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Catharine Axley

Catharine Axley

Documentary Film and Video

About

Catharine Axley is an emerging filmmaker whose films have received recognition at festivals across the country including DOC NYC,  the United Nations Association Film Festival, Mill Valley Film Festival, Real to Reel International Film Festival, and the Harlem International Film Festival. Axley was Associate Producer-Line Producer-Assistant Editor on Morgenthau, which aired on WNET/Channel 13 in 2014. She is currently finishing her final year in the MFA Documentary Film & Video program at Stanford University.

Her short, Counting the Dead, was selected as a Regional Finalist for the 2014 Student Academy Awards. Axley received a BA in History and Ethnicity, Race & Migration from Yale University and lives in the Bay Area.

 

SCHOLARSHIPS AND GRANTS:

Student Production Grant, The Caucus Foundation for Producers, Writers & Directors, Spring 2015
The Breitrose Awards by The Enersen Foundation, 2015


In Attla's Tracks 

HD Video

JUNE, 2015
VIDEO DURATION: 22:30 MIN.

An aging legendary Alaska Native dogsled champion trains his grand-nephew to carry on a century-old village tradition and compete in the world’s largest dogsled sprint race.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Bay Area Short - Second Prize Winner, Golden Gate Award, San Francisco International Film Festival, 2016
Nominee, David L. Wolper Student Documentary Award, 2015
The Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors Foundation Award, 2015
 59th San Francisco International Film Festival, 2016


In Port 

image from the film In Port by Catharine Axley

hd video

JUNE, 2014
VIDEO DURATION: 10:43 MIN.

With a few hours leave from their container ships, seafarers from around the world reflect on their lives at sea and away from home

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Jury's Citation Award - 2nd Prize, Black Maria Film Festival, 2015
NewFilmmakers New York, 2014
Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival, 2014


Balancing Act 

image from the film Balancing Act by Catharine Axley and Kristine Stolakis

hd video

Co-directed by Kristine Stolakis
MARCH, 2014
VIDEO DURATION: 7:32 MIN.

A circus artist brings to life a forgotten history of African American performance.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Nomination, Best Local Short, San Francisco International Black Film Festival, 2015
Streaming via. The Atlantic, 2015
SF DocFest, 2015
Harlem International Film Festival, 2014

Counting the Dead 

image from the film Counting the Dead by Catharine Axley

16mm black and white film

DECEMBER, 2013
VIDEO DURATION: 6:53 MIN.
A former city librarian's 50 year-long quest to account for the names of those who died in the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Regional Finalist, Documentary Category, Student Academy Award, 2014
Director's Choice Award - 3rd Prize, Black Maria Film Festival, 2015
Audience Choice for Documentary Short Form, International Film Festival of the Cinematic Arts, 2014
Editor's Pick: The Atlantic VIDEO, 2016
DOC NYC, 2014
Mill Valley Film Festival, 2014
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, 2014
United Nations Association Film Festival, 2014
BendFilm Festival, 2014
Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival, 2014
Real to Reel International Film Festival, 2014
Dam Short Film Festival, 2014
Bay Area Student Showcase at the Pacific Film Archive, 2014
San Francisco Public Library Screening, 2014

 

Events

June 13, 2015

free and open to the public

Annenberg Auditorium
June 12, 2014

Free and open to the public.

Annenberg Auditorium
March 18, 2014

Free and open to the public.

Annenberg Auditorium
December 10, 2013

Free and open to the public

Annenberg Auditorium, Cummings Art Building

Related News

Sep 26 2014
The Department of Art & Art History is pleased to announce that nine students and alumni of the Documentary Film & Video Program will present their documentary films...