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Meet Katie Neuhof

Today we’d like to introduce you to Katie Neuhof.

Katie, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I grew up outside of Baltimore, Maryland and went to Catholic elementary and middle school. I felt very out of place there which perhaps fostered my puck rock nature. I watched Alfred Hitchcock with my Dad, and he taught me to make stop-motion videos on the camcorder.

Next, an arts high school which is a place I still hold dear to my heart. My magnet was acting, but I ended up doing film as well. It was called “Telemedia” for some reason. We still recorded things to mini DV tape in 2006! I made short films! I skipped class! I chain smoked in parking lots! Oh, suburbia. 2010 brought moving to Boston and going to film school. I studied film production and photography. I hated college honestly, but also understand what a privilege it is. I did learn a lot, although I can only tell you that in retrospect.

So I hopped in the car in 2014 pretty burnt out on six month winters and bad experiences and drove to THE GREAT LOS ANGELES to MAKE IT/get a studio apartment. Koreatown really inspired me when I initially landed in LA. It was bustling and loud and colorful and interesting. It was also hard to park. I worked a number of jobs, nothing that really felt right. At one of my jobs, I learned how to make “directors treatments,” which are pitches for commercials or film. I never really even knew this job existed until it sort of happened upon me and for some reason, I was good at it!

Today, I still design treatments for a variety of projects, while photography and filmmaking are my ultimate focus. I walk around LA and shoot film. I have a (small) photo and art studio in DTLA which is where I get it done. But I’m also very inspired driving into the middle of nowhere and taking photos of decaying strip-malls and bizarre plants. I’m dipping my toe in fashion and product photography as well. I show my photos and sell prints from time to time.

I’m working on a couple of films, documentary, and narrative, all in various stages. You can also catch me hot gluing a variety of strange objects together for a series of sculptures I’m making. So it’s really a toss up what I’m doing on any given day.

Has it been a smooth road?
I’ve dealt with depression from a young age. I thought treating it would rid me my creativity for a long time. Turns out, you’re not really doing your best work when you can’t get out of bed. I’m a believer that therapy and medication can transform your mental health.

We’d love to hear more about what you do.
I’m a filmmaker, photographer, and visual artist. I create work and want to create work about our planet and the destruction of it, social justice, prison reform, human rights, body/mind acceptance, consumerism/capitalism, human nature, and the absurdity/beauty of being alive.

I also make treatments, helping directors realize their creative vision. This little niche allows me to freelance in something creative while providing time and money for other creative pursuits. It has also allowed me to meet a lot of individuals who are making really amazing films and understand their process.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
I hope the film industry, and every industry will shift to be safer and more inclusive of people of color, women, the LGBT community, and other marginalized people. This is the top priority.

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