Kathy Craven, MA
Kathy Craven is Program Director for the Media Communications Bachelor’s of Science Degree at Full Sail University. She first joined the university in April 2008 as an instructor in the Education, Media, Design & Technology Master’s Degree where she taught Filmmaking Principles in Education.
Kathy’s filmmaking focus is documentary. She has produced films on diverse topics from a cross-country journey with an obsessive hitchhiker to a Central Park performer whose meditative “prayformances” saved his life. Her current documentary project takes audiences across Guinea, West Africa following Sidiki, a traditional African dancer who transcends disability by dancing on his hands.
In 2010, she directed and edited a music video promoting reading that involved over 1600 middle school students. She worked with members of the Instructional Design and Technology team along with the administration from Ocoee Middle School to produce the video "Gotta Keep Reading." The video captured an international audience and was featured on the Oprah Winfrey show.
Kathy also worked with the Maysles Institute, the non-profit arm of the prestigious Maysles Films. There she launched the film school “On Our Side” for children of incarcerated parents in which students produced their own films from preproduction, to rough cut, to final edit.
Kathy has presented at several education media conferences and conducted a number professional development workshops centered around filmmaking and storytelling, including the 2011 Apple Distinguished Educator Institute.
She produces the public radio show Friends Talking Faith on public radio 90.7 WMFE which features a Reverend, an Imam, and a Rabbi discussing a variety of current topics from these different faith perspectives.
Kathy is an Apple Distinguished Educator, the United States Distance Learning Association's 2011 Silver Award winner for Excellence in Distance Learn Teaching, and Full Sail University's nomination for ACCSC Teacher of the Year in 2010.
Kathy is passionate about stories, especially from voices that might never be heard if it were not for the increasing access to digital media. On her dream day she is traveling with her family listening to stories from a humble Imam in a remote African village.