Catharine Axley is a documentary filmmaker and editor who seeks stories of empowerment through subjects that defy expectations. She is a director at Paper Bridge Films and is currently directing ATTLA, a feature documentary co-produced by ITVS and Vision Maker Media. Her films have played at festivals including the San Francisco International Film Festival, DOC NYC, Harlem International Film Festival, and the United Nations Association Film Festival. She was a Regional Finalist for the 2014 Student Academy Awards and an official nominee for the David L. Wolper Award at the 2015 International Documentary Association Awards. Axley is currently teaching as a scholar-in-residence at the University of Kentucky. She holds an M.F.A. from Stanford University and a B.A. in History and Ethnicity, Race & Migration from Yale University.