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Kat Candler (born November 11, 1974) is an American film writer, producer, and director. She wrote and directed the 2014 film Hellion, and has worked on television shows including 13 Reasons Why and Queen Sugar.
Hellion, starring actors Aaron Paul and Juliette Lewis, screened at the Sundance Film Festival. Candler's work in television includes directing seven episodes of Ava DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey's Queen Sugar. Candler oversaw season two of Queen Sugar as the producing director and season three as its showrunner. Candler directed two episodes of the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why—season two, episode nine "The Missing Page" and season two, episode ten "Smile, Bitches." During season three, she continued with the show as the consulting producer. Candler directed season two, episode nine of Sorry for Your Loss, entitled "The Whale." Candler also directed two episodes of the Apple TV+ show Home Before Dark—season one, episode five "88 Miles an Hour" and season one, episode six "The Green Bike" as well as season two, episode three of Dirty John. The episode—entitled "Marriage Encounter"—aired June 9, 2020 on the USA Network.
Candler is currently writing and developing a horror film for Fox Searchlight and a TV series set in the oil refinery world of southeast Texas for TNT. Most recently, she was listed as the director of the television pilot The Republic of Sarah for The CW, set to premiere some time in 2021. Candler is writing, executive producing and developing Lords of Dogtown for IMDb TV, a television series based on the 2005 film of the same name.
- 2014 Sundance Institute Women's Initiative Fellow
- 2014 San Francisco Film Society/Kenneth Rainin Foundation Grant, Untitled Black Metal Project
- 2014 deadCenter Film Festival, Grand Jury Prize, Hellion
- 2014 Sundance Film Festival Nomination Grand Jury Prize, Hellion
- 2014 SXSW Gamechanger Award Special Mention, Hellion
- 2014 Humanitas Prize Nomination, Hellion
- 2014 Dallas International Film Festival, Grand Jury Prize, Hellion
- 2013 Austin Film Grant, Hellion
- 2013 San Francisco Film Society/Kenneth Rainin Foundation Grant, Hellion
- 2013 Best Narrative Short, deadCenter Film Festival, Black Metal
- 2013 Grand Jury Prize, Dallas International Film Festival, Black Metal
- 2012 No Borders IFP Participant, Hellion
- 2012 Best Short Film, Cine Chicks Film Festival, Hellion
- 2012 Texas Filmmakers Production Fund Recipient, Black Metal
- 2012 Best Live Action Short, BAMKids, Love Bug
- 2012 Best Live Action Short, Children's Film Festival Seattle, Love Bug
- 2011 IFP Emerging Narrative Participant, Nikki is a Punk Rocker
- 2011 Best Short, Festival Internacional de Cine Para Ninos, Love Bug
- 2010 2nd Place Jury Prize, Chicago's Children's Film Festival, Love Bug
- 2010 Best Florida Short Film, Jacksonville Film Festival, Love Bug
- 2010 semi-finalist, Austin Film Festival, Never Date a Teen Idol
- 2010 Traverse City Comedy Arts Festival, Audience Award, Love Bug
- 2009 Austin Film Festival Audience Award, Love Bug
- 2009 Official Participant in the Tribeca All Access Program, The Spider in the Bathtub
- 2007 Austin Chronicle Cover Story
- 2007 Austin Breakout Filmmaker, Austin American Statesman
- Home Before Dark (Director 105 & 106), Apple TV+
- Dirty John (Director 203), USA
- Sorry for Your Loss (Director 209), Facebook Watch
- Queen Sugar Season Three (Director, 312 and 313)
- Queen Sugar Season Three (Writer, 301, 309 and 313)
- Queen Sugar Season Three (Showrunner), OWN Network
- Queen Sugar Season Two (Director 201 and 207), OWN Network
- Queen Sugar Season Two (Producing Director Season 2), OWN Network
- 13 Reasons Why (director, two episodes, season 2), Netflix
- 12 Monkeys (Director 306), SyFy
- Queen Sugar (Director 108 and 109), Harpo Productions
- Bad Moms, (2nd Unit Director), STX Entertainment
- The Rusted, 20 minutes, (Writer, Director), Canon, Grey Agency
- Hellion (2014) Feature film
- Black Metal at IMDb (2013) – director, writer, producer
- Love Me at IMDb (2012) – writer
- Saturday Morning Massacre at IMDb (2012) – story by
- Hellion at IMDb (2012) Short film – director, writer
- Love Bug at IMDb (2009) – director, writer
- Jumping Off Bridges at IMDb (2006) – director, writer, producer
- Pilot and Olo (TV Short) at IMDb (2005) – director, writer
- Roberta Wells at IMDb (2004) – director, writer
- The Absence of Wings at IMDb (2002) – director, writer, editor
- Cicadas at IMDb (2000) - director, writer, producer, editor
- "Kat Candler". IMDb. Retrieved October 9, 2020.
- "Kat Candler Emerges from the Austin Film Scene with "Hellion"". Texas Monthly. June 18, 2014. Retrieved February 2, 2021.
- Hellion (2013) - IMDb, retrieved October 9, 2020
- 13 Reasons Why (TV Series 2017–2020) - IMDb, retrieved October 9, 2020
- Queen Sugar (TV Series 2016– ) - IMDb, retrieved October 9, 2020
- Chai, Barbara (January 22, 2014). "Aaron Paul, Josh Wiggins Debut Sundance Film 'Hellion' (Video)". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved October 9, 2020.
- "'Queen Sugar': Kat Candler Named New Showrunner For Season 3 Of OWN Drama". Deadline. October 17, 2017. Retrieved February 2, 2021.
- Sorry for Your Loss (TV Series 2018–2019) - IMDb, retrieved October 9, 2020
- Home Before Dark (TV Series 2020– ) - IMDb, retrieved October 9, 2020
- Dirty John (TV Series 2018– ) - IMDb, retrieved October 9, 2020
- "'Queen Sugar' Showrunner Kat Candler to Helm 'Splitfoot' at Fox Searchlight". Variety. March 8, 2019. Retrieved February 2, 2021.
- "Ava DuVernay, Kat Candler to Develop Texas Labor Union Series at TNT". Variety. November 6, 2019. Retrieved February 2, 2021.
- "'The Republic Of Sarah': Izabella Alvarez, Nia Holloway & Hope Lauren Join CW Drama Pilot; Kat Candler Directs". Deadline. March 3, 2020. Retrieved February 2, 2021.
- "'Lords Of Dogtown' TV Series Based On Movie In Works At IMDb TV From Kat Candler, Shawn Ryan & Sony TV". Deadline. January 6, 2021. Retrieved February 2, 2021.
- "Kat Candler - Awards". IMDb. Retrieved November 10, 2020.