Kathy Drasky

. . . is an award-winning independent documentary filmmaker and photographer. Her work is a reflection and extension of her background in editorial production, content creation and digital media management, work that often required she provide images. This led to assignments as an event photographer and photojournalist in San Francisco and Silicon Valley. Work supporting and managing film and video shoots resulted in Kathy producing videos shot with her iPhone and the completion in 2015 of her first documentary short film.

PHOTO: Kathy (second from right) with collaborators, participants and supporters at the premiere party for "Uncle Frank's House: An American Dream", October 2018 in Detroit, MI.


Kathy's photos have appeared nationally and internationally in publications like Slate, Vice (Canada), Indisposable, Flung Magazine and Thrillist. Locally, Kathy's work has been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, SF Weekly, SFist and Hoodline. 


Kathy's first independent documentary film, "Jeanne and Mike: Original Art" was named one of the top 250 independent documentaries of 2015. It screened at several film festivals, was nominated for a handful of awards and won Best Short Film at the March 2016 Direct Short Online Film Festival.

Kathy's second independent documentary, "Uncle Frank's House: An American Dream" had its big screen premiere at Detroit's Bel Air Luxury Cinema on 8 Mile Road in October 2018. It is currently being submitted to film festivals and is available for community screenings.

Kathy is currently at work on two new documentary film projects. One is about her neighborhood in San Francisco, the Divisadero Corridor. The other is about her mom and her friends, "The Sexy Six: A Story of Lifelong Friendship".

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As a pioneer in the desktop publishing industry, an original contributor to some of the first online publications, an early adopter of social media and an award-winning content curator, Kathy has been a leader in the digital media revolution. Her full-service digital media agency provides creative original content and dynamic curated content that will enhance your presence on the web, mobile devices and the movie screen.

Shows/Screenings, Awards, Publications, Press


2021: Outstanding Documentary Short (Winter 2021), International Independent Film Festival Hollywood
2020: Silver Award Winner, Top 250 Independent Documentaries of 2020: "The Sexy Six", Spotlight Documentary Film Awards
2020: Best Documentary Short (December 2020), American Golden Picture International Film Festival
2019: Silver Award Winner, Top 250 Independent Documentaries of 2019: "Uncle Frank's House",  Spotlight Documentary Film Awards
2019: Gold Award, Best Short Documentary (July 2019), Mindfield Film Festival, Albuquerque
2019: Best Mobile Short (May 2019), Indie Short Fest, Los Angeles
2018: Winner, Spirit Award (June 2018). Top Indie Film Awards
2016: Winner, Best Short Film (March 2016). Direct Short Online Film Festival
2015: Silver Award Winner, Top 250 Independent Documentaries of 2015: "Jeanne and Mike",  Spotlight Documentary Film Awards  


Bay Area Premiere (July 2019), "Uncle Frank's House: An American Dream", San Francisco Frozen Film Festival, Little Roxie Theater
Buenos Aires Film Festival (July 2019)
Georgia Documentary Film Festival (June 2019)
World Premiere (October 2018), "Uncle Frank's House: An American Dream", Bel Air Luxury Cinema, Detroit, MI
Community Screening (October 2018), "Uncle Frank's House: An American Dream", Detroit Public Library, Wilder Branch
Cine Fern (October 2018)
Independent Online Film Festival (October 2018)
Direct Short & Documentary Film Festival (August 2018)Direct Monthly Online Film Festival (August 2018)
Festigious International Film Festival (July 2018)
Top Indie Film Awards (June 2018)
Direct Short Online Film Festival (March 2016)
Wendy's Shorts (October 2015)
Underfunded Film Festival (September 2015)

Selected Publications:

2021: Uptown Messenger, March 3. "City Begins Pulling Out and Hauling Off Pay Phone Kiosks"
2021: KALW, February 8. "Amanda Gorman Becomes First Poet to Perform at Super Bowl"
2020: Jagermeister Presents, "Lesbian Bar Project
2019: Curbed (Los Angeles), "21 Things To Do in the California Desert"
2018: KOH AM 780, March 18. "Reno Arch Snuffed Out"
2017: TimeOut San Francisco, August. "14 Things You'll Find in Every San Franciscan's Bag"
2017: French Market Inn (New Orleans), June. "Activities for Rainy Days in the French Quarter"
2017: CultureTripSF, April 29. "The Best Art House Cinemas in San Francisco"
2017: Timeline, February 14. "The Economy Is Killing the Lesbian Bar"
2017: SFist, January 3. "Tuesday Lunchtime Links"
2016: Feature, Indisposable, Issue 2. IC Meet Series with Kathy Drasky"
2016: SFist, October 19. "Day Around the Bay"
2016: SFist, October 8. "Saturday Links"
2016: SFist, September 14. "Wednesday Lunchtime Links"
2016: LA Weekly, July 5. "Good News: L.A.'s Rents Did Not Go Up Last Month"
2016: Curbed (San Francisco), July 25. "The More People Bike in San Francisco, The Fewer Accidents Happen"
2016: ExtraCrispy, June 1. "Breakfast: It's What's for Dinner"
2016: Feature, Hoodline, May 26. "Divisadero's Recent Past"
2016: Hoodline, May 15. "Scenes from Bay to Breakers on Divisadero"
2016: SonicBids, April 15. "The 10 Biggest Hip-Hop Cities in America"
2016: Feature, Hoodline, April 4. "Meet the Street Photographer Documenting Divisadero for 12 Years and Counting"
2016: CultureTripSF, March 31. "Best Brunches Around the Western Addition"
2016: SFist, March 1. "Tuesday Morning Roundup"
2016: Morning News USA, January 27. "Super Bowl 50: Manning's Last Rodeo..."
2016: SFWeekly, January 20. "Tech Companies, Eager to Be Loved, Bought You a Super Bowl"
2016: Thrillist (Detroit). "Baker's Keyboard Lounge"
2016: Flung. "The Fascinating Ruins of 5 Long Lost Beach Resorts"
2016: Only In Your State. "Why You Must Visit Wild Bill's Nostalgia"
2016: CultureTripSF. "Become a San Franciscan: A How-to Guide"
2015: SF Bay News, November 7. "Union Square Readies Eight-Story Holiday Tree"
2015: Slate, October 2. "Kings Cross Punch Out"
2015: 49 Things to Do (New Orleans), September 8. "Top Attractions in New Orleans"
2015: VICE Canada, July 10. "VICE Canada's Worst Summer Jobs"
2010: FoundSF. "The Epicenter of Crime: The Hunt's Donuts Story"
2008: San Francisco Chronicle, August 10. "A Patchwork of Bay Area Parties and Personalities"

Group Photography Shows:

2013: 200 Yards / Calumet Photo. San Francisco, CA
2012: 200 Yards / Rare Device. San Francisco, CA


2021: Design Core Detroit, January 16,  "Case Study: Restore NED"
2020: Norwalk Historical Society, October 1 "Talk Back with Film Director Kathy Drasky"
2019: The Daily Californian, July 25. "Bay Area Filmmakers Showcase Creative Spirit at San Francisco Frozen Film Festival"
2019: "San Francisco Filmmaker's Short Documentary about Detroit to Screen at 13th Annual San Francisco Frozen Film Festival", July.
2019: Detroit UNESCO City of Design/Inclusive Design Together, 2019 Monitoring Report, June. "Creating Community Impact Through Collective Action", pp. 31-34
2018: NED's Notes, Fall/Winter 2018. "Restoring...Creating Northeast Detroit: Through the Power of One...Through the Power of Many"
2018: "Movie Premiere Fundraiser for Restore Northeast Detroit (NED)", October.
2016: Hoodline (San Francisco), April 4. "Meet the Street Photographer Documenting Divisadero for 12 Years and Counting"
2016: Indisposable Concept, 2016. "Meet Kathy Drasky"
2015: Norwalk Daily Voice, October 26. "Norwalk Family Documentary Makes Film Festival Debut"

IMDb Profile: Kathy Drasky, Director


B.A. (English, Writing Option) Western Connecticut State University, 1984
A.A. (Mass Communications) Norwalk Community College, 1981

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