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
Director of Film Arts, Tippet Rise Art Center, Fishtail, Montana
Assistant Teaching Professor, Montana State University
Founding Director, Center for the Communication of Science, Montana State University
Kathy Kasic is a director, cinematographer and editor. She is the Director of Film Arts at Tippet Rise Art Center (http://tippetrise.org), an 11,000-acre performance and land-art sculpture space in Montana. There she directs art films, documentaries and performance videos and oversees the film internship program. Kathy is also a faculty member at Montana State University, teaching cinematography and science and natural history filmmaking. Within the film department at MSU she has taught advanced cinematography, graduate documentary production, undergraduate documentary production, senior fiction production, production management and intro to film aesthetics with an emphasis on fiction production. Before becoming a filmmaker, Kathy was a biologist and researched the nocturnal behavior of a frog species found in the Amazon, work that was highlighted as an article in Nature and The New York Times. Over the course of her career she has worked on non-traditional and traditional documentary projects, lyrical films, installations and live cinema performances. Kathy's core practice is on the development of conceptual documentary and experimental films that emphasize an engagement with the senses. Kathy's work has exhibited internationally through festivals, museums, galleries and broadcast television on National Geographic, BBC, PBS, History Channel, CBS and Discovery Channel. Her installation, Enter the Wind, won two awards at the 2014 UFVA conference, was nominated for Best Experimental Film at the Wimbledon International Short Film Festival and is currently exhibiting at art galleries. Her film, The Fishman, received over 6 million viewers on BBC and was produced for the BBC as part of the award winning 3-part series on the Yellowstone Ecosystem. The Fishman won an award for Human-Wildlife interactions at the International Wildlife Film Festival, was nominated for two awards at the Banff Mountain Film Festival, screened at Telluride Mountain Film Festival three times and won a nomination at Wildscreen International Film Festival. Kathy's film Against the Current won Best of Festival at the Great Falls Fly Fishing Festival and won two Tellies. The BBC series, Yellowstone, the series which Kathy worked on as an Assistant Producer for three years, gathered numerous accolades including a BAFTA and two Emmy nominations. It was BBC2's highest-rated natural history documentary in over five years with audiences peaking at over six million. Kathy has recently completed an independent feature length documentary called Loose Horses (2016), about horses that are sold for horsemeat at a livestock auction and is currently working on a series of poetic films through Tippet Rise Art Center. Kathy holds an M.A. in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior and an M.F.A in Science and Natural History Filmmaking.