Mary Katzke

Mary Katzke

Mary Rosanne Katzke is currently a 2018 Rasmuson Fellow in Media Arts and has been writing and directing films since she graduated from the Radio-Television-Film School at the University of Texas, Austin.

After a summer trip to Alaska, she began producing documentaries and formed Affinityfilms, Inc., a non-profit production company dedicated to the production of social issues films. Her first film, No Word for Rape, was an award-winning documentary film about sexual assault in urban and rural Alaska. Grants from the American Film Institute, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Alaska State Arts Council allowed Mary to continue to produce films in the following years broaching such topics such as homeless people, domestic violence, and breast cancer. Many of these documentaries have been featured in prestigious festivals across the nation and Europe. 

In 1988, Mary was offered an academic scholarship to attend New York Universitys graduate film school where she completed her MFA in Writing and Directing. While at school, she continued to produce documentaries including Sea of Oil, an examination of the social and emotional impact of the Exxon Valdez oil spill, which was featured at the Museum of Modern Art, the Sundance Film Festival, and aired nationally on PBSPOV Showcase. Other completed works include: About Face: The Story of Gwendellin Bradshaw (feature documentary with grants from A&E Entertainment and Chicken and Egg Pictures); Day in Our Bay (Bristol Bay native way of life as crowd-sourced through 70 videographers); Backing Out of Time (care giving for parents facing Alzheimer’s); World School (family gap year of travel); Partners in Healing about integrative medicine; and In a Nanosecond, a full media campaign about living with traumatic brain injury.

Her current documentary, And Now We Rise, is funded in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting through Vision Maker Media and she is currently on the Fulbright Specialist Program Roster.


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