San Francisco, CA, USA
San Francisco screenwriter Kathryn Machi, MFA, helms fiscally sponsored ViviLu Productions where she researches, germinates, and writes screenplays and stories that entertain, educate, and embrace life-affirming, feminist, and culturally diverse individuals, families, and communities, for international audiences ages 12 to 102. An erstwhile dancer, Kathryn conceived her two dance-focused screenplays, FIREBIRD and BUZZ, when, as the recipient of Native American and University Women scholarships, and as the mother of two young children, she returned to SF State University to earn her MFA in Fiction/Screenwriting. FIREBIRD, a family drama about a Cherokee ballerina who wins a grant to dance abroad, is set in the Cherokee Nation and the Camargue, the cowboy-and Gypsy heart of France. With its culturally specific storyline and exhilarating Indigenous dance fusion scenes, Firebird is endorsed by the Cherokee Nation, was an Austin and Screencraft FF quarterfinalist, and won Best Feature Screenplay at the 2019 Tulsa American Film Festival. BUZZ, a “Me, Too” modern dance thriller with an environmental focus, was purchased in 2018 by Mar Vista Entertainment, serving Lifetime, Netflix, Hulu, etc. JUNE ROSE, a limited TV series, is based on true events during the radical late ‘60s in San Francisco, including the Occupation of Alcatraz. JUNE ROSE is inspired by Kathryn’s mother's unexpected discovery of her Cherokee heritage via her estranged father, a “boarding school” Indian. A dual U.S. /French citizen, and an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation, Kathryn lives with her French-American family in San Francisco. View all VivuLu’s projects at www.viviluproductions.com.