Catherine is an award-winning writer/director, actress and musician. She has taught at the NY Stage & Film Program, the Broadway Theater Institute, and has been a guest artist, director, and performer internationally. She is the writer/director of the feature film, Parallel Chords, which won Best Feature Writer in LA sponsored by the Writers Guild of America West at the LA Femme International Film Festival. The film also won Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, and Best Narrative Feature, in St. Louis and was selected as one of five films from around the world to be included in the New Filmmaker’s Forum at the St. Louis International Film Festival. This emerging director award goes to a first-time feature director who “shows the potential of being an important director of tomorrow.” The film also was selected for the prestigious Portland Film Festival, Columbus, Charlotte, KC Film Fest, and the 27th Annual Woods Hole Film Festival in Cape Cod, MA. Catherine is a National Film Challenge winner, and an Emerging Director finalist in Seattle, along with winning the “Curator’s Pick” cash prize from WIF (Women In Film) Seattle president Virginia Bogart for the short version of Parallel Chords. The short, version screened in over 30 national film festivals, and won Best Short Film, Best Sound, and a Jury Award for Excellence in Music. Catherine was a kick off speaker for the Citizen Jane Film Festival, a festival dedicated to female directors. She is a Roy W. Dean grant finalist, a RAC (Regional Arts Commission) grant recipient, and her feature length screenplay, Parallel Chords, was awarded a grant funded in part by the NEA.
Catherine has been commissioned to write three other screenplays, and has additionally created music for independent films, MTV, done string arrangements for Platinum selling Kate Nash, and has a lengthy music and acting bio. These skills inform her work as a director.
Speaking in OPENING SESSION (9 - 10 AM)