kate kunath 🔥

Show Me the Way

The battle for LGBTQ rights hasn’t only been fought on the streets of coastal cities; it has also taken place on the dirt roads, campuses, and in the homes of rural America. In this new short documentary—released 50 years after the Stonewall riots, which brought LGBTQ rights into the national consciousness—gay men living in central Tennessee, and their families, share stories of struggle and self-acceptance. We meet the retiree who spent his entire professional life in the closet, his devoted partner of 20 years, a pastor determined to overcome his own prejudices, and the pastor’s gay son, newly in love and just starting to come into his own.

IDA Documentary Awards 2019 Shorts Shortlist
Format ·········· Short Film
Total Run Time ·· 26 Minutes
Completed········ June 2019
Platform········· Topic.com
Production Co ··· Dirt Road Film, LLC

Role············· Director & Producer





Kate Kunath is an Emmy Award winning Director and Executive Producer/ Showrunner known for her documentary, non-fiction and branded works.

In 2018, Kunath won a Primetime Emmy in the category of Outstanding Short Form Non-Fiction Series for ANTHONY BOURDAIN'S EXPLORE PARTS UNKNOWN: LITTLE LOS ANGELES, which she directed and executive produced. Kunath directed and produced several award winning projects with Bourdain and his partners at Roads and Kingdoms, including THE PERFECT DISH and THE RETURN to CATALUNYA.

She recently partnered with Hello Sunshine to executive produce and direct IN HER ELEMENT, an innovative documentary highlighting women in tech, created and shot in XR (extended reality).

During the pandemic she regularly contributed to BBC Travel and BBC Reel. Her short doc film, SHOW ME THE WAY (Topic.com) was shortlisted in 2019 for the International IDA Awards. Her first feature length doc WE CAME TO SWEAT premiered at OUTFEST/NEWFEST and toured the international festival circuit.
Kunath's work, whether it's for a non-profit or a brand partner, whether it features a taco truck cook or a celebrity actor, is guided and centered by an authentic voice. She has won numerous awards and gained industry recognition for her work from the Television Academy, the James Beard Foundation, Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Awards, International Association of Culinary Professionals, Adweek ARC Awards, PromaxBDA Gold Excellence, and a number of Webby's.

Kunath is a regular contributor to the Outwords Archive and a frequent contributor to many feature length documentary projects and non-fiction shorts. Kunath holds a BA from the University of Washington and an MFA from Hunter College in NYC. She is currently based in Los Angeles.

Kate loves an adventure—near, far or virtual.


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