Spring Showcase Director #4: Kat Vondy

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 Kat Vondy had written to us early on, expressing interest in directing something for the stage. She’d been working in film/video, had racked up some awards for her films (like her USC thesis “The Broken Heart of Gnocchi Bolognese”) but had just come off of directing a live show for Lost Moon Radio. We read her email, loved it, and then promptly buried it in an ever-growing and insurmountable inbox. Lucky for us, she wrote a reminder, and we were just looking for a director who could take a screwball comedy by Ari Berkowitz and elevate it to an artful physical performance.

1. What are the top 3 movies/plays/shows that have inspired you?

I grew up in a time and place in which most of the movies I had access to were big budget studio films, and it wasn’t until I took a film class during my freshman year of college that I began to get more exposure to independent and art films. Short Cuts, Blue Velvet and Don’t Look Now were three films I saw at that time that really started to change how I looked at movies. I saw there were more ways to tell a story than I’d previously thought.

2. Did you go to film/theater school? What led you to being a writer/director?

Yes, I received an MFA in Film and Television Production from USC. I wish I knew what compelled me to write and direct! I feel like, growing up, I just always sort of found myself doing creative projects without really having made a conscious decision to do them. Then, when I was trying to figure out how serious I was about pursuing a creative career and was thinking about applying to film school, I remember talking it over with a friend who basically said “If you don’t go to film school, you probably won’t end up being a director, because it’ll be harder to get the skills. It could happen, it’s just not that likely. But if you go to film school, you MIGHT end up be a director.” And that was a very reasonable assessment of the situation, so I applied.

3. Why do you personally want to collaborate with other women through One Axe?

It’s basically impossible for just one person to put on a show or make a film; these are collaborative forms of art and entertainment and they don’t happen unless people work together. Also, it’s not a reality TV competition, so I’m here to make friends.

4. “Where are you going, where have you been?”

Figurative answer: I am going to try new things, even/especially if they are scary, and I have been working very hard to find out what those things could be.

Literal answer: I am going to a friend’s house to watch a reality TV competition, and I have been to the dentist.

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