Producer of Bowling for Columbine
American producer Kathleen Glynn is widely known for her association with her filmmaker husband, Michael Moore. She has produced Moore's successful documentary films such as “Bowling for Columbine” (2002), “Fahrenheit 9/11” (2004) and “Sicko” (2007) as well as his television shows “TV Nation” (1994-1995), which earned Glynn an Emmy Award, and “The Awful Truth” (2000-2001).
Childhood and Family:
Kathleen Glynn was born Kathleen René Glynn on April 10, 1958, in Flint, Michigan. She later married filmmaker and author Michael Moore (born April 23, 1954). She has a daughter named Natalie. The family currently live in Traverse City, Michigan.
Kathleen Glynn began career in showbiz in 1992 when she became an intern in the Spike Lee Oscar nominated biographical film “Malcolm X,” starring Denzel Washington as the title character, and served as wardrobe assistant in the comedy “My New Gun,” starring Diane Lane, James LeGros and Stephen Collins.
Glynn's producing career started two years later when she produced the newsmagzine show “TV Nation,” with Jerry Kupfer. The show, which was written, directed and hosted by her husband, Michael Moore, premiered on July 19, 1994 on NBC but was canceled after only one season. It was subsequently picked up by Fox, in which the show would run for an additional season until September 5, 1995. In 1995, “TV Nation” won an Emmy for Outstanding Informational Series, which Glynn shared with Moore, Kupfer, David Wald (senior producer) and writers Eric Zicklin, Steve Sherrill, Chris Kelly and Randy Cohen. Three years after the show ended, Glynn and her husband published the book “Adventures in a TV Nation,” a chronicle of “TV Nation.”
In 1995, Glynn served as co-producer on “Canadian Bacon,” a comedy film directed, written and produced by her husband. The film received mostly negative reviews. She also served as costume designer. In 1997, Glynn served as associate producer on the short lived action/adventure television series “Spy Game,” which was created by screenwriter and physician Ivan Raimi, director Sam Raimi, and writer John McNamara. The same year, she also produced the documentary film “The Big One,” by her husband, and the video documentary “TV Nation: Volume One.”
Glynn executive produced the satirical television show “The Awful Truth,” which was directed, written, and hosted by her husband. The show fan for two seasons from April 11, 1999 to July 5, 2000. She jointly netted two Emmy nominations for Outstanding Non-Fiction Series for her work on the series. From 2000 - 2001, Glynn served as associate producer/co-producer on the CBS action/drama series “The Fugitive,” starring Tim Daly, Mykelti Williamson and Stephen Lang. In 2002, she produced the critically acclaimed documentary film “Bowling for Columbine,” by husband Moore. The film brought her husband international attention as a rising filmmaker and won many awards, including an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, as Independent Spirit for Best Documentary Feature,
a special 55th Anniversary Prize at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival and a César for Best Foreign Film. Glynn jointly received an Australian Film Institute (AFI) nomination for Best Foreign Film Award for her work.
In 2004, Glynn produced Moore's next documentary film, “Fahrenheit 9/11,” a critical look at the presidency of George W. Bush, the War on Terror, and its coverage in the news media. The film won Palme d'Or and FIPRESCI Prize at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival, among other awards and nominations. “Fahrenheit 9/11” has grossed over $220 million worldwide, making it the highest grossing documentary of all time. Glynn shared a 2004 International Documentary Association (IDA) for Feature Documentaries for her work in the film.
In 2007, Glynn reunited with her husband for the documentary film “Sicko,” investigating health care in the United States, specially its health insurance and the pharmaceutical industry. The film received positive reviews from critics and was a success at the box office. With a budget of $9 million, the film grossed $24,540,079 in the United States and $11,105,296 in foreign markets for a total of over $36 million worldwide.
In 2009, Glynn executive produced Moore's documentary film, “Capitalism: A Love Story.”
International Documentary Association (IDA): Feature Documentaries, “Fahrenheit 9/11,” 2004
Emmy: Outstanding Informational Series, “TV Nation,” 1995