Kaitlin McLaughlin is an award-winning writer/director. Her debut feature HOSTILE BORDER was released by Samuel Goldwyn Films and Sony Pictures Entertainment in April 2016. LA Weekly described the film as “No Country for Old Men from the perspective of Anton Chigurh's collateral damage.” The LA Times hailed the film as an “effective crime thriller with a strong visual sense, intriguing tempo and effective economy of words.” Paste Magazine noted,“McLaughlin gives her characters incisive dialogue that keeps the human relations front and center.”
HOSTILE BORDER (previously titled POCHA) premiered at the 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival, winning both the Audience Award and a Special Jury Prize in Directing. HOSTILE BORDER also received the Grand Jury Prize for best narrative feature at the 2015 Urbanworld Film Festival. HOSTILE BORDER, which she wrote and co-directed, was awarded three post-production grants at the 2014 FICG in LA Construye, a works-in-progress competition hosted by the Guadalajara International Film Festival. In 2019, Kaitlin will direct her screenplay THE MURPHYS, which received the 2011 Showtime Tony Cox Award for Best Screenplay from the Nantucket Film Festival and was a semi-finalist in the 2012 Austin Film Festival’s screenwriting competition. She has also participated in the Screenwriters Colony Writers-in-Residence Program and Film Independent's Screenwriters Lab.
Kaitlin was born into a large, clannish Irish-Catholic family and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. She suffered through three Yankees championships before graduating with honors from New York University’s Tisch School for the Arts. Now based in Los Angeles, Kaitlin returns home frequently at the behest of her relatives, who can’t understand why she would ever leave in the first place.