Cat Bird Pictures was founded in 2007 and is helmed by Brooklyn-based filmmaker and video designer, Kaz Phillips Safer.  The company produces narrative film projects, and creates video and live-feed installations for theatrical productions and other spectacles.  Kaz’ work has been developed and presented in Denmark, Russia, Poland, France, Belgium, Canada, Australia, Ghana, and across the United States.


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Kaz was born in Luton, UK but moved with her family to Tacoma, WA when she was six.  She studied creative writing at Princeton University while also taking select filmmaking courses at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.  In 2007, Kaz became the resident video designer for internationally acclaimed NYC-based dance theater company, Witness Relocation.  Her work with WR has been presented in France, Denmark, Poland, Australia, Russia, and across the United States.  In 2009 she was accepted with seven other women into the American Film Institute's Directing Workshop for Women where she developed and directed original HD short, MEGAFAUNA. The film went on to win AFI’s 2010 Jean Picker Firstenberg Award for Excellence and was released by IndiePix in October 2010.  In 2010 Kaz was awarded a Cinereach REACH Film Fellowship during which she directed JOLLY FRIENDS FOREVER MORE, a 16mm short that was also the recipient of an Eastman Kodak film grant.  Her feature script WATERLINE was a 2013 Academy Nicholls Screenwriting Fellowship Semi-finalist.  The film is currently in development. 


At the AFI/ DWW Showcase screening of MEGAFAUNA at the DGA Theater in LA, May 11, 2010

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