Communication and Media Studies Department

Kate Kaminski

Part-time Instructor
Kate Kaminski, photo credit: Reggie Burrows Hodges

Office Location

TBA, by appointment only

Phone

207-780-5972 (Department Number)

Academic Degrees

  • Master’s, Film Production, Boston University College of Communication
  • Bachelor’s, Psychology, University of Texas at Austin

Profile

Kate Kaminski is a writer, director, and independent filmmaker. As Gitgo Productions, she and partner Betsy Carson have produced four no-budget features, and numerous short fiction and non-fiction works that have screened at festivals and events around the world. Gitgo’s 53-episode improvised comedy Willard Beach (which ran weekly 2009–2010) was the first web series produced in Maine. In 2010, Kaminski founded the Bluestocking Film Series, a curated, international short film festival that was the first in the world to require films to feature a female protagonist and pass the Bechdel-Wallace Test. Maine’s women in film event, Bluestocking is also the first festival in the U.S. to receive Sweden’s A-Rating. Kaminski holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from University of Texas at Austin and a master’s in Film Production from Boston University. In addition to serving as Bluestocking’s Artistic Director, Kaminski teaches part-time at University of Southern Maine and Maine College of Art. She lives in Southern Maine with Carson and their dogs, Truman Capote and Harper Lee.

Kate Kaminski photo credit: Reggie Burrows Hodges

Recent Publications

Online:

Aren’t We There Yet? Medium.com (https://medium.com/women-s-film-activists/arent-we-there-yet-46bd0ae7bc88) — featured on Medium.com homepage

About That Obsession with Road Movies, blog post on BluestockingFilms.com
(http://www.bluestockingfilms.com/news/2015/8/25/about-that-obsession-with-road-movies)

Rocking the Boat, A Call for Solidarity, Medium.com (https://medium.com/no-directors/3ce5399de233

Women, Guns, Double Standards and Censorship, Medium.com (https://medium.com/@gitgofilms/women-guns-double-standards-and-censorship-894dc04c578e)

Driven by Complex Female Protagonists, Medium.com (https://medium.com/@gitgofilms/driven-by-complex-female-protagonists-7d6a63d7a70f)

 

Awards and Recognition

April 2017, Panel Moderator, Women in Horror at Emerge Film Festival, Lewiston, Maine  

October 2016, Panelist, Women in Film at New Hampshire Film Festival

June 2016, Maine Humanities Council Mini-Grant for Bluestocking Film Series “Women Make Movies Make History” special presentation

May 2016, Quimby Family Foundation Operating Grant for Bluestocking Film Series

April 2015, Quimby Family Foundation Operating Grant for Bluestocking Film Series

Best of Bluestocking Film Series at Moonlighting (Lowell, MA), Cape Ann Film Festival, Boston University, University of New England, Scalarama (Manchester, UK), LadyBug Festival (Göteborg, Sweden, 3 years running), See Her Now World Weekend for Women in Film (Stockholm, Sweden), and others

May 2014, Floating, ‘live’ performance at SPACE Gallery

July 2013, The Future is Female presentation at Pecha Kucha Portland

October 2012, Panelist, Filmmaking in Maine, 3rd Annual Portland Maine Film Festival, Portland, ME 

October 2012, Keynote Speaker, 2012 LGBT Film Festival, Ellsworth, ME

May 2011, Women and Gender Studies Conference, On Being a Woman Filmmaker

February 2010, Willard Beach web series at Pecha Kucha Portland

 

Professional Activity

Founder / Artistic Director, Bluestocking Film Series

FEM/CINE/ANARCHY, popup screening of women-directed films for Directed By Women, a global celebration of women directors, annually in September

Interviews:

WSCA Community Radio with Leah Gage, Bluestocking 2017 Sneak Preview at Leah’s Movie Lowdown http://leahsmovielowdown.com/Downloads/Bluestocking Interview.mp3 

Ms. Magazine Blog http://msmagazine.com/blog/2016/06/14/bluestocking-film-series-announces-22-films-that-celebrate-complex-female-protagonists/

Old Port Magazine, Sharing the Screen: Kate Kaminski’s Crusade to Bring Women to The Forefront of Film
http://oldport.com/arts-entertainment/sharing-the-screen-kate/

We Are Moving Stories, Interview http://www.wearemovingstories.com/we-are-moving-stories-
videos/2016/7/23/blue-stocking-film-series

Film Inquiry, Interview http://www.filminquiry.com/interview-bluestocking-film-series-kaminski/

Bitch Flicks, Bluestocking Film Series Showcases Complex Female Protagonists (http://www.btchflcks.com/2016/07/bluestocking-film-series-showcases-complex-female-protagonists.html)

Drive, She Said, Q&A with Kari Wagner-Peck on Huffington Post (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kari-
wagnerpeck/drive-she-said-bluestocki_b_8805598.html)