Death Row Stories explores the fallibility of the ultimate criminal penalty, capital punishment. Told by current and former death row inmates, each episode of Death Row Stories seeks to unravel the truth behind a different capital murder case and poses tough questions about the U.S. capital punishment system. Sundays at 8pm, ET/PT on HLN. My episode “Body of Evidence” premieres June 30.
I directed two episodes of the series for Jigsaw Productions. This was my first foray into the true crime genre, which I’ve been following as a growing phenomenon over the past few years. Studies show that women consume the most media about true crime. There are many theories about why: whether it’s escapism or it’s a way to interact with our worst fears, many people are looking for reasons to why bad things happen. Death Row Stories premiered in 2014, and has since been at the forefront of true crime’s popularity exploring capital punishment in a way that’s more palatable for people who might not think they’re interested in social justice issues.
On the set of “Death Row Stories” for CNN.
Samin Nosrat accepts the James Beard Media Award for “Best Television Program on Location” on behalf of the Salt Fat Acid Heat team. April 2019.
We won a James Beard Media Award for Salt Fat Acid Heat, our four-part documentary series on Netflix! Coming from the food community means a lot.
I am thrilled, honored, humbled, and happy for everyone who gave so much of themselves to make this beautiful show.
Thank you for watching, and thank you for loving it as much as we do!
UPDATE: Thank you to everyone who came out last month to hear Annetta Marion and me talk about show running and directing. We had a blast sharing our stories with you. Thank you New York Women in Film and Television for supporting women calling the shots! Special thanks to Roz Murphy and Duana Butler for organizing the event at such a lovely space.
KOK and Annetta Marion, October 25, 2018. Photo: Katrina Medoff
This Thursday, October 25, I’ll be speaking with my friend and colleague Annetta Marion about directing and show running for nonfiction television. For more information, see below. It’s nearly sold out!
This intimate conversation between director/showrunner Annetta Marion and director/producer Kathryn O’Kane will highlight the unique roles and creative inspirations of directors and showrunners who bring stories to life on screen. The discussion will give a behind the scenes look at the craft of filmmaking, explore culture and creativity in their body of work, as well as allow these producers to share their passions for the work, both on and off the screen. Read More
Special thank you to everyone who is watching! We are thrilled with the amount of positive press. Here is a small sampling which I am continuing to update… Read More
Becoming the Showrunner of a Netflix Food Series
Host Samin Nosrat and DP Luke McCoubrey. Liguria, Italy. 2018.
When I was 13 years old, part of my allowance came from preparing dinner for the family once a week. This corresponded to my mother returning to work that same year, so it helped her to have a night off. I loved it, in part because it meant that I didn’t have to do the dishes, a loathsome duty for the rest of the week. That summer I also had a steady babysitting gig. The oppressiveness of Tidewater heat and humidity made it impossible to stay outside for very long, so the kid and I were often cooped up indoors with the AC on and the shades drawn. But the mother had a stack of Southern Living magazines filled with beautiful photos of recipes both traditional and fancy. From those each week I’d develop the menu and add ingredients to my father’s grocery list, which he bought without question. My mother remembers the first dinner – meatloaf roulade with a swirl of broccoli and cheese. Armed with Jacques Pepin’s step-by-step illustrated cookbook, La Technique, I tried my hand at choux pastry, and voilà, my first cream puff swans were born.
This summer Mellini Kantanyya and I returned to #SummerHours, a series about fun books, movies, and television shows by or about women. The series is running all summer long on the New York Women in Film and Television blog. Below are excerpts of my book picks, which are memoirs of NYWIFT Muse honorees. You can click on the links to read the full postings. Be sure to check out Mellini’s picks in her category “BingeWatch-Worthy Comedy Picks.”
Through a Different Lens: Stanley Kubrick Photographs
Stanley Kubrick for Look magazine, Rosemary Williams, Show Girl [Kubrick photographing Rosemary Williams], 1949 ©SK Film Archives/Museum of the City of New York
I have been a fan of Stanley Kubrick for nearly as long as I have been a fan of movies. Dr Strangelove, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and The Shining top the list for me in that I can watch them over and over and find some new delight in his dispassionate storytelling, dramatic soundtracks, and the aggressive symmetry of his composition.
Photo Credit: Getty Images for Turner / Monica Schipper
Earlier this month I attended the TBS-sponsored panel “Women on Top,” a discussion of how comedy is emerging as a power for change and how specifically Full Frontal with Samantha Bee is channeling this power. Samantha Bee has managed to harness a rage that many women and men feel about current events, a perspective that women traditionally have not been allowed voice publicly. Bee said, “Women have always been told that rational thought is the most important – not emotional intelligence. Full Frontal pierces that and feels intimate and real.”