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Current Projects

Finding Felix or The Potential Impact of Foreign Films on Childhood Autobiographical Memory

What's your earliest memory of a foreign film? A fellowship from Stanford University and The Freie Universität- Berlin allowed Katy to return to the Berlin Film Festival's 36 year-old Generation (formerly Kinderfilmfest) to collect evidence of the directive capacity foreign films seen in childhood can have toward shaping the breadth of a person's view of the world and the decisions they make. This investigation focuses on one eleven year-old film festival-goer whom Kavanaugh met while serving on the Kinderfilmfest's international jury in 2001. Ten years later, Kavanaugh wants to know how a childhood full of international films influenced Felix's life so far. www.findingfelixproject.blogspot.com
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Screen360: Films for Children of the World now Screen360.tv
While at school at Stanford, Screen360 tested its new wings as Screen360.tv, as a festival curated for their peers by a team of Bay Area 11 year-olds and shown at Stanford d.school, Bayside Middle School with Felix Gönnert fielding questions about his film, APOLLO, from Berlin. Throughout the week, patients at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital got to see the films on closed-circuit TV and respond through writing.

Screen360.tv is gaining more innovation in Berlin. Stay tuned for updates.

Status: Many thanks to project partner Ricardo Flores, LDT 2010. Here's our project: www.mricardo.com/screen360
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Learning, Design and Technology
Stanford Graduate School of Education
2009 - 2010 was a year of innovation. Strategic consultant Christina Taylor Gutman pointed to the d.school at the School of Engineering at Stanford. The multidisciplinary approach to problem solving offered the cutting-edge thinking that could understand my earlier steps and support the next. Through them, and Dr. Susie Wise, former volunteer at the San Francisco International Film Festival, I discovered a surprising fit in the Learning, Design and Technology program at the Graduate School of Education. How might we innovate Education in a simple, accessible way? International films.

Status: Stanford portfolio: http://ldtprojects.stanford.edu/~catapu1t/ldt.stanford.edu/Home.html
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Films by Katy Kavanaugh on my channel:
www.youtube.com/user/katykavanaugh


WHAT DOES YOUR FILM TASTE LIKE? (2004, Germany)
SYNERGY (2007 US)
FLIEGEN (2005 US/Germany)
EGG (2000 US)


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FLIEGEN (2005 US/Germany)
(German verb, to fly)
FLIEGEN is an essay film about the human desire to fly. A girl's flying dreams come with more frequency and she must have the sensation of being airborn during the day, too. She springs for hours on her pogostick until her sister helps her find the closest thing to flying.

Status: The film is 17mins. See it on my Youtube channel, www.youtube.com/user/katykavanaugh .
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EGG (Catapult Productions 2000)
So insignificant yet so very essential: EGG is a whimsical contemplation of the oxymoronic egg. Two dancers in their mid-thirties documented their cross-country tour through interviews about the greatest common denominator they could find along Interstate 80: Eggs. Four formats, animation, hand-tinted Super-8, and vintage footage scrambled digitally, seasoned with groovin' Tipsy Trip Hop, The Squirrel Nut Zippers and sounds of an old Victrola, all served on video format.

Status:
Catapult Productions' first work for film is in the refrigerator, staying fresh for future viewing.
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International Film Festivals

Attending international film festivals is an ongoing essential part of Catapult Productions. Katy Kavanaugh has attended these festivals as a programmer, writer and judge. In the future, she will attend as a filmmaker. Currently, she attends the Berlin Kinderfilmfest, The Mill Valley Children's Filmfest, and the Burbank Children's International Film Festival. Another important festival, the oldest in the world, is The International Festival For Children and Youth in the Czech Republic, where Ms. Kavanaugh attended as an international judge this year. Maintaining a presence at these festivals around the world where American representation is scarce is paramount in promoting the international exchange necessary to opening up the market for children's film in America.

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Articles

"Berlin Kinderfilmfest Offers Rich Alternatives by Katy Kavanaugh" 1500 words

"Looking for Alternatives? Why Not International Films? by Katy Kavanaugh" 500 words
"What Kids Can Do by Katy Kavanaugh and Kara Knafelc" 500 words
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Funding for Catapult Productions

Above are listed the endeavors of Catapult Productions, all projects
working within the Six-Point Plan to promote cultural literacy and understanding through the exchange of international film for the next generations. Until now, Katy Kavanaugh has funded her projects primarily through her work as a chef
and coordinator of film festivals. In order to propel Catapult Productions to its next phase, funding from private and public sources is necessary. The search
for support is an ongoing process. Contact Katy Kavanaugh to discuss contributions to the above projects.
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