Sarah Kernochan (born December 30, 1947) is a documentarian, film director, screenwriter and producer from the United States.

After graduating from Rosemary Hall in Connecticut, she dropped out of Sarah Lawrence College to take a job writing for The Village Voice. After quitting that job, she became interested in film and quickly gained national prominence in the United States as co-director and co-producer of the 1972 film
Marjoe (about evangelist Marjoe Gortner), which won an Academy Award for Documentary Feature.

During the next two years, she released two albums on RCA Records as a singer-songwriter,
House of Pain and Beat Around the Bush

In 1977 Kernochan's novel
Dry Hustle was published. It was reprinted as an ebook in 2010.

Kernochan's first screen credit as a screenwriter came with the 1986 film 9 1/2 Weeks.

By the time she was brought in to work on the 1993 film
Sommersby with Jodie Foster she had become known for creating strong female characters. She commented in an interview with Salon.com, "I think people know that there's no point in calling me in if you want the other kind of women characters: a featureless "help me" character, or the saint, the whore - you know, any of the skin-deep stereotypes. I don't think all women are powerful, intelligent, any of those things. I just require that female characters be very real, that they have all the dimensions that the male characters do."

Since then, she has been primarily a screenwriter. She -
· wrote
Dancers
· wrote
Impromptu (1991), the debut film directed by her husband James Lapine
with a script she characterized as "maybe the best thing that I will ever do"
· co-wrote the screenplay for
Sommersby (1993)
· wrote and directed
The Hairy Bird
· co-wrote the story for
What Lies Beneath (2000)
· directed
Thoth (2002)

Her second documentary,
Thoth, also won an Academy Award in 2002,
this time for Best Documentary Short Subject.

Kernochan is married to director James Lapine. The couple's daughter is food writer Phoebe Lapine.