Kathi is an actress and a filmmaker. Her most recent project, Worth, which she wrote, directed, produced and starred in, screened at 31 festivals worldwide and won 31 awards. Inspired by the poem The Touch of the Master's Hand, the film tells the story of a non-descript violin that shows up at an upscale auction and seems wildly out of place. But who decides what something or someone is really worth? The answer may surprise you.
As a director, Kathi gravitates toward telling compelling, relationship-driven stories that are thought-provoking and multi-layered. Reflections of a Life, her industry debut as writer/director/producer, screened at over 25 film festivals worldwide, won numerous awards and received an unusual amount of media attention for a short film. Co-starring Linda Gray and Carey, the film is an intimate portrait of a woman's life and her experience with breast cancer. This narrative short film chooses an experimental approach that confines the story to a single location, as well as positioning the camera in one fixed spot, all with the intent to maximize the emotion and intimacy the audience feels. Due to unprecedented demand, she has expanded the story and is currently packaging this project as a feature entitled One in Nine.
Kathi was a child prodigy in music, playing classical piano at concerts and recitals all throughout her childhood and young adulthood in the San Francisco Bay Area. Even though music has always been a vital and important part of her life, little did she know that once she picked up her father's 8mm camera the die was cast for her future -- she had found her passion. Los Angeles beckoned and soon after Kathi arrived she began working in independent films as an actress. It wasn't long before she became fascinated with the elements that went into the creation of these films/projects. This led her to a very unusual and experimental "mentoring" program where she learned writing, directing and producing by working directly with an experienced filmmaker.
Kathi is currently directing and producing (and occasionally hosting) the web series Casting Qs (executive produced by Bonnie Gillespie) a project the two developed as a "live" version of Bonnie's book by the same name. The show consists of a series of in-depth interviews with well-known casting directors about their work and what brought them to that career. Additionally, Kathi is in post-production on a web series entitled Mom and Me which she wrote, produced, directed and co-starred in with Mews Small (from One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest) and she has several other web series, features and TV series in development.