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katherine filaseta, 1st assistant director, on the set of Mashed (2022) by Madi Ruff

about katherine

katherine filaseta (she/her) is a queer female filmmaker based in NYC. While most of her work has been as an assistant director, when she is in the director's chair herself, katherine enjoys exploring the way every different type of art combines via film to tell stories - especially stories from marginalized points of view.


katherine has directed three episodes of Black Panties, a web series celebrating the beauty and intuition of Black women in all their forms, as well as a PSA about street harassment reappropriating Gnarls Barkley's Crazy from the point of view of a woman walking down the street. She is also in post-production on two music videos with singer/songwriter Megn for her post-Trump-era album about community struggles and women's empowerment, and is in post-production on a documentary, Carol and I, about the way the loss of control brought about by dementia transformed her grandmother's relationship with both her family and herself. 

Other than directing, katherine also works regularly as an Assistant Director, where she uses her scheduling and leadership skills to help underrepresented creators of varying backgrounds tell their own stories. Her credits as a 1st AD include Bounce TV’s Who Is Christmas Eve? starring Paige Hurd and Romeo Miller; Pulse Film’s Hip Hop Treasures, a reality show starring LL Cool J and Darryl DMC McDaniels; and commercials for clients such as GrubHub and Facebook/Meta. She has also worked in the AD department on sets for Hulu, AppleTV+, and HBOmax.

Outside of film, katherine spends her time reading, tweeting (@kay_fil), dancing to Bollywood music & kpop, and snuggling her pet bunny.

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