Assistant Professor, California State University
Film Director and Cinematographer, Metamorph Films, LLC
MFA, Science and Natural History Filmmaking, Montana State University
MA, Evolution, Ecology and Behavior, The University of Texas
BS, Integrative Biology, The University of Texas
Kathy Kasic is a director, a cinematographer and an Assistant Professor at California State University in Sacramento. She has shown her work at international festivals, museums, galleries and broadcast on television, including BBC, Discovery, PBS and National Geographic. Prior to working at CSUS, she taught film production for six years at Montana State University and was the founding director of the Center for the Communication of Science. Kathy’s artistic vision and passion for adventure have brought her to film off the bow of a ship, underwater in free-flowing mountain rivers, and soon to an unexplored subglacial lake in Antarctica. Until recently, Kathy was the Director of Film Arts with Tippet Rise Art Center, a world-renowned 10,000-acre venue for large-scale sculpture and classical music, where she directed over 80 short films. Many years before that, and before the world of filmmaking transfixed her, Kathy was a biologist who recorded the vocalizations of a small nocturnal frog found only in the Amazon. Her core artistic practice is on the development of conceptual films that emphasize an engagement with the senses. She believes that filmmaking is a way to give voice to what is not voiced, to see and hear more deeply, to draw out unexplained perspectives, and to foster compassion across cultures.
"The first rule of the documentary filmmaker is, have the patience to observe life. If you are observant, if you look not only with your eyes but also with your heart, then life for sure will present you with some particular discovery. And then the reality recorded by you will gain an artistic point of view, become inline with art and always excite people. The facts and events will become old, they become history, but the feelings we felt regarding those events stay with us. Therefore, art is the only living bridge between people of various generations and time periods."