Katie Damien is an award-winning filmmaker with a Bachelor of Arts in film production from the University of Central Florida. Katie has always been known for her creative endeavors, spending much of her childhood performing plays for family members and writing songs that always rhymed, but never made sense. It wasn’t until the ripe age of twelve that she first picked up her uncle’s VHS camera and shot her first short film with her cousins and sister. The movie was so bad, the tape was immediately erased and the movie was never seen. Undeterred, Katie continued to make movies until finally one day someone decided to pay her. Katie was born and raised in Florida and is currently living in Asheville, North Carolina. She’s been awarded various accolades at film festivals. She’s also won five Southeast Regional Emmy Awards including writing and directing. She does commercial production as well as independent film work. This is her first feature film.
My Toxic Backyard: What if you found out you had cancer, then you discovered your well water was contaminated, then you tried to sue the company responsible, but couldn’t? Then you fought to get the site cleaned up and nothing happened. Then you tried to sell your house, but no one wanted to buy it. What would you do? What could you do?
My Toxic Backyard chronicles a community’s fight to get clean drinking water and see the chemicals, still leaking into their groundwater, cleaned up.
Listen to an interview with filmmaker Katie Damien by Arts Radio Network’s Caroline Breder-Watts. This interview originally aired on WLRN on September 14, 2014.
September 17, 2014: Oxford College of Emory University, Oxford, GA
September 18, 2014: Presbyterian College, Clinton, SC
September 20, 2014: Creative City Collaborative, Pompano Beach, FL
September 22, 2014: East Tennessee State University, Mary B. Martin School of the Arts, Johnson City, TN
September 24, 2014: Indie Memphis, Memphis, TN
September 25, 2014: Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Arts, Auburn University, Auburn, AL