Catherine M. (Katy) Kavanaugh
Freie Universität Berlin- DAAD – Stanford University Fellowship
Collected qualitative evidence of the Potential Impact of International Film on Childhood Autobiographical Memory in collaboration with the Berlin Film Festival's Generation section.
Study for screen and publication in progress. findingfelixproject.blogspot.com
Technische Universität Berlin
Dept. Human - Computer Interaction
Design for the Greater Habitability of Space with Prof. Irene Schlacht
Enhancing aerospace research through the understanding and design of astronauts' working conditions and environments.
M.Ed: Learning, Design and Technology / Hasso Plattner Institute of Design: Boot Camp, Cross Cultural Design, K-12 Lab, d. Media Design Lab; Internship with the d.school and the San Mateo School District: Sixth graders researched, requested, and presented age-appropriate international films in a film festival for their peers.
San Francisco State University
Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education/Dance, Holistic Health Studies minor;
Cal State Study of Theater, London, with Prof. Sam Elkin
Guest Lecturer, Design Thinking, VisWise, NY - Design Thinking 4.2022 - 7.2022
Producer/Director tandem coaching, remotely with First High School Konopnicka, Sulwalki, PL and in-person with USC students. Resulting in WATCH. LEARN. TOGETHER prototype film stories created and shared synchronously in PL and US. April - June 2022
Guest Lecturer, Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California, 10.2021
Keynote Speaker, Design Thinking for Production, EastWest Co-Production Market at Cottbuss, DE Film Festival, 10 2020
Guest Lecturer, US Embassy, Slovenia - Delivered advanced workshop to Educators, NGO and gov’t staff. 2018
Director, "TND" 9.2018 - 2020
Capturing the 30-year new tradition in Thursday Night Dinner for archival and artistic purposes.
Project of the Austin-Kahle Foundation, San Francisco
Guest Lecturer, Foundation Trampas and American Embassy, Lbuljana, Slovenia 2.2017
Presented Design Thinking at the Srednja Ekonomska Sola Ljubjana, Roska Cesta
Guest Lecturer, Almaty Management University, Almaty, Kazakhstan 4 - 7. 2016
Created curriculum for two and three day Design Thinking workshops for professionals in Almaty and Aktau, Kazakhstan and Cholpan-Ata, Kyrgistan. Advised on conditions for innovation at the V Innovation Forum in Almaty.
d.Tech High School, Intercession Instructor 1 - 2. 2016
Presented original filmmaking curriculum employing user-centered design in two-week sessions, low resolution to high resolution in collaboration with Lightgrid Studios, San Carlos.
Consultant, Presenter 10-11.2015
On contract with the Silicon Valley Innovation Center, I designed curriculum and delivered introduction to Design Thinking to high school teachers at the Nazarbayev Intellectual School, Astana, Kazakhstan.
Presented Design Thinking to Berlin Brandenberg International School Administrators, Faculty and Students
Design Thinking Expert and Mentor - Design Thinking Week Poland 9 - 10.2014
The Top 500 Innovators of Poland, Creative Cracow and regional partners sparked a week-long innovation intervention with Design Thinking in thirteen cities in Poland. I had the honor to serve as Design Thinking expert and mentor in four of the cities - giving keynote and closing talks, workshops and mentoring change-makers in Industry, Bioengineering, Urban Planning, Civic Engagement, and Education.
Instructor, Galileo Learning 6 - 9. 2014, 2015
Presented introductions to Filmmaking and Photography to Gr. 5-8 using DSLR cameras, iMovie, Photoshop.
Provided Design Thinking through Galileo Learning’s narrative curriculum in one-week workshops for K-5.
The rich learning environment not only includes coaching K-8 makers but also interns and assistant teachers.
Participant, University of Potsdam Start-up Navigator Start-up Incubator 2012 - 2013
Hasso Plattner Institute, School of Design Thinking, Potsdam, Germany 10.2011-10.2012
Along with a steering committee of notable Design professionals worldwide, I initiated concept and production, managed relationships and served as Stanford liaison for the first d.confestival conference .
Hasso Plattner Institute, School of Design Thinking, Potsdam, Germany 4.2011-9.2012
Coached the Design Thinking innovation method for graduate level students in basic and advanced tracks
as well as professional workshops with the SAP company.
Coaching Team, Fellows Workshop
Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, Stanford University (d.school) 9.2011
Coached mid-career professionals from four Stanford Fellowship programs through an intensive introduction to Design Thinking.
Internship, Bayside STEM Academy, San Mateo-Foster City School District 2009-2010
Developed and directed a Design Thinking approach within the production of a film festival for peers. 6th graders researched, requested and presented international films for their peers at school and patients at the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital.
Project Associate, Mobile Digital Arts/Pearson Foundation
Assisted Mobile Digital Arts and the Pearson Foundation in partnership with Nokia in the delivery of their Digital Storytelling workshop at San Luis Coastal Unified School District. 3.2005
Lead, Catapult Productions/Artistic Director, Screen 360: Films for Children of the World / Screen360.tv 2000 - present
Since 2000, I direct a sole-proprietorship film production company which produces works for screen and curates film exhibition projects with an international scope.
Film Festival Curation and Production 1990 - 2008
Co-founded the Children’s Filmfest at the Mill Valley Film Festival along with preliminary programs under director Mark Fishkin. This included curation of film programs from international and national sources as well as developing events enhancing the learning in the films. Coordinated the U.S. most established children’s film festival, the Chicago Children’s International Film Festival, under director Elizabeth Sheppard. Promoted the late Robert Donn, veteran SFUSD educator, to develop the Schools at the Festival Program at the San Francisco International under Peter Scarlet and Laura Thielen, Served internationally on selection and award juries, which included establishing youth voices on the two selection panels for young audiences at the SFIFF .
Developed and coordinated in-kind donors, staff and space design for the San Francisco International Film Festival and The Mill Valley Film Festival from 1991 – 1999. Modernized the volunteer program and its regard as in-kind donors. Engaged the greater SF Arts community in the festival through programming installation, exhibitions and performance as Hospitality Suite Designer.
THURSDAY NIGHT DINNER (27:00, US 2020) Writer, Producer, Director, co-Editor with Eric Peltier
FINDING FELIX, documentary, in post-production in Berlin, Germany
SYNERGY (14:00, US, 2007), documentary, writer/co-director/co-producer
Promotional, Child and Adolescent Residency Program Children’s Center at UCSF Medical Center, 2006-2009
FLIEGEN (20:00, US/Germany, 2005) Writer, Producer, Director
WHAT DOES YOUR FILM TASTE LIKE? (18:00, Germany, 2004) Writer, Director, Co-Editor
For the Berlinale Talent Campus Documentation, sections shown throughout the festival week
ONE MINUTE EGG (1:00, US, 2003) writer, director, camera
PHYSIOLOGY OF FAMILIARITY (5:00 USA, 2002) Writer, Director, Choreographer, Editor
Premiere University of Wisconsin,Madison, Helen H’Doubler Theater, June 2002
EGG (29:00 USA, 2000), Director, Producer, Interviewer, Editor.
Premiere, unofficial program at the San Francisco Film Festival, Easter 2000
Performer/Choreographer, various companies, San Francisco, NY 1990-2004
Dance for the Camera with Doug Rosenberg, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Eight public and private murals, installations in San Francisco, Berkeley, Portland, and
Sydney, Australia 1994-2004
Dance articles published in Dance Magazine, for CitySearch.com,
Research and publication for The John Butler Foundation at NYC Jerome Robbins Library of Performing Arts
Film notes and text for the program guides of The San Francisco International Film Festival, The Mill Valley Film Festival, The Chicago Children's International Film Festival.
Proficient in FinalCut Pro, MSWord, Powerpoint/Keynote, Filemaker; Photoshop;
Familiar with GarageBand, Soundtrack, DVD StudioPro, Excel, HTML, ObjectiveC.
Stanford Peace Innovation Lab, Berlin branch 2013-2014
Member, The Impronauts, improvisational theater company, Berlin, Germany 2012-2013
International Jury, Ale Kino! Film Festival, Poznan, Poland 2013
Djerrassi Artists’ Residency, Selection Panel, June 2008
International Jury, Olympia Festival for Children and Youth, Greece 2005
Inaugural Berlinale Talent Campus 2003, “Making Of” Team, 2004 (produced "What Does Your Film Taste Like?")
President, Int’l Juries 2001: Berlinale Kinderfilmfest and Int’l Fest for Children and Youth in Zlin, CZ
Panel Chair Youthworks category, Golden Gate Awards 1996 – 2006
Member, Advisory Board, JustThink; Board Member, San Francisco Stage and Film;
Things that endlessly make me smile
Films, food and conversation; finding a groove with a multi-gen group; open water swimming; riding a bicycle anywhere in the world; feeling music; empty hardwood floors; language concepts with no English translation.