Kathleen Slattery-Moschkau is a former drug rep turned critically acclaimed filmmaker.
After college, Kathleen spent a decade working for the pharmaceutical industry. During this time, she documented both amusing and frightening incidents about the marketing tactics of Big Pharma. In an effort to raise public awareness, Kathleen wrote a screenplay based on these experiences and left her career in the pharmaceutical industry.
When her LA agent wanted her to dumb down the script into a generic Hollywood story to make it more appealing to the studios, Kathleen decided to take a leap of faith and make the film herself. She raised the funding within a month, cast Katherine Heigl (Grey’s Anatomy and Knocked Up) as the lead, and filmed in less than 16 days in and around Madison, Wisconsin. The independent feature film Side Effects was Kathleen’s debut as a director and opened to unprecedented international press attention.
The questions posed by enthusiastic Side Effects audiences prompted Kathleen to take a more comprehensive, academic approach to the topic of pharmaceutical marketing tactics for her second film, Money Talks: Profits Before Patient Safety. Featuring interviews with investigative journalists and medical professionals from Harvard, Columbia and UCLA, the film is a straight-shooting documentary that delves deeper into the issues.
In 2006, Kathleen was selected by The MGH Institute of Health Professions, Inc. to produce, peRx: Prescribing Evidence-based Therapies, a continuing medical education documentary that is now being used by medical professionals throughout the United States.
Most recently Kathleen launched The Kathleen Show, a nationally syndicated talk radio show. The show is a continuation of her efforts to provide important information in an entertaining format.