Catch Cat play the cheeky socialite, on season 2 of Graves on Epix, episode 3, "The Opposite of People."
My second directorial project, Seagull, was an official selection at the LA Femme International Film Festival. The festival was fantastic! I watched documentaries I learned from and still thinking about and narrative shorts and features that gave me new insight and pathways for story telling. The filmmakers themselves were friendly and engaging. The panels were best part of the festival. In particular, the How to Pitch Panel, in which audience members had the opportunity to practice pitching to the panelists. I pitched The Vendetta of Felipe Espinosa, the novel about America's first serial killer and foreign terrorist. I received positive feedback and excellent pointers I can take with me in the future. Thank you panelists :)
I also had the immense pleasure of seeing old friends! Treasured the festival experience and look forward to the next one.
Seagull, the WWII film Cat directed and acted in, has been chosen as as official selection for the 2017 LA Femme International Film Festival! LA Femme is one of the premiere film festivals that supports female writer, producers, and directors from around the world. Cat and the team are so honored to get into this festival!
Courtesy of Boothe Global Perspectives: bootheglobalperspectives.com/business
Catharine Pilafas recounts a story when, as a child, whe was on stage with her mother in the audience. In the above video, you will see why the phrase "Hair on fire". Cat describes how her purse somehow caught a spark and was afire, as her mother was almost having a heart attack, watching in the audience Cat continued to speak her lines. Amazingly, she put out the fire, she never lost a beat. She recalled that the thought hit her: "I was on fire, and I managed to finish my lines. I can do this!" She went on to college in Colorado, studied acting and dance, and then was invited to do some off-Broadway productions in New York City. See Video here: https://youtu.be/DzCetAUmDh0
As she puts it, she has always been a climber, always seeking to penetrate the next level, achieve the next goal, overcome the next barrier. So she has been a successful actress with movies under her belt. She has done dance and choreography. She has written books and screenplays. She has produced her own film and then went on to win an international director-producer award. She sings, and she mentors and teaches upcoming actors.
If you have never had the pleasure to meet her or work with her, this interview will give you a sample of this amazing, upbeat personality.
We at BigSkyVoices (You Tube) invite you to take a look.
Cat has already achieved more than many in the movie industry, and we have no doubt that her path is strong and focused, and we can't wait to see what happens next in her career.
As for us, Ben Boothe at www.benboothe.com or www.bootheglobalperspectives.com and Victor Waumett at www.storytellerfilms.com, we will be rooting for you Cat!
Video features the original song OM+ME, written by Catharine Pilafas, recorded and produced at Timbojo Productions studio in Albuquerque, N.M. and features vocals from: Adam Burch, Monique Candelaria, Tiffany Neeley, and Catharine Pilafas.
"My eyes had gradually adapted to the dwindling light outside as the horse stumbled through stones and gorse, so it was a shock to step from near-dark into what seemed a blaze of light inside. As the dazzle receded, I could see that in fact the single room was lit only by a fire, several candlesticks, and a dangerously old-fashioned-looking oil lamp.
“What is it ye have there, Murtagh?”
The weasel-faced man grabbed me by the arm and urged me blinking into the firelight.
“A Sassenach wench, Dougal, by her speech.”
- excerpt from Diana Gabaldon's series, Outlander
On a solo road trip to Phoenix to spend my mother's birthday with her, I discovered I wanted to be nothing more than a "Sassenach." All thanks to Diana Gabaldon's series, Outlander. Audio booking is rather a precious past time of mine. Like I am earning a currency that feels like I am buying back time. Read by Davina Porter, a master of the United Kingdom dialects, I was in love, lust, and adventure blushed by the books end. Summoned to parrot back the dialogue and descriptions read aloud in British, Scottish, and all of the delightful in between, I soon realized I must teach Voice and Dialects again. Below is information about how you too, can be a bonny lass, Scottish highlander, an Irish spirit and beyond.
In Voice + Speech and Introduction to Dialects, actors will explore and garner the tools to free their natural human voice. Actors will learn the Kristin Linklater and Rudolf Laban methods and develop awareness to recognize and shift unnecessary tension in the face, voice and body to evoke “relaxed readiness.” The class will also introduce the IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet) which is the basis of learning dialects. The dialects that will be taught: British, Irish, Russian, and German. Actors will practice a dialect of their choice in an assigned scene or monologue to be performed for the final class.
EARLY BIRD PRICE- $241.88
(ENDS September 18th at 11:59PM)
REGULAR PRICE - $295.63
It is a huge honor to win the Chimaera Project's In (H)er (D)irection Film Competition! Co-Executive Directors of the Chimaera Project, Shana Betz and America Young, created a contest for female filmmakers to make a 2 minute film about why we direct, what we bring to directing, and any challenges we have faced as a filmmaker. The film could be interview style and include clips from our work. The Chimaera Project's powerful team has advisory board members with notable powerhouses, Anjelica Houston and Octavia Spencer. "The Chimaera Project is dedicated to empowering women to reach their highest potential in the film, television and media industries. We are inspired to support filmmakers that are actively carving their mark into the developing entertainment landscape."
Check out my wining submission below. For a full list of awardees and their great films go to: chimaeraproject.org
Cat's second directorial work is the WWII drama, SEAGULL. The film's new site: www.seagullthefilm.com, has production stills, bios of the cast, and more about 2 Cats Productions. More about SEAGULL: During World War Two, a mysterious Frenchwoman who arrives on the English coast with an important message for the resistance encounters both aid and suspicion. SEAGULL has been submitted to festivals worldwide, more news about an international premiere, coming soon!
Bringing a little more Xanadu into the world.