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Hey, I'm Catherine!

St. Louis, Missouri

I am an actor/writer/director/musician who moved to the midwest for love from NYC. I am also a teaching artist, and feel blessed to do the work I do. I have taught at the Vassar NY Stage & Film program, the Broadway Theatre Institute, and been a guest artist and performer nationally and internationally starting at a young age. I'm an NEA grant receipient for my feature length screenplay Parallel Chords and have been commissioned to write 3 other films. It's been a long journey but after directing a short version of film, Parallel Chords (overture), which screened over 30 times nationally in festivals, (Won Best Short Film, Best Sound, Jury Award for Excellence in Music, Curator's Pick /Cash prize WIF Seattle)  we have now completed post production for the feature version of the film. I love other filmmakers and it is important to me to support other creatives making their own way. I adore Seed & Spark!

My Projects

Projects I'm Supporting

Miles Underwater

San Antonio • Feature
Drama, Family

13-year-old Miles is struggling to find where he belongs when an unusual event forces him to face his biggest fear and take a leap of faith.

106%

This project got the green light!

42 Seconds

Atlanta • Short
Drama

After two strangers share a connection; one of them questions the encounter after discovering the tragedy that brought them together.

103%

This project got the green light!

A Whole New World

Los Angeles • Music Video
Music, Experimental

A music video for an inventive new arrangement of A Whole New World questions our use of technology.

81%

This project got the green light!

Marisol

New York • Short
Drama, Foreign Film

When a young mother takes a risk to provide for her daughter, a stranger turns her transgression into a nightmare.

101%

This project got the green light!

Cranes, Mafiosos and a Polaroid Camera

Kearney • Short
Drama, Experimental

A paranoid late night phone call becomes a reflection on nature and death, in the calm expanse of a crane sanctuary.

82%

This project got the green light!

The Gift

San Francisco • Short
Fantasy, Drama

In a parallel universe, an isolated girl who is bullied for her uncommonly large ears finds solace in an unusual friendship with a crow.

105%

This project got the green light!

The Cold Days of Summer

Utica • Feature
Crime, Drama

A boxer battles injury, criminals, and an authoritarian school board to save his scholarship and learn the true cost of the American dream

92%

This project got the green light!

Emma Was Here

Medford • Feature
Drama

A terminally-ill woman goes on a trip with friends before deciding whether she will go through with her choice of physician-assisted dying.

96%

This project got the green light!

Nanay Ko 2

Silver Spring • Feature
Comedy, Musical

An Asian-American Musical. After her father's sudden passing, Christine must save her parents' restaurant from eviction.

101%

This project got the green light!

Gleahan and the Knaves of Industry

Duluth • Feature
Adventure, Comedy

An opportunistic asshole joins the quest of a delusional man who thinks he’s in a fantasy world.

80%

This project got the green light!

AUGGIE

Fairfield • Feature
Drama, Sci-Fi

Forced into early retirement, a man falls in love with his new augmented reality companion, driving away his wife and daughter.

103%

This project got the green light!

LION KILLER

Houston • Feature
Drama

Fighting Solves Everything

109%

This project got the green light!

Parallel Chords

St. Louis • Feature
Drama, Music

A young violinist struggles to break free from her pianist father to find her own voice.

115%

This project got the green light!

The Way It Goes

Shawnee • Feature
Comedy, Romantic Comedy

Sometimes life just doesn't go as planned.

101%

This project got the green light!

The Inner Edge

Old Bridge Township • Feature
Drama, Fantasy

A NJ cop struggling with changes in her life, has to save a suicidal stranger to unlock what powers lie within her.

122%

This project got the green light!

Between Heaven and Hell

Riverside • Feature
Drama, Fantasy

On 11/22/63, John F. Kennedy, CS Lewis and Aldous Huxley all died within moments of each other and meet in a place “somewhere beyond death”

91%

This project got the green light!

Drought

Wilmington • Feature
Comedy, Drama

The summer after high school, Sam searches for a better life for herself and younger brother with Autism.

101%

This project got the green light!

Project Gaslight

Rochester • Feature
Horror, Thriller

New tenants harbor a secret that jeopardizes a young family as the pregnant wife descends into paranoia and delusion.

100%

This project got the green light!

The MisEducation of Bindu

Indianapolis • Feature
Comedy, Drama

Thrust into American public school by her mother’s new marriage, a wide-eyed Indian teen teams up with a band geek to survive.

104%

This project got the green light!

Lost Bayou

Lafayette • Feature
Drama, Family

A struggling addict ventures out into the Louisiana swamp to discover that her estranged faith healer father is hiding a troubling secret.

118%

This project got the green light!

Little Evil Bookshop

Seattle • Feature
Comedy, Satire

When the world's most powerful occult leader visits a modest mystic bookshop, its owner must impress him at all costs.

83%

This project got the green light!

Stormie

Santa Maria • Feature
Biography, Drama

An adopted Hispanic teenager looks for his birth family in an attempt to find his place of belonging.

151%

This project got the green light!

Bring Me an Avocado

San Francisco • Feature
Drama

When a violent encounter leaves Robin in a coma, her family ventures to maintain normalcy for her children while managing their own grief.

113%

This project got the green light!

nēar

Stockton • Feature
Crime, Drama

"nēar" follows 17-year-old Julian upon his escape from the hospital on Christmas Eve, the day which is literally the last day of his life.

85%

This project got the green light!

I'll Be Around

Los Angeles • Feature
Drama, Comedy

Against the backdrop of a post-punk music festival, a handful of 30-somethings deal with a wide variety of social and philosophical issues

82%

This project got the green light!

ACID TEST (feature film)

Houston • Feature
Comedy, Drama

The absurdly dramatic coming-of-age story of a teenage girl who launches a rebellion when she drops acid and goes home to her parents.

94%

This project got the green light!

This Is Our Home

Media • Feature
Drama, Thriller

A struggling couple's weekend getaway goes awry when a child arrives in the middle of the night claiming he's their son.

120%

This project got the green light!

High Note

Friday Harbor • Feature
Crime, Musical

Just your everyday druggie, dramedy, indie musical filled to the brim with Germans, Jesus, banjos, bongos, and backstabbings.

82%

This project got the green light!

The Atavist

Pittsfield • Feature
Adventure, Sci-Fi

A young woman travels to the past, but when the things she leaves alter history, she must get them back to save the future.

292%

This project got the green light!

D.I.Y.

Philadelphia • Feature
Comedy, LGBTQ

A queer couple is determined to tie the knot their own way.

125%

This project got the green light!

Big Dog City

San Francisco • Feature
Drama, Other

Set within Bay Area art/slacker culture, we follow two characters as they weave across a place and identity which doesn't fit them anymore.

81%

This project got the green light!

"SURE-FIRE" - Development Funding Phase II

New York • Feature
Comedy, Crime

SURE-FIRE is a comedy about a NYC con man having a mid-life crisis who stumbles into becoming a movie producer to pay off gangsters.

152%

This project got the green light!

Palace

Upland • Feature
Drama

The family-fractured lives of a stubborn mechanic, a retired widower, and a repressed college student intertwine at a bar in rural Indiana.

104%

This project got the green light!

Bedsheet Man

Bradenton • Feature
Comedy, Drama

A middle aged man looses his son to suicide only to find a strange way to cope with his grief. He becomes the superhero that his son always

103%

This project got the green light!

Mini Lights

Saint Petersburg • Feature
Horror

A group of skaters roams the haunted nooks of St. Petersburg Fl. where an unquenchable tragedy watches from the darkness waiting for a host.

155%

This project got the green light!

worst.christmas.ever.

Youngstown • Feature
Comedy, Teen

A dark comedy about a 15-year-old girl whose entire world falls apart after she discovers that she's pregnant on Christmas Eve.

106%

This project got the green light!

A Stray Ember

Lancaster • Feature
Drama, Thriller

The agoraphobic victim of a home invasion takes to the road in a motor home, but a figure from her past threatens her new found freedom.

80%

This project got the green light!

Just Like The Men

Bellingham • Feature
Comedy, History

Two girls find a lost screenplay and decide to give history the middle finger.

100%

This project got the green light!

Minneapolis (the movie)

Minneapolis • Feature
Comedy, Family

A cocky news anchor team gets stuck "mentoring" an at-risk teen. Shenanigans and dastardly weather conditions ensue…

102%

This project got the green light!

WILLIE, JAMALEY & THE CACACOON

Phoenixville • Feature
Adventure, Comedy

Two misfits adventure out to prove the existence of a local mythological creature.

80%

This project got the green light!

The Blue Whale

Catoosa • Feature
Teen, Drama

In 1980's rural Oklahoma a teenage boy meets a girl from California who helps him break out of his shell and learn the truth of his heritage

93%

This project got the green light!

Fantastic Santa Monaco

Los Angeles • Feature
Drama, Satire

A film about a group of performance artists who are looking for love, connection and significance in Los Angeles.

80%

This project got the green light!

Rainmaker

Missoula • Short
Drama, Thriller

A young mother struggles with the demon of her eating disorder and the implication that it holds for her six-year-old daughter.

83%

This project got the green light!

Virtually

Los Angeles • Short
Romance, Sci-Fi

A woman struggling in a post-apocalyptic wasteland discovers a VR machine and finds love while repeating the same VR sunset over and over.

112%

This project got the green light!

Bitter Taste

New York • Short
Drama

A dark drama about a Scottish Michelin-star Chef who relives memories of his childhood through cooking.

101%

This project got the green light!

Interference

New York • Short
Drama, Thriller

A violent altercation between a police officer and a black man left one person dead. A couple passing by must decide what they believe.

85%

This project got the green light!

Clementine

Portland • Feature
Drama, LGBTQ

A heartbroken woman stows away to her estranged lover's lake house where she becomes entangled with a teenage girl.

111%

This project got the green light!

Stronger Than Pretty

New York • Feature
Drama, Romance

A young mother's "American Dream" turns into a living nightmare, until she listens to a voice she hadn't heard before; her own!

88%

This project got the green light!

Lily 'N' Rose

Denver • Short
Drama

Lily and Rose are best friends. When Rose abandons her, Lily flees into the wilderness, confronting something even more profound.

115%

This project got the green light!

e.ro.sion, noun

Jersey City • Short
Romance, Sci-Fi

Following the ending of a relationship, a girl slips into a parallel reality where her heart and soul slowly disappear before her eyes.

103%

This project got the green light!

OR DIE TRYING

Los Angeles • Series
Drama

Four ambitious women attempt to achieve their own definition of success while dealing with the struggles of being a millennial in Hollywood.

82%

This project got the green light!

Half the Picture

Los Angeles • Feature
Documentary

HALF THE PICTURE is a feature documentary about working women directors in Hollywood.

82%

This project got the green light!

Table 21

St. Louis • Short
Comedy, Romance

When the intriguing affairs of a mysterious couple are disrupted, the unpredictable unfolds.

86%

This project got the green light!

Solus

Memphis • Short
Fantasy, Thriller

Enslaved to a gothic, Victorian house of the underworld, an orphan plots her escape but is haunted by the secrets lurking within the house.

106%

This project got the green light!

Building the American Dream

Austin • Feature
Documentary

In the deadliest state for construction, undocumented workers fight for reform of the Texas industry while under the threat of deportation.

93%

This project got the green light!

SHE SINGS TO THE STARS

Bristol • Feature
Drama, Mystery

The desert. A Native American grandmother. Her half-Mexican grandson. A white, aging magician. What's real? And who are the real magicians?

88%

This project got the green light!

The Gospel According to Stephenson

Colorado Springs • Feature
Horror, Sci-Fi

A "real-life" vampire capitalizes on our pop-culture vampire obsession to start his own religion.

100%

This project got the green light!

Keep the Change

• Feature
Romantic Comedy

A young man struggling to hide his autism falls in love with a young woman who challenges his desire to appear ‘normal’.

106%

This project got the green light!

Kinesthesia

Los Angeles • Short
Drama, Shorts Program

Frustrated at her inability to accurately remember a particular time of happiness in her life, Minny sets out to find it again.

141%

This project got the green light!

The wHOLE

Los Angeles • Series
Drama

“The wHOLE” is a gritty drama illuminating solitary confinement made in collaboration with those closest to the issue.

81%

This project got the green light!

The Light of The Moon

Brooklyn • Feature
Drama

After her world is irrevocably changed, a successful New York City architect struggles to regain intimacy and control in her life.

88%

This project got the green light!

Sleeping With Earrings On

New York • Short
Drama, LGBTQ

Maggie’s marrying the woman of her dreams but will tension between her sisters ruin the day?

166%

This project got the green light!

Blackwell Summers Mysteries

New York • Series
Action, Mystery

Ladies of Blackwell Summers Detective Agency puts suckas to shame and take them lames out the game!!

100%

This project got the green light!

Three Fingers

Nashville-Davidson • Short
Drama, War

The battle continues long after the war...

101%

This project got the green light!

Cross

Los Angeles • Short
Drama, Film-Noir

A young Filipino backyard boxer enters a Mexican fight ring in the San Fernando Valley.

100%

This project got the green light!

The Videoblogs

Brooklyn • Feature
Drama

A feature film about a lonely young woman who reaches out through The Screen.

108%

This project got the green light!

She Lights Up Well

Detroit • Feature
Comedy

A struggling actress moves home and directs a production to try and save the community theater.

96%

This project got the green light!

Movies & Shows I Recommend

When Dr. Amelia Brooks disappears during a deep-water dive, her three daughters travel home to settle her affairs.

Watch Now

The Midnight Swim

2015

 • Feature

by Sarah Adina Smith

Akin arrives at his new job as a farm hand to discover the erotically charged young Sarah.

Watch Now

Thou Wast Mild & Lovely

2014

 • Feature

by Josephine Decker

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