/Luna Park Productions 2008


Las Vegas Garden of Love TV/ABC Family 2006
Dream Role Pilot/Schmaguuli LLC 2005
Real Pretty Women Pilot/Schamguuli LLC 2005
Shipwreck Sailor Siren Short Fictional Film/Panastream 2003

Away with the Pixies Music Video (director Tamra Davis)/Grand Royal 1995

Currently in Production

To Have and To Hold One hour television documentary
(director, producer, camera)

Currently in Development
Vet’s Express (co-production with Schamuuil LLC)


Emmy for Outstanding Achievement as Director (Northern California) 2007
Nominated for Emmy for Best Historical/Cultural Feature (Northern California) 2007
Recipient of the Pacific Pioneer Fund 2007

Documentaries by Kate

Genre: FAMILY, marriage
To Have and To Hold, a film about marriage The filmmaker’s personal quest to discover how to make a marriage thrive, why ..... View project