Katie Travis has a passion for professional visual storytelling, striving for excellence in every area she has entered. She's visionary as a film director and eager to collaborate to tell stories through one of the world's most powerful mediums - the motion pictures.
New York born Katie Travis grew up in a theatrical family. In 1999, she moved to Minnesota where she currently lives. At the age of eight Katie was hired as a performer in the stage show "Illusion & Beyond" and was part of its USA tour until 2007. For the past eighteen years she has been trained in classical ballet and performance; with thirteen of those years spent at Reign Dance Theater, a non-profit theatrical dance organization. Since age twelve Katie has been contracted by Reign Dance Theater as Graphic and Media Designer creating promotional materials: posters, flyers, promo videos, website, and performance event dvds. Her gifts in storytelling and visual orchestration was realized around that same time and led to her passion for the film industry.
After graduating from high school in 2010, Katie Travis enrolled in Minneapolis Community and Technical College's A.S. degree program majoring in Cinema: Directing and Producing, where she trained in the art of filmmaking under Santanu Chatterjee, Hafed Bouassida, Bix Skahill, and other professors. While there she had the opportunity to use 16mm cameras, direct a short film shot on RED - the industry's leading digital camera, as well as work with SAG through their Student Films Contract. Her thesis film project "The Golden Key" - the story of a young boy finding hope to keep going beyond grief - was set in the timeframe of the 1800s and was filmed on location in Hector, MN. "The Golden Key" won MCTC's 2012 Cinema Excellence Awards for Directing, Cinematography, Editing, and was a Finalist for Screenwriting.
In the summer of 2013 she started her own LLC, Katie Travis Films, to produce her first independent short film outside of film school - "Summoned". The 50-minute adventure/fantasy film was shot over 15 days with a cast of over twenty actors, period costumes, visual effects, and in locations from Hector, MN to Maiden Rock, WI. After a successful Indiegogo campaign, "Summoned" premiered at the Marcus Shakopee Cinema on September 20th, 2014. The film went on to be an Official Selection 2015 at Speechless Film Festival (Mankato, MN), Illinois International Film Festival (Westmont, IL), and Barebones International Film and Music Festival (Muskogee, OK) - where it was also an Award Nominee 2015 for "BEST FAMILY FEATURE" and the "FORD AUSTIN'S BEST DIRECTOR FEATURE."
Katie is currently venturing to direct her first feature film - "Endure A Fairytale". The screenplay was penned between fall 2013 and spring 2015, and in September 2015 she founded the film production company - Owtsar Studios, LLC.
Katie Travis has experience in a wide range of filmmaking skills. She has served in positions of Director, Producer, Screenwriter, and Editor on many projects; as well as, Assistant Director, Actor, Assistant Editor, and Sound Designer. Beyond narrative storytelling, she has done documentary projects, training videos, multi-camera shoots and editing, interviews, promotional videos, and special events such as theatrical performances, weddings, and bat mitzvahs.
Katie's dream is to bring quality, high-standard, feature film production to Minnesota with the goal of telling powerfully inspiring heroic stories in what has become a very dark industry.