Kaz is an award-winning filmmaker, writer and video artist.
She has made seven short films which have screened at festivals domestically and abroad, directed ten music videos, including Silversound Showdown PRIX ULTIME Winner “Gold,” and been the grateful recipient of fellowships and grants from the likes of AFI, Cinereach, Eastman Kodak and the Jerome Foundation. She is an alumna of AFI’s prestigious Directing Workshop for Women and won the Institute’s Jean Picker Firstenberg Award for her 2010 DWW short, MEGAFAUNA, which starred Marin Ireland (GLASS CHIN) and was shot by Reed Morano, ASC (HANDMAID’S TALE). Her 2017 short, ASH, starred Jason Butler Harner (OZARK) and Dale Soules (ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK). Her 2020 experimental acid western THE HALCYON features an original score by musicians Greg Loman and Harry Waters. It was picked up by short genre platform DUST, and premiered on October 8, 2020. Kaz’s most recent short film PROXY examines the dark side of surrogate parenting and is poised for a successful festival run. She is currently prepping her first feature off Academy Nicholl Fellowship Award-winning script SECRET GIRL.
As a writer, Kaz has developed and set up multiple projects, including a YA fantasy series with Atlas Entertainment, a feature-length horror at Intrepid Pictures, and a feature with Universal as part of the Dark Universe. Her short horror script SCREAMER won the 2021 Midwest Horror Fest Short Script Contest, and she currently has multiple series live on innovative chat story platform Zedge’s SHORTZ app, with more in the pipe line.
As a video artist she has presented work in France (Theatre de Chaillot, Paris; Les Subsistances, Lyon; Le Quartz, Brest), Poland, Denmark, Russia, Australia, the UAE, and across the US (American Repertory Theater, Cambridge MA; Bumbershoot, Seattle, WA) and was the video artist in residence with internationally acclaimed NYC-based dance theater company Witness Relocation for over a decade. Her video design work has been called “hallucinatory” by the New York Times, and described as “audio-visual anarchy” by New York Magazine.
In the fall of 2015, Kaz taught a semester-long video design and installation Atelier at Princeton University. Entitled “Memory House” the course led students in creating immersive interactive video installations using their own childhood memories as source material.