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Don Cato

Don, a former Landscape Architect, was raised on a fruit farm in Fredonia, New York. He earned a BSLA and a BLA from Michigan State and his MLA from the University of Oregon where he also taught & worked on his MFA in Motion Graphics. At Oregon, he participated in Director workshops with Howard Hawks and Bugs Bunny animator Bob Clampett. At The Orson Wells Film School in Cambridge, MA., he studied with Cinematographer Austin DeBesche and participated in workshops under notable film Directors Nicolas Ray, Oscar Winner Jan Kadar, and Paul Morrissey. At the Lazlo Kovacs workshop in Camden, Maine, Don won the “Most Electricity” Award. His documentary Skinners’ Beaut, a bicentennial film for the City of Eugene, Oregon was screened by the World Futures Society as a tribute to Margaret Meade at the Chautauqua Institute, Chautauqua, New York. Shortly after in 1978, he made China Dawning, Behind Silk Curtains, an award winning documentary on The People’s Republic of China. He packaged and directed his first feature, Dixie Lanes, with Karen Black, Hoyt Axton, Moses Gunn, Tina Louise and Nina Foch, edited and released in 1987 by Cinemavault Releasing. Recently, his feature Be My Oswald, appeared in over nine festivals winning four and is critically compared to Dr. Strangelove and to Shallow Grave by Danny Boyle. Don also co-founded Garbagio’s, the country’s first consumer owned, source separating recycling & garbage company. He has won awards for photography, public sculpture, landscape design and has staged live performance pieces. Don currently teaches at The Dig

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