Katha Cato will show their film, "Be My Oswald"
My Oswald examines the
extremes we employ to protect any cultural myth and how hard we work to continue
its shady existence, no matter what the cost. It is the story of a militant
vegetarian and her conspiracy to assassinate Santa but the story unfolds through
the experience of an attractive naïve rebellious socialite who has answered a
blind newspaper ad believing it to be a pro-active social cause. Once losing her
innocence and discovering the reality of her plight: to assassinate Santa Claus
as he makes his grand entrance in the Thanksgiving Day Parade, a life or death
struggle ensues over what appears to be a ridiculous notion because, of course,
Santa doesn’t exist; yet, is a deadly treacherous notion since Santa is a deeply
rooted, sacred American myth and a fundamental element of our economic system.
Self-financed, Be My Oswald has
been steady work since 1998. The Producers, Don & Katha Cato, maintained day
jobs, got their kids through college and somehow remained mostly happily married
while they managed the production, shot entirely on location in
Over the course of the production, media technology changed dramatically as did
the world we all live in. However as the chip-away method continued, one shot,
one edit at a time, all deals were honored while the production adapted and the
work completed. Be My Oswald has
enjoyed very positive audience and critical response: “striking, subversive and
sublime”; “undeniably strong, clever and unpredictable”; and “a very intimate
drama with brilliant moments of twisted humor”…QIFF and “seductively
entertaining and relevant…nerve wracking”…Jordan Hunter Indieville.net. The film
has been selected for several festivals winning BEST DRAMA at the 4th Annual
Queens International Film Festival, BEST FEATURE, The Founders Choice Award, at
the NY Int’l Independent Film & Video Festival and was selected by The
Anthology Film Archives NewFilmMakers Series 2006 and Be My Oswald was just selected for the
Swansea, Wales, Film Festival, the largest film event in the
Speaker Don & Katha Cato
Filmmakers Don Cato, writer, producer, director, and former Landscape Architect, was born and raised on a fruit farm in Fredonia, New York. He earned several degrees from Michigan State, his MLA from the University of Oregon and studied at The Orson Wells Film Schools in Cambridge, MA. Don has made ...
Don Cato, writer, producer, director, and former Landscape Architect, was born and raised on a fruit farm in Fredonia, New York. He earned several degrees from Michigan State, his MLA from the University of Oregon and studied at The Orson Wells Film Schools in Cambridge, MA. Don has made over 35 films. His first short, Pipeline Patrol, won a silver medal at Cannes, a National Film Board of Canada selection at Stratford Ontario Film Festival, a Tokyo Film Festival Selection, a First Prize-Honorable Mention from American Society of Animators-East(NY) and toured with the Ann Arbor Midnight Trip. His Skinners’ Beaut, a bi-centennial film for the City of Eugene, Oregon was screened by the World Futures Society as a tribute to Margaret Mead at the Chautauqua Institute, Chautauqua, New York. At the Lazlo Kovacs workshop in Camden, Maine, Cato won the ‘Most Electricity Award’. He packaged and directed his first feature, Dixie Lanes, with Karen Black, Hoyt Axton, Tina Louise and Nina Foch released in 1987 by SC Entertainment. Don has produced most of his own films including China Dawning, Behind Silk Curtains, an award winning 1978 documentary on The People’s Republic of China. He also co-founded Garbargio’s, the counties first consumer owned, source separating recycling & garbage company. Don currently teaches at The Digital Film Academy.
Katha Cato, producer, actor, was born in Yuma, Arizona, grew up on a cattle ranch in the Imperial Valley, California where she was a Champion Equestrian. She earned a BA from Cal-Poly and a MFA in Theatre from the University of Oregon, moved to New York with her theatre company Forplay Improvised Theatre and pioneered the Improvisational Herald format into mainstream comedy scene. She won a Backstage Magazine Bistro Award for ‘Best Director’, a Manhattan Association of Cabarets [MAC] award for ‘Outstanding Comedy’, and was named New York’s ‘Most Exciting Improviser’ by the New York Post. Currently, she is the Director of After-School Services for Henry Street Settlement, directing after-school sites with over 700 youngsters daily with arts, technology and youth development programming for the Lower East Side.