About Us


ELP President Kathleen Dowdey brings a wealth of experience and creativity to each project she takes on. Under her guidance, Early Light Productions is committed to an innovative approach, a collaborative process and capturing the drama of human moments. 

Kathleen launched her filmmaking career making independent documentaries, among them her theatrically released, A Celtic Trilogy. Moving into narrative filmmaking, she explored domestic violence in her independent feature, Blue Heaven, shown to critical acclaim at film festivals around the world. While producing for Turner Broadcasting Company, she won a Cable Ace Award for Larry King’s Night of Soviet Television, and her PBS special, Dawn’s Early Light, a biography of Southern newspaper editor Ralph McGill, garnered strong national reviews.

Drawn to interactive multimedia, Kathleen was a lead producer on the groundbreaking educational project, Columbus: Encounter, Discovery and Beyond, winner of a Gold CINDY Award. In themed entertainment her producer credits include installation-based media for the Taejon Science and Technology Expo in South Korea. As a television writer, director and producer Kathleen contributed to the success of Dr. Phil (CBS/Paramount), Life Moments (NBC), A Baby Story (The Learning Channel) and Going Home (Home and Garden Television). 

She is member of the Directors Guild of America, the Producers Guild of America, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the International Documentary Association.