Originally from Philadelphia, Kate McCabe now makes her home near Joshua Tree, California where she founded the art collective Kidnap Yourself. She is a graduate of the University of the Arts and she obtained her MFA in Experimental Animation from the California Institute of the Arts under the innovative Jules Engel. She is an award winning independent filmmaker who has shown films globally since 1995 in both film festivals and galleries. Sabbia, her first feature film, a visual album for Brant Bjork, is distributed internationally. Her current work includes paintings, photography, short fiction, and art books, her most recent being a sketch comic book called "Mojave Weather Diaries." Kate has taught film as a visiting artist at CalArts and UC San Diego and works as a private art instructor.
Her films frequently function as a portrait of some kind - sometimes layered in metaphor, others purely documentary in style. They explore the themes of celebrating the beauty in the everyday and unveiling the twilight world between daydreams and reality. Technically, Kate likes to blur the line between live action photography and animation, with time manipulation techniques both in-camera and with optical printing