Katya Bankowsky is a director and former advertising agency executive producer/director whose work includes award winning TV commercials, branded entertainment and digital campaigns for clients including Reebok, Maserati, Verizon, the US Olympic Committee, Bacardi-Martini, Chase and Brazilian Brahma beer for which she directed an extensive cross-platform international launch including European TV and cinema. Katya most recently directed work for the the WNBA, the NFL and a piece for the NY Times on French fashion icon Michele Lamy. She is currently working on a web series she writes, directs and co-stars in with Lamy. In 1999, Bankowsky’s award-winning feature documentary film Shadow Boxers premiered at the Toronto and Berlin International film festivals picking up awards along the festival circuit for direction, cinematography, editing and music. Katya not only directed, produced, and edited Shadow Boxers which went on to receive worldwide distribution through Image Entertainment, but was amongst the first women ever to compete in the historical 1995 New York Golden Gloves Amateur Boxing Competition. Upon theatrical release, The NY Post described Shadow Boxers as “compelling and beautifully photographed…boxing hasn’t been shown this creatively on screen since Raging Bull”. The Los Angeles Times said simply “Shadow Boxers is the best boxing film you are likely to see”.