Kari Skogland is a Canadian filmmaker.[1][2] In 2016, she co-founded independent production company Mad Rabbit.[3] Her most recent project is The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, a television series for Marvel Studios.

Kari Skogland
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Years active1994–present



Skogland started as an editor.[4] Then she moved on to directing, starting with award-winning television commercials and music videos.[5] Then she became a director of television shows, beginning with an episode of 1994's Dead at 21 and five episodes of 1996's Traders.[6] Traders was nominated for several Geminis including Best Director, and won Best Series.[7]

Her first film, The Size of Watermelons, won the Silver Award at WorldFest Houston. Her CBC film White Lies was nominated for several Geminis and an International Emmy and won a Tout Ecran. She also directed 50 Dead Men Walking starring Sir Ben Kingsley, Jim Sturgess and Rose McGowan in March 2009.[8] She directed episodes of Boardwalk Empire, The Borgias and in 2014 the miniseries Sons of Liberty[9] and episodes of the History Channel's Vikings. In 2017 and 2018, she directed several memorable episodes of Hulu's original series, The Handmaid's Tale, including the Season 1 finale.[10] She described her process for directing the show as, "Communication, curiosity and being open to an outcome that is different from what I have planned."[11]

Skogland has spoken out about the glass ceiling for women directors in the film industry.[11] Speaking about the production of The Handmaid's Tale in 2018, she said, "People say they can’t find female directors, but the reason for that is there’s no access, no entry point. They don’t appear overnight—you have to create a space where they can grow and be discovered."[12]

In 2021, Skogland was announced as the new director for the upcoming Cleopatra biopic starring Gal Gadot, replacing Patty Jenkins who will still produce the film.[13] In November 2022, Skogland signed on to direct Wind River: The Next Chapter.[14]

Personal life


Born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Kari Skogland is married to film editor Jim Munro. They met circa 1979 when Skogland applied to be Munro's assistant, which led to Skogland getting the job and the two also starting a personal relationship. They have two daughters, MacKenzie and Aislin.[15][16]




Year Title Credited as Notes
Director Writer Producer
1996 The Size of Watermelons Yes No Yes
1997 Men with Guns Yes No No
1999 Children of the Corn 666: Isaac's Return Yes No No Direct-to-video
2000 I'll Wave Back No Yes No
2002 Liberty Stands Still Yes Yes No
2004 Chicks with Sticks Yes No No
2007 The Stone Angel Yes Yes Yes
2008 Fifty Dead Men Walking Yes Yes Yes
TBA Wind River: The Next Chapter Yes No No Post-production
TBA Cleopatra Yes No No Pre-production[13]



TV series

Year Title Credited as Notes
Director Executive
1994 Dead at 21 Yes No Episode: "Gone Daddy Gone"
1994–95 Catwalk Yes No 6 episodes
1995 Heritage Minutes Yes No 2 episodes
1996 Traders Yes No 5 episodes
1997 La Femme Nikita Yes No Episode: "Charity"
1998 Sins of the City Yes No Episode: "The Hurt Business"
1998 The Crow: Stairway to Heaven Yes No 2 episodes
2000 Family Law Yes No Episode: "The Witness"
2001–03 Queer as Folk Yes No 3 episodes
2004 The L Word Yes No Episode: "Listen Up"
2005 Terminal City Yes No 2 episodes
2009–12 The Listener Yes No 8 episodes
2009 Cra$h & Burn Yes No 2 episodes
2010 Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures Yes No 2 episodes
2010 Shattered Yes Yes Directed 2 episodes
2011 Being Erica Yes No Episode: "Being Ethan"
2011 Endgame Yes No Episode: "Polar Opposites"
2012 Boardwalk Empire Yes No Episode: "Blue Bell Boy"
2012–13 The Borgias Yes No 6 episodes
2013 The Killing Yes No Episode: "Seventeen"
2013 Under the Dome Yes No Episodes: "Outbreak", "The Endless Thirst"
2013 Longmire Yes No Episode: "A Good Death is Hard to Find"
2013 Copper Yes No Episode: "Beautiful Dreamer"
2014 Once Upon a Time in Wonderland Yes No Episode: "And They Lived..."
2014 Vikings Yes No 2 episodes
2014 Power Yes No 2 episodes
2015 Sons of Liberty Yes Co-executive Directed all 3 episodes
2015 Penny Dreadful Yes No Episode: "Memento Mori"
2015 Tyrant Yes No Episode: "The Other Brother"
2015 Fear the Walking Dead Yes No Episodes: "Not Fade Away", "Cobalt"
2015 The Bastard Executioner Yes No Episode: "Piss Profit / Proffidwyr Troeth"
2016 House of Cards Yes No Episode: "Chapter 50"
2016 The Americans Yes No Episode: "The Rat"
2016–17 The Walking Dead Yes No Episodes: "The Next World", "Hostiles and Calamities"
2017 The Punisher Yes No Episode: "Resupply"
2017–18 The Handmaid's Tale Yes No 5 episodes
2018 Condor Yes No 2 episodes
2019 NOS4A2 Yes Yes 2 episodes
2019 The Rook Yes No 2 episodes
2019 The Loudest Voice Yes Yes Directed 2 episodes[17]
2021 The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Yes Yes all 6 episodes
TBA Firebug Yes Yes Upcoming miniseries

TV movie

Year Title Credited as
Director Producer Writer
1998 Nothing Too Good for a Cowboy Yes No No
1998 White Lies Yes No No
2000 The Courage to Love Yes No No
2000 Nature Boy Yes Yes Yes
2001 Zebra Lounge Yes No No
2003 Riverworld Yes No No
2006 Banshee Yes No No
2006 Rapid Fire Yes No No


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