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NY Emmy® Nomination Announcement

Be My Oswald

Meet The Filmmaker: Don & Katha Cato

Friday, April 13, 2007

Location: NY Chapter office: 1375 Broadway (between 37th & 38th) Suite 2103

Reception: 6:30 - 7:00 PM ~ Program: 7:00 - 8:30 PM

*Free to Members! $15 for those without current membership

RESERVATION REQUIRED due to LIMITED SEATING.

Please Call 212-459-3630 ext. 200 or via EMAIL kjensen@nyemmys.org

Don & Katha Cato will show their film, "Be My Oswald"

Be 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 New York City. 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 UK.

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 ...

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 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
.

Full Description
Organizer Katherine Jensen

When?

Fri, April 13, 2007
1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Eastern

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Where?

NY NATAS
1375 Broadway, Suite 2103