Preston Cato

Artistic Director

Preston Cato is an experimental and feature film maker with a strong academic background, a BS and BLA in Landscape Architecture from Michigan State and an MLA from the University of Oregon where he also studied extensively in the department of Motion Graphics. His films have screened at an international and eclectic group of venues and festivals: Anthology Film Archives, National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Lincoln Center, the Dylan Thomas Center in Wales (Best Feature for Be My Oswald in 2006), RealHeART Toronto Film Festival (Best in Venue for Be My Oswald in 2007) and Everglades Film Festival, South Africa. He was the Director of the Eugene Filmmakers Cinematique for 4 years while he distributed films from China and in 1978, he was one of the first western filmmakers allowed into China to create an immersion documentary: China: Behind Silk Curtains which also screened in Tokyo International Amateur Film Competition, International Cultural Foundation and at the Tokyo National Museum of Modern Art. His first feature Dixie Lanes, starring Karen Black, Hoyt Axton & Moses Gunn was released in over 40 countries in 1989. In 2013 he co-directed and co-produced the short My Kansas which had a respectable festival run with multiple wins for directing. My Day, on which he was the Director of Cinematography, Editor, Sound Designer & Co-Producer brought home several Best Actress awards for Judith Roberts & several Best Short awards in both 2013 and 2014. Currently, Preston teaches at the New York Digital Film Academy and runs all of our online learning experiences.