Kathleen Man Gyllenhaal

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Kathleen Man Gyllenhaal
Kathleen Kwai Ching Man

1974 (age 47–48)
EducationPunahou School
Alma materYale University (BA)
University of Iowa (MFA)
Years active2000–present
(m. 2011)

Kathleen Man Gyllenhaal (born Kathleen Kwai Ching Man; 1974) is an American filmmaker from Hawaii.


Man Gyllenhaal graduated from Yale University with a Bachelor of Arts in Film studies and received her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Iowa.[1] Man Gyllenhaal was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in Paris, France where she directed an award-winning short film titled L'Entretien (The Interview). Man Gyllenhaal then served as a professor at Vassar College where she was awarded tenure. While at the college, Man Gyllenhaal directed a short film as a collaboration with her students titled, Walk the Fish.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Man Gyllenhaal was born on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. There, she attended high school at the Punahou School, graduating in 1992.[3] In July 2011 Gyllenhaal married Stephen Gyllenhaal, a director/producer who is the father of actors Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal.[4][5] The ceremony was held on her home island of Oahu. The pair have collaborated on projects such as the film Grassroots which starred Jason Biggs and Joel David Moore.

Gyllenhaal is only a few years older than her step-children. She gave birth to a son in 2014 after two miscarriages.[6] As of 2017, the couple has resided in the Hollywood Hills.[7]


Man Gyllenhaal has directed many award-winning shorts including Sita: A Girl From Jambu which explores sex trafficking in Nepal, Kind of a Blur which starred Sandra Oh and Lychee Thieves a short film where Man Gyllenhaal represented her native Hawaii. Sita: A Girl From Jambu was used at benefit screenings to raise awareness and funds for the prevention of sex trafficking in Nepal. The film is based on Bichari (Poor) Sita, a play that was written and performed by native girls in rural Nepal.[8]

Man Gyllenhaal also directed the award-winning feature-length documentary, Beauty Mark. The film tells the story of runner, Diane Israel, and her struggle with an eating disorder.[9]

Man Gyllenhaal served as a co-producer of Grassroots and is a screenwriter for The Kennedy Detail. [10]

Kathleen is also the writer/director of 'In Utero' a feature documentary about in utero life and its impact on human development, which premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival in 2015. For her film 'In Utero', she was nominated for the 'Talented New Director Award' by the International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema. Man Gyllenhaal was pregnant herself while filming 'In Utero'.[11]



  1. ^ "Kathleen Man Gyllenhaal". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2015-12-13.
  2. ^ "Bios - Vassar College". Bios.vassar.edu. Retrieved 2015-12-13.
  3. ^ "Kathleen Man '92; Bringing Stories to Life". panhou.edu.
  4. ^ Merriam, Allie (2011-07-25). "Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal Pictures at Stephen Gyllenhaal's Wedding | POPSUGAR Celebrity". Popsugar.com. Retrieved 2015-12-13.
  5. ^ "Stephen Gyllenhaal and Kathleen Kwai Ching Man Wedding Photos". Celebritybrideguide.com. 2011-07-23. Retrieved 2015-12-13.
  6. ^ Man Gyllenhaal, Kathleen (2016-08-02). "Pregnant? Stressed? Science Says Talk to Your Baby". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2017-02-26.
  7. ^ "Kathleen Gyllenhaal: Health meets Hollywood Q&A | American Council on Science and Health". www.acsh.org. Retrieved 2017-02-26.
  8. ^ "WPPC Nepal Foundation - Wppcnepal.Org". 16 April 2013. Archived from the original on 16 April 2013. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  9. ^ "Beauty Mark — Bartlett's Integrated Health Journal". 20 January 2012. Archived from the original on 20 January 2012. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  10. ^ "Bios | Beauty Mark". Beautymarkmovie.com. Retrieved 2015-12-13.
  11. ^ Gyllenhaal, Stephen (2016-08-18). "The Science Behind Pregnant Fathers". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2017-02-26.
  12. ^ "Celebrity Suits for Men and Women on custom made to order Italian fabric in black, blue, grey and all choicest colors". Celebritysuits.com. Archived from the original on 2015-04-09. Retrieved 2015-12-13.

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