Sarah Kernochan

Screenwriter, Director, Singer
A multi-talent, New York-born, Connecticut-bred Sarah Kernochan dropped out of college to pursue a writing career with the Village Voice. By her mid-20s and while still an active journalist, she co-produced and directed ... Read more »
Born: 12/30/1947 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Writer (7)

Learning to Drive 2015 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

What Lies Beneath 2000 (Movie)

(From Story)

All I Wanna Do 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Sommersby 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Impromptu 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Dancers 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

9 1/2 Weeks 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (3)

Thoth 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

All I Wanna Do 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Marjoe 1972 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (2)

Thoth 2000 (Movie)

(Producer)

Marjoe 1972 (Movie)

(Producer)
Music (1)

All I Wanna Do 1998 (Movie)

songs("Don't Play With My Heart" "Girlfriend for Life" "Starlight, Starbright" "The Hairy Bird") (Song)
Actor (1)

9 1/2 Weeks 1986 (Movie)

Gallery Guest (Actor)

Biography

A multi-talent, New York-born, Connecticut-bred Sarah Kernochan dropped out of college to pursue a writing career with the Village Voice. By her mid-20s and while still an active journalist, she co-produced and directed the fresh, penetrating Oscar-winning documentary "Marjoe" (1972), about the peripatetic evangelical work of preacher-turned-hippie actor Marjoe Gortner. Instead of using this success as a springboard for further films, Kernochan instead tried her hand as a recording artist for RCA with two solo albums of her own compositions, "House of Pain" (1973) and "Beat Around the Bush" (1974). Neither jump-started singer-songwriter's musical career so she returned to her writing career, penning the 1997 novel "Dry Hustle" and traveled extensively throughout the Middle East.

Relationships

John Kernochan

Father

Adelaide Kernochan

Mother

James Lapine

Husband
born January 10, 1949 married on February 24, 1985 directed and wrote libretto for Stephen Sondheim Broadway musicals, "Sunday in the Park With George" and "Into the Woods" made film directing debut with "Impromtu" (1991)

Phoebe Lapine

Daughter

EDUCATION

Rosemary Hall

Greenwich , Connecticut 1965
made several Super 8mm films which were exhibited at the end of the school year; classmates included actress Glenn Close

Sarah Lawrence College

Bronxville , New York 1966 - 1969
dropped out to accept a position with New York weekly Village Voice

Sarah Lawrence College

Bronxville , New York 1966 - 1969
dropped out to accept a position with New York weekly Village Voice

Milestones

2001

Directed the Oscar-winning documentary short "Thoth"

2000

With Clark Gregg (and working from an idea by Steven Spielberg), contributed the story for the supernatural thriller "What Lies Beneath"

1998

Feature directorial debut. "The Hairy Bird/Strike"; also scripted and penned songs; loosely based on her years in an all-girls school; received limited theatrical release by Miramax before its video release; rights repurchased by Redeemable Features, reti

1993

Contributed to the screenplay of "Sommersby", an American retelling of "The Return of Martin Guerre" which moved the story to the post-Civil War era

1991

Scripted "Impromptu" about the salon of author George Sand; film directed by husband James Lapine

1987

First solo screenplay, "Dancers"

1986

Co-wrote (with Patricia Louisiana Knop and Zalman King) screenplay for "9 1/2 Weeks"; also appeared briefly in one scene

1983

Composed score for "Sleeparound Town", staged at Playwrights Horizon in NYC

1977

Published the novel "Dry Hustle"

1973

Made two records of her own songs for RCA

1972

Co-produced and directed documentary film, "Marjoe", while working as a journalist; won Academy Award for Best Feature Documentary

While in high school, made Super 8mm films

Left college to write for Village Voice in NYC

Raised in Connecticut

Bonus Trivia

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In the press notes for "All I Wanna Do", Kernochan says that part of her "personal mission is to change the landscape of women's roles. If there are good ones they are often too skimpy. Part of that is because men in the industry generally feel that strong female characters are somehow robbing their territory."

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