Kathy Schermerhorn worked as a video editor in New York City for over 20 years, both freelance and as a staff editor at the downtown art house, National Video Industries, the post-production facility on the leading edge of the video revolution. For much of her career at NVI she was the only woman in the editing studios, a notoriously male enclave. She worked with a number of film directors making their first foray into video, including Perry Henzell (No Place Like Home) and Jonathan Demme and Jo Mennell (Haiti Dreams of Democracy). She worked on music videos, commercials and documentaries, and spent a year editing the first television programming produced in the US for China National Television (CCTV). Other projects included the television version of No Nukes (Warner Brothers) and the Fishing with John series, created and directed by John Lurie, starring Jim Jarmusch and Tom Waits.
Kathy received her BA from Columbia University (1975), and her Masters from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine/NY (1997). She moved to Montague, MA in 1998 to practice acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, and continues to work on film and video projects that she feels passionate about, directing and shooting and editing. Recent work includes a documentary for Tom Otterness, the renowned American sculptor (Makin Hay), and a short entitled One in Eight, the story of a breast cancer recovery project, directed by Pam Roberts. Kathy often works at Green Mountain Post Films, a local production and post production company a few miles down the road from her acupuncture office.
Over the course of her career as an editor in New York, Kathy always knew she was on the fringe, fighting for her rights but never realized she was a “feminist” until she began to work on the Heresies Film Project.