Kaz Phillips Safer is a Brooklyn-based filmmaker and video artist who originally hails from the UK. She received her BA in English and Certificate in Creative Writing from Princeton, as well as taking select filmmaking courses at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. In 2009 she was accepted with seven other women into AFI’s prestigious Directing Workshop for Women where she directed HD short Megafauna. It went on to win AFI’s JPF Award for Excellence and was released by Indiepix in October 2011. In 2010 she was the recipient of a Jerome Foundation Travel & Study grant to fund development of her period war/ espionage drama, Wilhelmina Vandereen Takes Revenge. In 2011 she was awarded a Cinereach REACH Film Fellowship where she directed 16mm short Jolly Friends Forever More, also the recipient of an Eastman Kodak grant. Kaz is also the resident video artist with internationally acclaimed dance theater company, Witness Relocation. Her work with WR has been presented in France (Theatre National de Chaillot, Paris; Les Subsistances, Lyon), Denmark, Poland, Australia, Russia and across the United States (including The American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA, Bumbershoot Festival in Seattle, WA and NYC Summerstage.) Her independent video work has been presented at Dance New Amsterdam’s Tribeca gallery space, and as a part of the Catch Series, a Brooklyn-based multi-disciplinary performance series-event. Her feature length script Waterline was a 2013 Academy Nicholls Screenwriting Fellowship semi-finalist and is currently in development.