CATHRYNE CZUBEK, Director
Born in the South and raised in the Midwest, Cathryne Czubek grew up photographing and printing with her father in their darkroom at home. She eventually made her way to New York City in 1997 to study politics at NYU. After completing her degree she realized creating powerful images could have more of an impact than working at an NGO and returned to her image-making roots. After studying at the Maine Photographic Workshops and completing her MFA at the School of Visual Arts, she found her way into the commercial photo world working as the Photo Editor at Metropolitan Home Magazine. Simultaneously working on films and pursuing work in video production, when the Magazine closed in 2009 she jumped full force into the documentary and video production world in New York.
Since then Cathryne has produced for a number of Clients and Directors, including Volunteers of America, Major League Baseball Players Trust, Starbucks, eBay, Council for Fashion Designers Association, Narativ, Story to College, the Culinary Institute of America, Great Jakes marketing firm, and others. Additionally she has Directed documentary shorts and music videos.
A Girl and A Gun is Cathryne’s first feature documentary, for which Czubek received support and recognition from the New York State Council for the Arts, the Paley Center for Media, Toronto Documentary Forum, Independent Feature Project, From the Heart Productions, Women Make Movies. After a successful World Premiere at DOC NYC festival in November 2012, A Girl and A Gun has received critical praise and recognition from numerous outlets, garnering much media attention due to recent news events. Cathryne has appeared on Huff Post Live, ABC news and several radio shows discussing gun and women’s issues.