Karen Cantrell-Palmer, Pro­duc­er

Karen’s busi­ness career spanned from 1980 – 2005, where she excelled in the film and tele­vi­sion indus­try, start­ing with 1986-Show­time Net­works & 1996-Sun­dance Chan­nel.

In 1996, in part­ner­ship with Robert Redford’s Sun­dance and Show­time Net­works, Karen was a vital part of a man­age­ment team that intro­duced Sun­dance Chan­nel to the US mar­ket via cable and satel­lite dis­tri­b­u­tion medi­ums. She was respon­si­ble for the man­age­ment, mar­ket­ing and dis­tri­b­u­tion of pro­gram­ming, which led to 10 years of par­tic­i­pa­tion with the Sun­dance Film Fes­ti­val. Her first­hand under­stand­ing and appre­ci­a­tion of the pow­er of film and the art of sto­ry­telling and doc­u­men­tary film, has influ­enced her life’s pur­pose and achieve­ments. Karen retired from Sun­dance in 2006.

Karen is also an avid, award-win­ning and world-class sail­boat rac­er. She loves cruis­ing the waters of the inside pas­sage from San Juan to Alas­ka. Her pas­sion for sail­ing moti­vat­ed Karen and her hus­band Nor­ris to move to San Juan Island, WA with their boats in 2006 as the small, mag­i­cal island was only acces­si­ble by fer­ry, boat or plane, adding to its appeal.

In 2013, Karen joined Lynn Dana­her, Direc­tor, whose vision was to cre­ate a doc­u­men­tary film fes­ti­val that would share com­pelling sto­ries about human­i­tar­i­an efforts, envi­ron­men­tal issues, social con­cerns, and dar­ing explo­rations. Togeth­er, they intro­duced the first annu­al Fri­day Har­bor Film Fes­ti­val, Octo­ber, 2013 “Be The Change” and now the fes­ti­val occurs annu­al­ly the 1st week­end in Novem­ber. To date, the FHFF cel­e­brates film­mak­ers and show­cas­es doc­u­men­tary films with com­pelling sto­ries of the Pacif­ic Rim and Beyond. The ulti­mate goal is to ENTERTAIN*INSPIRE*ENLIGHTEN peo­ple through doc­u­men­tary film.