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  • Long Island City, NY, 11101
  • United States

LAB presents Works-in-Progress with Queens World Film Festival, a screening of new works in progress featuring an artist talk and Q&A for community feedback hosted by QWFF Artistic Director and Filmmaker Don Cato and QWFF Executive Director Katha Cato.

Filmmaking is a collaborative artform, with multiple departments working together in support of the central vision, the script, and the story. Pre-production is exciting as the company builds toward the shooting schedule. Production is even more exciting as a group of artists pour everything into bringing the elements together-- sometimes for a concentrated shoot schedule or they meet regularly around countless other commitments. Often after production, the editor- who might also be the writer/director- works alone to shape the film. When there is finally a screening it might be the first time the filmmaker has seen the work on a screen larger than a laptop.

The Queens World Film Festival and Queens Council on the Arts will provide the opportunity for filmmakers to screen 3-7 minutes of works-in-progress followed by a facilitated feedback session with other filmmakers and film professionals. Join us as we look at and talk about the screened works and discuss what is next on the horizon for independent filmmakers. 




Katha Cato earned a BA from California Polytechnic University in Pomona, an MFA from the University of Oregon and is a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Business Executive Education Program. In the 80’s, she moved to New York with her theatre company ‘Forplay Improvised Theatre’ and pioneered the Improvisational Herald format (the long form) into the NY Improv Comedy scene. Katha won a MAC Award (Manhattan Association of Cabarets) for Best Comedy, and two Backstage Magazine Bistro Awards for Best Director and Best Comedy and the NY Post’s Bill Ervolino named her one of the year’s Most Exciting Improvisers. For many years Katha served as the Director of After-School and Camp Services at the historic Henry Street Settlement. During her tenure she was recognized by NY State Education for exemplary After-School Programming and she received the 2014 PASEsetter Award for her years of leadership in the field. Katha has spent over thirty years developing youth and bringing people together via theatre arts, film and video. 

Don Cato is an experimental and feature film maker with a strong academic background, a BS and BLA in Landscape Architecture from Michigan State and an MLA from the University of Oregon where he also studied extensively in the department of Motion Graphics. His films have screened at an international and eclectic group of venues and festivals: Anthology Film Archives, National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Lincoln Center, the Dylan Thomas Center in Wales (Best Feature for Be My Oswald in 2006), RealHeART Toronto Film Festival (Best in Venue for Be My Oswald in 2007) and Everglades Film Festival, South Africa. He was the Director of the Eugene Filmmakers Cinematique for 4 years while he distributed films from China and in 1978 he was one of the first western filmmakers allowed into China to create an immersion documentary: China: Behind Silk Curtains. Dixie Lanes, a feature film starring Karen Black, Hoyt Axton & Moses Gunn released in over 40 countries in 1989, is now a Turner Classic Movie. Most recently, in 2013 the short My Kansas which he co-directed and co-produced had a respectable festival run with wins for directing. My Day on which he was the Director of Cinematography, Editor, Sound Designer & Co-Producer brought home several Best Actress awards for Judith Roberts & several Best Short awards in both 2013 and 2014. Currently Don teaches at the New York Digital Film Academy and the Buckley School for Boys and under his guidance, over 20 student driven short films are produced each year. 



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