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Thank you for attending the Catalyst Content Festival! We are excited to welcome you to Duluth, Minnesota - the Zenith City & a home for all artists.

The below sessions are meant to be used as a guide to help plan your time at the festival and track real-time schedule adjustments. This digital guide will always be the most accurate and up-to-date.

Seats for each session and screening will not be held for individuals. We encourage everyone to lineup for each block and attendees will be admitted on a first-come basis until capacity is reached.

Watch trailers for all official selection series on our website at catalystcontent.org/selections.

Please note that the majority of content screened at the festival is not suitable for children and contains adult content. Parental guidance is suggested.

Most importantly: have fun!

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Wednesday, October 9
 

9:15am

StoryWorld Sessions - Introduction & Welcome

StoryWorldSESSIONS : The Moment is Now

storycentral brings their storytelling expertise and writing series to the 2019 Catalyst Content Festival! Join them for an amazing lineup of writing-intensive sessions mornings Wednesday, October 9 - Friday, October 11 here at Catalyst in Duluth, MN.

This is the perfect way to start your day before jumping into production panels and screenings in the afternoon.

This is included with Industry & Creator VIP badges. An add-on pass is required to participate in this series of morning workshops for day pass and multiday passholders. Visit catalystcontent.org/storyworld for more details.

9:45am

StoryWorld Sessions - The Movement is Now : The Power of Collective Journey Narratives

with Jeff Gomez, Starlight Runner

storycentral brings their storytelling expertise and writing series to the 2019 Catalyst Content Festival! Join them for an amazing lineup of writing-intensive sessions mornings Wednesday, October 9 - Friday, October 11 here at Catalyst in Duluth, MN.

This is the perfect way to start your day before jumping into production panels and screenings in the afternoon.

This is included with Industry & Creator VIP badges. An add-on pass is required to participate in this series of morning workshops for day pass and multiday passholders. Visit catalystcontent.org/storyworld for more details.

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Gomez

Jeff Gomez

CEO, Starlight Runner Entertainment
Jeff Gomez, CEO of Starlight Runner, is an expert on brand narrative, story world development, creative franchise design, and transmedia storytelling. He specializes in the expansion of entertainment properties, premium brands, and socio-political themes into multi-platform communications... Read More →


10:00am

Jacob Krueger Studio Masterclass

The Pilot, The Bible & The Pitch
A Master Class with Jacob Krueger 

Whether you’re trying to sell an original pilot or get staffed on a TV show, to take the next step in your TV career you need more than just a great pilot or spec episode. You’ve got to understand how TV really works.

That means learning what producers, agents, managers, stars, studios and networks are actually looking for when they read your script.

It means  understanding how your script, pitch and Bible must work together to demonstrate not only the hook but also the engine of your project.

And most importantly, it means learning how to network, pitch, and talk about your project in a way that makes producers salivate.

More information available at catalystcontent.org/jacob-krueger-studio

Speakers

Wednesday October 9, 2019 10:00am - 6:00pm
August Fitgers Room 600 E Superior St. Duluth, MN 55802

11:00am

StoryWorld Sessions - A Study in Voice & Branding

with Jaclyn Amor and Juliet Lopez

storycentral brings their storytelling expertise and writing series to the 2019 Catalyst Content Festival! Join them for an amazing lineup of writing-intensive sessions mornings Wednesday, October 9 - Friday, October 11 here at Catalyst in Duluth, MN.

This is the perfect way to start your day before jumping into production panels and screenings in the afternoon.

This is included with Industry & Creator VIP badges. An add-on pass is required to participate in this series of morning workshops for day pass and multiday passholders. Visit catalystcontent.org/storyworld for more details.


11:45am

StoryWorld Sessions - Not the Usual Suspects: Competitive Edge Through Diversity

with Adam Gee

storycentral brings their storytelling expertise and writing series to the 2019 Catalyst Content Festival! Join them for an amazing lineup of writing-intensive sessions mornings Wednesday, October 9 - Friday, October 11 here at Catalyst in Duluth, MN.

This is the perfect way to start your day before jumping into production panels and screenings in the afternoon.

This is included with Industry & Creator VIP badges. An add-on pass is required to participate in this series of morning workshops for day pass and multiday passholders. Visit catalystcontent.org/storyworld for more details.

Speakers
avatar for Adam Gee

Adam Gee

Commissioning Editor, Red Bull Media House
Always on the look-out for fresh directorial and filmmaking talent, in particular 'proven emerging talent', people with at least a couple of excellent films under their belt


12:00pm

2:00pm

Drama 1: Cleaner Daze | Zero Point

Cleaner Daze
Welcome to The Cliffs, the one and only teen drug rehab in Santa Cruz, California. Nobody wants to be there, not even the staff. As the pent-up teens sneak around trying to do whatever they can to get high, Jasmine and her eccentric co-workers, addicts in recovery themselves, do their best to “treat” them. And once an addict, always an addict.

Zero Point
Consumed by the strange and abrupt death of her son, Dr. Alex Embry investigates a mysterious disease that she alone believes will bring about human colony collapse starting with the youngest generation first.



Wednesday October 9, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Zeitgeist Zinema 2 222 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802, USA

2:15pm

Documentary 1: Beneath the Ink

Beneath The Ink
In a time when society's belief systems are seemingly changing, or even reverting in time, one Ohio tattoo artist, Billy Joe White, is challenging his community by saying: "bring me your mistakes." Beneath the Ink is a timely look at hate and racism in the western foothills of the Appalachian region that reveals heartfelt stories of change and redemption.

2:15pm

Comedy 1: RenFest | Hypocrite | Vitality | Doxxed | Just Call Me Ripley | Le Meow Mort | Zebra

RenFest
RenFest is a narrative comedic television series that gives an insider's look into the personalities, politics, and pageantry behind renaissance festivals.


Hypocrite
Phil gives advice for a living but he’s never taken his own...it’s way easier for him to take advantage of people underestimating him for having Klippel Feil Syndrome.

Vitality
An animated series about the complicated world of love.

DOXXED
Asian American Rebecca Lo posts a racist joke online that goes viral. She must not only face the wrath of the ENTIRE internet, but she also must reexamine her own beliefs and privileges - as a person of color, she thought she couldn't be racist.

Just Call Me Ripley
Just Call Me Ripley is a coming out story where nobody cries! This comedic web series centers on Ripley whose group of diverse, queer, wacky friends will support her no matter what she decides about her sexuality - but that doesn’t always make things easier... (okay, maybe there’s a little crying).

Le Meow Mort
A woman gets a second chance to save her beloved cat, but not everything is what it seems to be.

Zebra
Two blood splattered little old ladies skulking through the bush, a real life super model, and tapioca pudding collide.


Wednesday October 9, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Zeitgeist Zinema 1 222 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802, USA

2:35pm

Drama 2: No Place to Fall | Americana | Dirt | ON

No Place To Fall
Clinging to his unsuccessful music career, a soon-to-be-father is offered a recording gig with a beautiful young up-and-comer, but soon finds that the demands of the music and needs of his growing family are impossible to balance without sacrificing part of himself.

​​​​Americana
A few years after the landslide victory of a new political party, a war for the very identity of America rages within the country. As violence and toxic policy infects the nation, Charlie Stanton is forced to leave his family farm and journey north; his fate, uncertain.

Dirt
Set on a Paiute Native American reservation, a girl named Nina struggles to find her missing sister, forced to navigate jurisdictional issues, corruption, and even resistance within her own family.

ON
In the near future, a weekly meeting of Device Addicts Anonymous (DAA) is the refuge for six strangers consumed by their virtual worlds. But when a new member joins the group, bringing with him something beyond addiction, they all begin to realize that their connection to the virtual and to each other may be far more than coincidence.







3:10pm

Drama 3: Shepherd

Shepherd
Fed up with the crime and murder plaguing his inner city New Orleans community, a Catholic priest with a violent past decides to take matters into his own hands.


Wednesday October 9, 2019 3:10pm - 3:55pm
Zeitgeist Zinema 2 222 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802, USA

3:30pm

Drama 4: Dreamer | Dad Man Walking | This is Desmondo Ray | Nothing to See | New Neighbors | The Rug | Evie | Lose it

Dreamer
Set in the near-future, a Latino comes home one day to discover he's been replaced by a "whiter" version of himself.

Dad Man Walking
Meet Johnny - a jingle writer in Chicago and single dad with full custody of his whip-smart daughter, Trudy. In the midst of a costly legal battle in family court, Johnny has to keep pushing forward in this dark comedy set to the cool sounds of the Quin Kirchner Group.

This Is Desmondo Ray
A peculiar man searches for love in a dark and troubling world.

Nothing to See
A visible girl in an invisible world.

New Neighbors
The Blackwell family moves into a new, predominantly white neighborhood. One day, in reaction to the rash of deaths of young Black men; Faye, the mother, decides to combat fear and treat with an age old strategy of door knocking. A gesture meant to create harmony only escalates tension in relationships, freak incidents, and absurd micro-aggression to a point where the family learns up close what it means to be an outsider.

The Rug
A young woman invites her siblings over to see her new rug.

Evie
Facing either the wrath of her parents or a forced marriage to a man more than twice her age, fifteen year old Evie makes an impossible choice.

Lose It
That feeling when you lose something you just had in your hand a moment ago.



Wednesday October 9, 2019 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Zeitgeist Zinema 1 222 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802, USA

4:00pm

Comedy 2: The Waiting Room | The Weekend Detectives

The Waiting Room

After an awkward introduction, two strangers are forced to interact when an earthquake traps them in a hospital waiting room.


The Weekend Detectives
Meet Alex and Alice McNally: part-time cops, full-time twins. Anything they say or do can and will be used against them. After their father, the former chief of police, died in the line of duty, the McNally twins were thrown into the force to fulfill his last dying wish. Underqualified and overconfident, they are only permitted to work weekends. They are assigned “special police tasks” which often get them “in way over their heads.”



4:00pm

Drama 5: Work/Friends | Trouble

Work/Friends
Sam is a sharp but indecisive millennial, torn between what a professional should be and what she is. When Sam is promoted ahead of her older and more experienced best friend Angie, unspoken tensions about class, age and sex erupt, jeopardizing the personal and professional relationships of everyone in the office.


Trouble
A talented, yet troubled, young movie starlet attempts to claw her way back onto Hollywood’s fickle A-list after her third stint in rehab, but it will take forming an unlikely union to find her way.



Wednesday October 9, 2019 4:00pm - 4:55pm
Zeitgeist Zinema 2 222 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802, USA

5:00pm

Festival Director's Welcome: Insight, Advice & Tips

Take this hour to ask Catalyst's Executive Director, Philip Gilpin, Jr., all your questions about the festival! Get all the inside info you need to make your festival week as productive and successful as possible. We want to ensure you feel comfortable and in control of your time in Duluth.

Topics include:

- What makes a TV/narrative festival different from a film festival?
- Setting your expectations for what to achieve in a week
- What are the best ways to approach a conversation about your project?
- Where can you maximize meeting the most people possible?
- How to prepare for the post-festival world of connections you'll make

Speakers
PG

Philip Gilpin, Jr.

Catalyst Content Festival


6:00pm

 
Thursday, October 10
 

9:00am

Jacob Krueger Studio Masterclass

The Pilot, The Bible & The Pitch
A Master Class with Jacob Krueger

Whether you’re trying to sell an original pilot or get staffed on a TV show, to take the next step in your TV career you need more than just a great pilot or spec episode. You’ve got to understand how TV really works.

That means learning what producers, agents, managers, stars, studios and networks are actually looking for when they read your script.

It means understanding how your script, pitch and Bible must work together to demonstrate not only the hook but also the engine of your project.

And most importantly, it means learning how to network, pitch, and talk about your project in a way that makes producers salivate.

More information available at catalystcontent.org/jacob-krueger-studio

Speakers

Thursday October 10, 2019 9:00am - 1:00pm
August Fitgers Room 600 E Superior St. Duluth, MN 55802

9:15am

StoryWorld Sessions - Good Morning & Freelancing: Protect Yourself & Your IP

with Vinca Jarrett, FilmPro Finance

storycentral brings their storytelling expertise and writing series to the 2019 Catalyst Content Festival! Join them for an amazing lineup of writing-intensive sessions mornings Wednesday, October 9 - Friday, October 11 here at Catalyst in Duluth, MN.

This is the perfect way to start your day before jumping into production panels and screenings in the afternoon.

This is included with Industry & Creator VIP badges. An add-on pass is required to participate in this series of morning workshops for day pass and multiday passholders. Visit catalystcontent.org/storyworld for more details.


Speakers
avatar for Vinca Jarrett

Vinca Jarrett

Entertainment Attorney & Executive Producer, Law Offices of Vinca Jarrett & FilmPro Finance
I am an entertainment attorney and executive producer of film and television.


10:00am

10:45am

StoryWorld Sessions - Interactive Storytelling: Straight Talk

with Steve Peters

Interactive Storytelling: Straight Talk

Everyone is talking about interactive storytelling, from Netflix’s Bandersnatch to Live Streaming Murder Mysteries. But what exactly does interactive mean, and when is it a good idea? Steve examines the realities of trying to tell a good story while giving your audience agency, and the importance of making the ask worth the extra effort.
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storycentral brings their storytelling expertise and writing series to the 2019 Catalyst Content Festival! Join them for an amazing lineup of writing-intensive sessions mornings Wednesday, October 9 - Friday, October 11 here at Catalyst in Duluth, MN.

This is the perfect way to start your day before jumping into production panels and screenings in the afternoon.

This is included with Industry & Creator VIP badges. An add-on pass is required to participate in this series of morning workshops for day pass and multiday passholders. Visit catalystcontent.org/storyworld for more details.



Speakers
avatar for Steve Peters

Steve Peters

Chief Interactive Officer, No Mimes Media
An Emmy-winning experience designer, Steve has worked on some of the world’s biggest and most innovative interactive experiences, including design and consulting work for Disney Imagineering R&D, Google, Microsoft, PBS, Legendary Television and Niantic Labs. His work has spanned... Read More →


11:00am

Angaelica Short Film Screenings
Celebrating 11 years of independent filmmakers, artists, screenwriters, actors and creative community, Angaelica is partnering with Catalyst to showcase dozens of powerful short films throughout the festival week.

The complete Angaelica schedule can be seen here: http://www.angaelica.com/festivals/2019festival/

Sponsors

Thursday October 10, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Brewer's Garage 207 E Michigan St, Duluth, MN 55802, USA

11:00am

Comedy 3: RenFest | Stubbz | Bootstrapped

RenFest
RenFest is a narrative comedic television series that gives an insider's look into the personalities, politics, and pageantry behind renaissance festivals.


Stubbz
Stubbz shows what it's really like having a first job. What it means to have a work family - the people that you sweat and toil with for minimum wage - and what it means to grow up at work.


Bootstrapped
Bootstrapped is a buddy comedy that follows two underdog entrepreneurs, Madeline and Aimee, as they struggle to be taken seriously launching their fashion + tech startup in their humble midwest hometown of Kansas City.

Thursday October 10, 2019 11:00am - 12:05pm
Zeitgeist Zinema 1 222 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802, USA

11:00am

Reality 1: Before We Wrap | Run

Before We Wrap
Before We Wrap is a late night talk show that embodies the aesthetic and energy of 90’s urban radio, recalibrated for a millennial audience. This lifestyle series features candid discussions on issues of race, gender, identity, health and wellbeing. Before We Wrap combines uniquely black, female, and urban rituals, to extract universally relatable themes and create a stimulating and thoughtful entertaining experience.

Run
Five female political experts transform the campaign of a woman running for office. In each episode of RUN, a different woman's campaign is transformed.



Thursday October 10, 2019 11:00am - 12:10pm
Zeitgeist Zinema 2 222 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802, USA

11:00am

Documentary 2: Beneath the Ink | Jeffrey T Larson

Beneath The Ink
In a time when society's belief systems are seemingly changing, or even reverting in time, one Ohio tattoo artist, Billy Joe White, is challenging his community by saying: "bring me your mistakes." Beneath the Ink is a timely look at hate and racism in the western foothills of the Appalachian region that reveals heartfelt stories of change and redemption.

Jeffrey T. Larson
This film follows the life of Jeffrey T. Larson, an artist and modern-day master of contemporary realism. Through chance encounters, failed pottery classes and desperate situations that drove him and his young family down to their last few cents, the film reveals the unwavering passion for oil painting that steered Larson to become one of today's most acclaimed artists. 



Thursday October 10, 2019 11:00am - 12:15pm
NorShor Theatre 211 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802, USA

11:45am

StoryWorld Sessions - Mainstreaming Marginalized Voices

with Carrie Cutforth, President & Executive Producer at Borken Creative

SALON: MAINSTREAMING MARGINALIZED IDENTITIES

As storytellers, how can we be inclusive of identities that are not our own? Who gets to tell whose stories? And how can we avoid common missteps and pitfalls when writing characters to reach underserved audiences?

Rabblerouser Carrie Cutforth will screen a demo reel for an upcoming interactive documentary to jumpstart an informal but lively discussion on the (mis)representation of queer and other marginalized identities.

The TOP SECRET demo reel to be screened is for a feature-length documentary that explores the representation of fictional LGBTQ+ characters on television, and the real-world impact that these negative or positive portrayals can have. (CONTENT WARNING: The video features depictions of queer deaths on television -- space will be made for those who would like to step out prior to the screening, but would still like to join back in on the discussions.)

Open to all creators who want to write it right and those frustrated by lack of representation, negative stereotypes, and queerbaiting.

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storycentral brings their storytelling expertise and writing series to the 2019 Catalyst Content Festival! Join them for an amazing lineup of writing-intensive sessions mornings Wednesday, October 9 - Friday, October 11 here at Catalyst in Duluth, MN.

This is the perfect way to start your day before jumping into production panels and screenings in the afternoon.

This is included with Industry & Creator VIP badges. An add-on pass is required to participate in this series of morning workshops for day pass and multiday passholders. Visit catalystcontent.org/storyworld for more details.


Speakers
avatar for Carrie Cutforth

Carrie Cutforth

President & Executive Producer, Borken Creative
Since 2010, Carrie Cutforth has been at the forefront of cutting-edge interactive storytelling in Canada. She has served as the roles of consultant, advisor, producer, and evaluator for all types of interactive projects including VR, AR, transmedia, web series, alternate reality games... Read More →


12:00pm

Angaelica Short Film Screenings
Celebrating 11 years of independent filmmakers, artists, screenwriters, actors and creative community, Angaelica is partnering with Catalyst to showcase dozens of powerful short films throughout the festival week.

The complete Angaelica schedule can be seen here: http://www.angaelica.com/festivals/2019festival/

Sponsors

Thursday October 10, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Brewer's Garage 207 E Michigan St, Duluth, MN 55802, USA

12:00pm

12:10pm

Documentary 3 with Q&A: Outsourced, The New Wisconsin Idea

Outsourced: The New Wisconsin Idea
UW-Superior suspended 25 programs, with no transparency. Following the aftermath of the program suspensions at UW-Superior, this film looks into the future of higher education in the state of Wisconsin through interviews with students, faculty, and community members.


Thursday October 10, 2019 12:10pm - 1:00pm
Zeitgeist Zinema 1 222 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802, USA

12:15pm

Drama 6: Limbo

LIMBO
1,600 years after his birth, Tearlach O'Rian works to save souls from Hell while battling his own demons.


Thursday October 10, 2019 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Zeitgeist Zinema 2 222 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802, USA

12:30pm

Comedy 4: Dreamer | Who You Are | The Lovelys

Dreamer
Set in the near-future, a Latino comes home one day to discover he's been replaced by a "whiter" version of himself.

Who You Are
The accidental invention of an asshole AI spells trouble for a tech startup in the late 80’s. While trying to construct a machine capable of providing the world’s most accurate personality quiz, three computer engineers in a small garage in Silicon Valley accidentally stumble upon a full-fledged artificial intelligence that can read souls.

The Lovelys
The Lovelys is a dark comedy that follows a family of quirky misfits who inhabit a remote area in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. The family, run by fierce and former drag queen, "Memaw Lovely," grapple with all the typical trials and tribulations of any close-knit family with one distinct difference - they're a pack of misguided killers!


Thursday October 10, 2019 12:30pm - 1:10pm
NorShor Theatre 211 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802, USA

1:00pm

Legal Office Hours
Legal Office Hours are a time for creators and producers to ask entertainment legal professionals detailed questions about the process of creating and selling their projects.

Walter G. Lehmann is managing partner of Lehmann PLC (formerly Lehmann Strobel PC). With
over 25 years of experience as an attorney and business consultant, Lehmann has represented
independent producers, artists, and writers, as well as museums and arts and cultural organizations
off all kinds.

Come with questions!

Speakers

1:10pm

Comedy 5: Le Meow Mort | Lazy Circles | Starship Goldfish

Le Meow Mort
A woman gets a second chance to save her beloved cat, but not everything is what it seems to be.

Lazy Circles
Lazy Circles is a single-camera comedy taking a look at the hilarity and excitement in a small Oklahoma town. Whether it’s the house-raiding librarian’s book burnings, the mayor’s citizen arrest machine that catches perverts, or deadly storms being tracked by a weatherman’s nose, there’s always something crazy happening in Goshè.

Starship Goldfish
Sam Sweetmilk just wants to die in a blaze of laser-frazzled glory. That’s all. When a man wipes all of his own memories, his reasons why included, and finds himself on a lonely starship in deep space with emptiness at his heels and confusion ahead, he can either build a new life like an adult, or refuse it entirely. Naturally he chose the latter.





Thursday October 10, 2019 1:10pm - 2:05pm
Zeitgeist Zinema 1 222 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802, USA

1:20pm

Reality 2: American Buskers | Small Business Revolution

American Buskers
American Buskers is an unscripted, Americana travel series from Dognose Media that takes the viewer across the country; from the sun drenched beaches of Key West to the foggy fish markets of Seattle, in search of America's best buskers.


The Small Business Revolution
Every Season, The Small Business Revolution lands in one small town - bringing a half million dollars, thousands of hours of work, expertise from across the country, and a national spotlight to the small businesses at the heart of the community. The project, and the documentary series that captures it, are testing a theory: can small businesses bring life to the towns that big industry has abandoned?



Thursday October 10, 2019 1:20pm - 2:00pm
Zeitgeist Zinema 2 222 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802, USA

1:25pm

Comedy 6: Hypocrite | This Isn't Me | Vitality | Just Call Me Ripley | Hexed

Hypocrite
Phil gives advice for a living but he’s never taken his own...it’s way easier for him to take advantage of people underestimating him for having Klippel Feil Syndrome.

This Isn’t Me
An earnest West Hollywood homosexual with a skewed sense of decorum chases meaning and intimacy, routinely humiliating himself and occasionally stumbling into moments of grace. Absurd, irreverent, and heartfelt, This Isn’t Me is a is a coming-of-age story for the developmentally deferred, a series about becoming the person you could be—if only you were someone else.

Vitality
An animated series about the complicated world of love.

Just Call Me Ripley
Just Call Me Ripley is a coming out story where nobody cries! This comedic web series centers on Ripley whose group of diverse, queer, wacky friends will support her no matter what she decides about her sexuality - but that doesn’t always make things easier... (okay, maybe there’s a little crying).

Hexed
Hexed is a Brooklyn-based comedy about Sammy and Pearl, two degenerate witches navigating the daily struggles of adulthood with the aid of their sub-par magical abilities and talking pet penis.







Thursday October 10, 2019 1:25pm - 2:30pm
NorShor Theatre 211 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802, USA

1:30pm

Special Presentation: Evie Screening and Discussion

  • Discussion on Human Trafficking/Child Marriage in America
  • EVIE Screening
  • Final thoughts or questions regarding EVIE or Using Television and Media to Inform and Inspire Change

Evie
Facing either the wrath of her parents or a forced marriage to a man more than twice her age, fifteen year old Evie makes an impossible choice.


1:30pm

Creating Your Own Content As An Actor

Speakers
avatar for Cathy Reinking

Cathy Reinking

Casting Director, Content Creator, Freelance
I've been a Casting Director since the early '90s, working on Frasier, Arrested Development, According to Jim, and many other shows, pilots, films, web series, commercials, plays - you name the genre, I've cast it. I also served as NBC's Manager of Casting, overseeing many pilots... Read More →


Thursday October 10, 2019 1:30pm - 2:45pm
August Fitgers Room 600 E Superior St. Duluth, MN 55802

2:00pm

Angaelica Short Film Screenings
Celebrating 11 years of independent filmmakers, artists, screenwriters, actors and creative community, Angaelica is partnering with Catalyst to showcase dozens of powerful short films throughout the festival week.

The complete Angaelica schedule can be seen here: http://www.angaelica.com/festivals/2019festival/

Sponsors

Thursday October 10, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Brewer's Garage 207 E Michigan St, Duluth, MN 55802, USA

2:15pm

Comedy 7: Embarrassing Parents Anonymous | Life Sucks | Brothers from the Suburbs

Embarrassing Parents Anonymous
When the embarrassing antics of newly-single dad Ben get out of control, his eleven-year-old daughter Lara joins a clandestine support group for kids like her: Embarrassing Parents Anonymous.

Life Sucks
Three awkward, adolescent “losers” are kicked out of their respective friend groups and team up to survive the harsh, dramatic world of middle school in the new millennium. Freaks and Geeks MEETS Wet Hot American Summer.

Brothers from the Suburbs
Brothers From the Suburbs is a short-form digital comedy series that chronicles the highs and lows of three black teenagers coming of age in an affluent, suburban, white private school community.




Thursday October 10, 2019 2:15pm - 3:20pm
Zeitgeist Zinema 2 222 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802, USA

2:15pm

Special Screening from Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College

Birthing Sovereignty
Birthing Sovereignty” features five Anishinaabe women on the Fond du Lac Reservation sharing Indigenous traditions for raising babies in this instructive and spiritual documentary produced by the Ojibwemowining Digital Arts Studio. After 200+ years of colonization, Ojibwe resilience is helping to revive the use of cradleboards, moss bags, and belly button pouches.

Petaki
For Native students, classrooms are oftentimes the first battlegrounds. Native students oftentimes must ignore assaults on real history and also their self-esteem for survival; it is a brutal process and results in the erasure of Native figures from history and the elevation of Europeans to a heightened place in history. Petaki is just one story of what happens when one student engages that battleground armed with real history and intentions not to be erased ever again.

Finiannit
Short documentary, continues the themes and work which In the Land of the Finndians -book (published in Finland in 2016) started. Featuring among others Lyz Jaakola, Rebecca and Jim Gawboy.


The Coyote Way
This sci-fi docu-narrative follows Charlie, who is forced to choose between joining a Native street gang or going on an epic pilgrimage. Featuring an entirely Native American cast, the film was shot in the Minneapolis neighborhoods of Phillips and Little Earth.

Thursday October 10, 2019 2:15pm - 4:15pm
Zeitgeist Zinema 1 222 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802, USA

2:35pm

The Telly Awards Film + Video Screening Series

Join The Telly Awards + Storyhunter for a screening of 10 award-winning short films, branded documentaries and animations, featuring pieces by Academy nominated directors, Tribeca Film Festival & SXSW Official selections and a behind-the-scenes documentary with FKA twigs among others. The 45 minute screening program has been curated by Telly Awards Managing Director, Sabrina Dridje, who will be in attendance and happy to answer any questions about The Telly Awards, the preeminent award honoring video and television across all screens!

Thursday October 10, 2019 2:35pm - 3:35pm
The Teatro 222 East Superior St., Duluth, MN

2:45pm

Drama 7: New Neighbors | 88

New Neighbors
The Blackwell family moves into a new, predominantly white neighborhood. One day, in reaction to the rash of deaths of young Black men; Faye, the mother, decides to combat fear and treat with an age old strategy of door knocking. A gesture meant to create harmony only escalates tension in relationships, freak incidents, and absurd micro-aggression to a point where the family learns up close what it means to be an outsider.

88
How one forsaken Queens precinct handled crime, policing, and politics in 1980’s New York. Detective Sica, who’s overzealous and looking to be a hero, is put under intense departmental pressure to solve a cop-killer case. When Detective Sica shoots and kills an innocent black teen, he must decide what’s more important, his freedom or self-preservation. Sica’s story dovetails with Brennan, an over-worked and anonymous assistant district attorney with mayoral aspirations. Brennan becomes a media darling after his younger brother Eddie, a rookie cop, is murdered. Brennan must decide whether or not to use his newfound political capital to jump his boss and run for mayor.





Thursday October 10, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
NorShor Theatre 211 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802, USA

3:00pm

The Casting Process for Content Creators

Speakers
avatar for Cathy Reinking

Cathy Reinking

Casting Director, Content Creator, Freelance
I've been a Casting Director since the early '90s, working on Frasier, Arrested Development, According to Jim, and many other shows, pilots, films, web series, commercials, plays - you name the genre, I've cast it. I also served as NBC's Manager of Casting, overseeing many pilots... Read More →


Thursday October 10, 2019 3:00pm - 4:15pm
August Fitgers Room 600 E Superior St. Duluth, MN 55802

3:30pm

Production Seminar - By Invite

By invite, advice on how to translate your creative vision to the screen. Achieving better sound quality, lighting tips, and more.

Those invited as part of their series submission status will have a seat reserved.

If there are empty seats at the start of the workshop, additional attendees will be admitted.

3:30pm

Drama 8: The is Desmondo Ray | SCRiBBLES | Stormchaser | Home Turf

This Is Desmondo Ray
A peculiar man searches for love in a dark and troubling world.

SCRiBBLES
Haunted by guilt and on thin ice at work, a disillusioned illustrator is pushed to the edge of sanity when his latest drawing springs off the page, splattering his monochrome world with color.

Stormchaser
All Bonnie Blue ever wanted was to chase tornadoes with her Dad. But dreams die with time. Now, up against a recession, she's become a different kind of storm chaser - hawking storm-doors "door-to-door" around Shamrock, USA, for her charismatic boss, Flip Smyth. As she grasps that Flip's doctrine of "Flip the Switch!" is just a way to exploit customers, a different kind of switch flips inside Bonnie - unleashing an inner and outer storm of violence.

Home Turf
Home Turf is an unlikely sisterhood that forms in the beige-toned half-basement of a foster home for “problem” teenage girls in the year 2000. Soon after arriving from Africa, Sahara, a mixed-race 15-year-old, is driven by CPS to a foster home in the suburbs. At the house, run by “Auntie,” she finds four teenage girls who object to her presence and make her life miserable. But little by little Sahara makes friends with the girls, turning enemies into allies against the ostracism of those around them.







Thursday October 10, 2019 3:30pm - 4:35pm
Zeitgeist Zinema 2 222 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802, USA

3:50pm

Reading The Room: How To Make Contacts, Capitalize on Relationships, and Leverage Your Current Project into Future Work

How To Make Contacts, Capitalize on Relationships, and Leverage Your Current Project into Future Work


Vinca Jarrett (Attorney)

Steve Adams (Buffalo 8, Head of Management Division)

Sofia Monroe (Day Maker Productions, Founder)

Erica Kraus (Producer)

Jesse Albert (Xpansive Media, President)

Mike Rotman (Writer/Producer/Director)

Speakers
avatar for Mike Rotman

Mike Rotman

CEO, Streamin' Garage
TV and web Writer/ Director/ Producer I've done a lot and I'm tired! (official bio below) I've been to every ITV/ Catalyst fest! I'll be speaking on a few panels as well as holding some writing sessions! Come find me and chat about your project and the industry! Mike Rotman is an... Read More →
SA

Steven Adams

Manager/Producer, Buffalo 8
Manager/Producer , represent Actors, Writers & Directors,company Buffalo 8 & Bondit which provides Senior Debt finance for independent films & Urban Books LLC which is currently producing 7 features.
JA

Jesse Albert

National Board Member, PGA / Former Sr. Agent, ICM / Adjunct Professor, USC, Xpansive Media
Jesse Albert is a board member of the Producers Guild of America New Media Counsel and is the President of Xpansive Media LLC through which he produces scripted and unscripted television, film and digital content. Previously Albert worked for Entertainment One to build a digital to... Read More →
avatar for Vinca Jarrett

Vinca Jarrett

Entertainment Attorney & Executive Producer, Law Offices of Vinca Jarrett & FilmPro Finance
I am an entertainment attorney and executive producer of film and television.


4:00pm

Angaelica Short Film Screenings
Celebrating 11 years of independent filmmakers, artists, screenwriters, actors and creative community, Angaelica is partnering with Catalyst to showcase dozens of powerful short films throughout the festival week.

The complete Angaelica schedule can be seen here: http://www.angaelica.com/festivals/2019festival/

Sponsors

Thursday October 10, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Brewer's Garage 207 E Michigan St, Duluth, MN 55802, USA

4:00pm

Comedy 8: Nothing to See | Top Dog | Comedic Timing

Nothing to See
A visible girl in an invisible world.

Top Dog
Katie McKenna is a plus size actress whose hunger for a higher purpose leads her to an unexpected new life working at one of Hollywood’s top agencies for famous dogs.

Comedic Timing
Comedic Timing is a comedy web series centered around an all women's improv class in a small town. The teacher, a jaded former comedian, will struggle to help her class sort out their personal lives, as her own careens out of control.

Thursday October 10, 2019 4:00pm - 5:10pm
NorShor Theatre 211 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802, USA

4:00pm

The College of St. Scholastica Special Screening Presentation & Discussion

Chris Parr (Flutter Brothers Productions, Founder)

Harris Dirnberger (Flutter Brothers Productions, Founder)

A special presentation by the creators of “Off the Cuf,” a documentary series that explores America’s most fascinating communities.


Thursday October 10, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm
The Teatro 222 East Superior St., Duluth, MN

4:25pm

Drama 9: Space Command

Space Command
A new series from Marc Scott Zicree, writer for Star Trek -- The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Babylon Five and many other shows, this hopeful vision of the future features Doug Jones (Star Trek Discovery, The Shape of Water), Mike Harney (Orange is the New Black, Project Blue Book), Robert Picardo (Star Trek Voyager, Stargate Atlantis), Mira Furlan (Lost, Babylon 5), Bill Mumy (Lost in Space, Babylon Five), Bruce Boxleitner (Babylon 5, Supergirl), Ethan McDowell (Doom Patrol), Bryan McClure (Atlanta, Mindhunter) and Aungelique Scott (Breaking News, Eye Of The Heart, The Real”).

Thursday October 10, 2019 4:25pm - 5:20pm
Zeitgeist Zinema 1 222 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802, USA

4:45pm

Drama 10: Hooked | Americana | Clear | Jones

Hooked
A dramedy set in 1986 San Francisco, a young man and woman meet at a video store, sparking a contentious love-hate relationship resembling an addiction that neither can quit. Together, they will commit a crime and flee to the island of Santorini, believing life in paradise will cure all that ails them.

Americana
A few years after the landslide victory of a new political party, a war for the very identity of America rages within the country. As violence and toxic policy infects the nation, Charlie Stanton is forced to leave his family farm and journey north; his fate, uncertain.

Clear
Clear follows Ember Bearheart Johnson's first day at home after a 16-year prison sentence for a crime she didn't commit. Reuniting with her daughter (who was an infant at the time she was incarcerated) is bittersweet as she uncovers how her family's lives have gone on without her after all these years.

Jones
Aware that her drinking has become destructive, Jones takes a go at living the sober life. Not wanting to be someone else’s problem, she pushes away help and comes face to face with herself and her lack of control.







Thursday October 10, 2019 4:45pm - 5:40pm
Zeitgeist Zinema 2 222 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802, USA

6:00pm

7:30pm

Industry Welcome Cocktail Party
"Welcome to Duluth" hosted by Mayor Emily Larson with guest Melodie Bahan, Executive Director of the MN Film and TV Office.

Location will be sent to applicable badge holders via email.

Thursday October 10, 2019 7:30pm - 9:30pm
TBA
 
Friday, October 11
 

9:00am

Jacob Krueger Studio Masterclass

The Pilot, The Bible & The Pitch
A Master Class with Jacob Krueger

Whether you’re trying to sell an original pilot or get staffed on a TV show, to take the next step in your TV career you need more than just a great pilot or spec episode. You’ve got to understand how TV really works.

That means learning what producers, agents, managers, stars, studios and networks are actually looking for when they read your script.

It means understanding how your script, pitch and Bible must work together to demonstrate not only the hook but also the engine of your project.

And most importantly, it means learning how to network, pitch, and talk about your project in a way that makes producers salivate.

More information available at catalystcontent.org/jacob-krueger-studio

Speakers

Friday October 11, 2019 9:00am - 12:30pm
The Teatro 222 East Superior St., Duluth, MN

9:15am

StoryWorld Sessions - Good Morning & The Power of LOL

with Caissie St Onge & Mike Rotman

storycentral brings their storytelling expertise and writing series to the 2019 Catalyst Content Festival! Join them for an amazing lineup of writing-intensive sessions mornings Wednesday, October 9 - Friday, October 11 here at Catalyst in Duluth, MN.

This is the perfect way to start your day before jumping into production panels and screenings in the afternoon.

This is included with Industry & Creator VIP badges. An add-on pass is required to participate in this series of morning workshops for day pass and multiday passholders. Visit catalystcontent.org/storyworld for more details.



Speakers
avatar for Mike Rotman

Mike Rotman

CEO, Streamin' Garage
TV and web Writer/ Director/ Producer I've done a lot and I'm tired! (official bio below) I've been to every ITV/ Catalyst fest! I'll be speaking on a few panels as well as holding some writing sessions! Come find me and chat about your project and the industry! Mike Rotman is an... Read More →


10:00am

10:45am

StoryWorld Sessions - Franchises, Storyworlds & Licensing

Alec Shankman in conversation with Jesse Albert

storycentral brings their storytelling expertise and writing series to the 2019 Catalyst Content Festival! Join them for an amazing lineup of writing-intensive sessions mornings Wednesday, October 9 - Friday, October 11 here at Catalyst in Duluth, MN.

This is the perfect way to start your day before jumping into production panels and screenings in the afternoon.

This is included with Industry & Creator VIP badges. An add-on pass is required to participate in this series of morning workshops for day pass and multiday passholders. Visit catalystcontent.org/storyworld for more details.



Speakers
JA

Jesse Albert

National Board Member, PGA / Former Sr. Agent, ICM / Adjunct Professor, USC, Xpansive Media
Jesse Albert is a board member of the Producers Guild of America New Media Counsel and is the President of Xpansive Media LLC through which he produces scripted and unscripted television, film and digital content. Previously Albert worked for Entertainment One to build a digital to... Read More →


11:00am

Live Script Reading - "The Rebound"
The Rebound, Matthieu Silberstein
The Rebound takes place in a futuristic world where humans have recently found out that if anybody reaches the age of 125, their body regenerates to their early 20s. A gift for those who can afford the health care necessary to keep their heart beating until their rebound day and a catastrophe for a civilization dealing with the dire consequences of over-population. While politicians try to cope with the many implications of this new fact of life on society, across the globe people start to rebound. Some to live the life they want after living the life they were supposed to. Some to resume their life's work. Or in the case of Cody, who spent half of his first life in prison, for revenge.

Friday October 11, 2019 11:00am - 11:15am
August Fitgers Room 600 E Superior St. Duluth, MN 55802

11:00am

Angaelica Short Film Screenings
Celebrating 11 years of independent filmmakers, artists, screenwriters, actors and creative community, Angaelica is partnering with Catalyst to showcase dozens of powerful short films throughout the festival week.

The complete Angaelica schedule can be seen here: http://www.angaelica.com/festivals/2019festival/

Sponsors

Friday October 11, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Brewer's Garage 207 E Michigan St, Duluth, MN 55802, USA

11:00am

Drama 11 with Q&A: Stormchaser | Immortal

Stormchaser

All Bonnie Blue ever wanted was to chase tornadoes with her Dad. But dreams die with time. Now, up against a recession, she's become a different kind of storm chaser - hawking storm-doors "door-to-door" around Shamrock, USA, for her charismatic boss, Flip Smyth. As she grasps that Flip's doctrine of "Flip the Switch!" is just a way to exploit customers, a different kind of switch flips inside Bonnie - unleashing an inner and outer storm of violence.

Immortal
A high school track star comes clean about sexual misconduct with her coach, but the teacher she confesses to may have ulterior motives of his own.



Friday October 11, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Zeitgeist Zinema 1 222 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802, USA

11:00am

Comedy 9 with Q&A: Dreamer | The Waiting Room | The Lovelys | Zebra

Dreamer
Set in the near-future, a Latino comes home one day to discover he's been replaced by a "whiter" version of himself.

The Waiting Room
After an awkward introduction, two strangers are forced to interact when an earthquake traps them in a hospital waiting room.

The Lovelys
The Lovelys is a dark comedy that follows a family of quirky misfits who inhabit a remote area in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. The family, run by fierce and former drag queen, "Memaw Lovely," grapple with all the typical trials and tribulations of any close-knit family with one distinct difference - they're a pack of misguided killers!

Zebra
Two blood splattered little old ladies skulking through the bush, a real life super model, and tapioca pudding collide.


Friday October 11, 2019 11:00am - 12:10pm
NorShor Theatre 211 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802, USA

11:00am

Comedy 10 with Q&A: Hypocrite | Hexed | PreMortem

Hypocrite
Phil gives advice for a living but he’s never taken his own...it’s way easier for him to take advantage of people underestimating him for having Klippel Feil Syndrome.

Hexed
Hexed is a Brooklyn-based comedy about Sammy and Pearl, two degenerate witches navigating the daily struggles of adulthood with the aid of their sub-par magical abilities and talking pet penis.

Pre Mortem
Alina, a directionless, millennial post office worker is forced to face inevitable life lessons when the spirit of her recently-deceased ex-boyfriend starts communicating with her via Face-Time.



Friday October 11, 2019 11:00am - 12:20pm
Zeitgeist Zinema 2 222 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802, USA

11:15am

Live Script Reading - "Millennial Divorce Club"
Millennial Divorce Club, Ethan David & Jorja Hudson
The series ‘Millennial Divorce Club’ will explore the question; “How does getting divorced in your twenties compare to getting divorced later in life?” The theme of the show is that the seemingly-frivolous problems of millennial divorcees are analogous to those of middle-aged divorcees who appear to have more at stake.

Friday October 11, 2019 11:15am - 11:30am
August Fitgers Room 600 E Superior St. Duluth, MN 55802

11:30am

Live Script Reading - "Vaccine"
Vaccine, Matthew Ballen
When her young daughter gets sick from a mysterious vaccine, a mother must battle dark supernatural forces to save her. But her toughest enemies might be her own complicated past—as well as a group of parents who opposed the vaccine in the first place.

Friday October 11, 2019 11:30am - 11:45am
August Fitgers Room 600 E Superior St. Duluth, MN 55802

11:45am

Live Script Reading - "Butch Pal for the Straight Gal"
Butch Pal for the Straight Gal, Ally Johnson
In a world where societal pressures often force women to act, dress and conform to unrealistic feminine stereotypes, five queer women, each with their own specialty, help straight women re-discover their true identity and offer tips on how they can overcome outdated gender roles. With areas of expertise including Fashion, Grooming, Cooking, Design, and Culture, straight women will learn everything from simplifying their morning routine to life skills traditionally attributed to men.


Friday October 11, 2019 11:45am - 12:00pm
August Fitgers Room 600 E Superior St. Duluth, MN 55802

12:00pm

Live Script Reading - "Protect & Conserve"
Protect & Conserve, Daniel Olson
A northwoods procedural, Protect & Conserve follows conservation officers in the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources as they investigate all sorts of crimes against nature.

Friday October 11, 2019 12:00pm - 12:15pm
August Fitgers Room 600 E Superior St. Duluth, MN 55802

12:00pm

Angaelica Short Film Screenings
Celebrating 11 years of independent filmmakers, artists, screenwriters, actors and creative community, Angaelica is partnering with Catalyst to showcase dozens of powerful short films throughout the festival week.

The complete Angaelica schedule can be seen here: http://www.angaelica.com/festivals/2019festival/

Sponsors

Friday October 11, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Brewer's Garage 207 E Michigan St, Duluth, MN 55802, USA

12:05pm

Drama 12 with Q&A: Hooked | ON | Jones


Hooked
A dramedy set in 1986 San Francisco, a young man and woman meet at a video store, sparking a contentious love-hate relationship resembling an addiction that neither can quit. Together, they will commit a crime and flee to the island of Santorini, believing life in paradise will cure all that ails them.

ON
In the near future, a weekly meeting of Device Addicts Anonymous (DAA) is the refuge for six strangers consumed by their virtual worlds. But when a new member joins the group, bringing with him something beyond addiction, they all begin to realize that their connection to the virtual and to each other may be far more than coincidence.

Jones
Aware that her drinking has become destructive, Jones takes a go at living the sober life. Not wanting to be someone else’s problem, she pushes away help and comes face to face with herself and her lack of control.


Friday October 11, 2019 12:05pm - 1:00pm
Zeitgeist Zinema 1 222 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802, USA

12:15pm

Live Script Reading - "The Fourth Wall"
The Fourth Wall, Allyson Morgan
The Fourth Wall is a half-hour comedy about high school students who start their own community theater in the break room of a pizza shop.

Friday October 11, 2019 12:15pm - 12:30pm
August Fitgers Room 600 E Superior St. Duluth, MN 55802

12:30pm

Live Script Reading - "Butterhead"
Butterhead, Jean Sramek
Evelyn, a terrible person, wants to be Princess Kay of the Milky Way in the worst way. A dark comedy set at the Minnesota State Fair.

Friday October 11, 2019 12:30pm - 12:45pm
August Fitgers Room 600 E Superior St. Duluth, MN 55802

12:30pm

Comedy 12 with Q&A: That Was Awesome! | Punching Bag | I'm F%$#ing Fine


That Was Awesome!
When a floor hockey team of adults with special needs gets pushed around one too many times off-the-court, they decide to stand up for themselves on-the-court in the game of a lifetime.

Punching Bag
A dark comedy following a lonely romantic man who becomes a punching bag for disillusioned women to right the evils of all men.

I'm F%$#ing Fine
A numb suburban mom, repressed by the exclusive pill-popping community of Paradise, rebels her way to freedom.

Friday October 11, 2019 12:30pm - 1:35pm
Zeitgeist Zinema 2 222 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802, USA

12:30pm

Comedy 11 with Q&A: Embarrassing Parents Anonymous | Chartered

Embarrassing Parents Anonymous
When the embarrassing antics of newly-single dad Ben get out of control, his eleven-year-old daughter Lara joins a clandestine support group for kids like her: Embarrassing Parents Anonymous.

Chartered
Intelligent, flippant and outspoken freshman student, Eric Scutella, and Jessica Graham, a fiery, fledgling teacher navigate through their first day at the ultra-conservative, small, suburban Charter high school they each begrudgingly found themselves situated at to begin with.


Friday October 11, 2019 12:30pm - 1:40pm
NorShor Theatre 211 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802, USA

12:45pm

Live Script Reading - "Developmental"
Developmental, Tommy Heleringer
A never-made-it actor in New York struggles to get it out - whether it's pain, diarrhea, or an inner demon with a dildo problem - until he creates a show from his own life and learns what it truly means to "make it."


Friday October 11, 2019 12:45pm - 1:00pm
August Fitgers Room 600 E Superior St. Duluth, MN 55802

12:45pm

Television Academies: Television's Impact on Social Change

History in the making as the leaders of the two Television Academies join together for a conversation about the future of TV.

Timothy Egan (NATAS)
Adam Sharp (NATAS)
Maury McIntyre (Television Academy)
Susan Spencer (Television Academy)

Speakers
AS

Adam Sharp

CEO, NATAS
MM

Maury McIntyre

Television Academy


1:00pm

Live Script Reading - "Pitch Palace"
Pitch Palace, Pablo Andreu
At the dawn of the "fake news" era, a young public relations executive invents a visionary techpreneur in order to survive in her dysfunctional work environment.

Friday October 11, 2019 1:00pm - 1:15pm
August Fitgers Room 600 E Superior St. Duluth, MN 55802

1:00pm

Legal Office Hours
Legal Office Hours are a time for creators and producers to ask entertainment legal professionals detailed questions about the process of creating and selling their projects.

Matt Valentinas, Attorney, Sennott, Williams, Rogers

Come with questions!

1:05pm

Drama 13 with Q&A: No Place To Fall | Currency

No Place To Fall
Clinging to his unsuccessful music career, a soon-to-be-father is offered a recording gig with a beautiful young up-and-comer, but soon finds that the demands of the music and needs of his growing family are impossible to balance without sacrificing part of himself.

Currency
Currency takes place in a small town one week after all banking, credit, and electronic monetary records disappear. People only have the food in their homes, the money in their pockets, and fading faith that their bank accounts will come back. A Cuban immigrant father and his daughter run the town's gas station and realize that they have the two things everyone needs as the country is plunged into crisis: food and gasoline. But the family finds itself deeply divided about what to do with its newfound "wealth."



Friday October 11, 2019 1:05pm - 2:10pm
Zeitgeist Zinema 1 222 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802, USA

1:15pm

Live Script Reading - "The Met"
The Met, Barry Leach
In 1920, a naïve young woman from a poor family dreams of being an opera singer at the New York Metropolitan Opera, where the prima donna tries to hide her early stages of Parkinson’s disease, and the other performers and maestros must overcome grief, morphine addiction, heavy debts, extreme guilt, and PTSD, while navigating prohibition, and the hatred of Germans -- and its impresario is German.

Friday October 11, 2019 1:15pm - 1:30pm
August Fitgers Room 600 E Superior St. Duluth, MN 55802

1:15pm

Live Podcast Performance - Take It With You

The all original live radio theatre podcast from Duluth, MN… Whether in outer space, the old west, fantasy-dragon-land, or back at the tavern, each new 60-minute adventure is filled with original music, laughs, sound effects, conversation & beer swilling! Advice from local leaders & experts, plus performances from regional guest artists, round out every show captured in front of a live audience.

https://takeitwithyou.org/

Friday October 11, 2019 1:15pm - 2:45pm
The Teatro 222 East Superior St., Duluth, MN

1:30pm

Live Script Reading - "FLOW"
Flow, Jordan Jaffe
Set in the high stakes international oil business of the 1970’s, young bi-sexual Texas oilman Charlie Kurtz struggles to save his family’s oil company from the threat of Libyan strongman Mummar Qadaffi’s nationalizations of oil fields owned by American firms. Turning to his former lover, a prominent Saudi Prince for help, Charlie must maneuver against the board room machinations of his half-brother and a crusading local big haired journalist in a winner take all game of survival of the fittest with global implications.

Friday October 11, 2019 1:30pm - 1:45pm
August Fitgers Room 600 E Superior St. Duluth, MN 55802

1:45pm

Live Script Reading - "The Adventures of Ash and Owen"
The Adventures of Ash and Owen, Arun Narayanan
In their predominately white middle school in Connecticut, two preteen social outcasts, one Indian-American and one African-American, form a partnership that unexpectedly propels them to the top of the social ladder.

Friday October 11, 2019 1:45pm - 2:00pm
August Fitgers Room 600 E Superior St. Duluth, MN 55802

1:45pm

Drama 14 with Q&A: Clear | Patiri in the Promised Land

Clear
Clear follows Ember Bearheart Johnson's first day at home after a 16-year prison sentence for a crime she didn't commit. Reuniting with her daughter (who was an infant at the time she was incarcerated) is bittersweet as she uncovers how her family's lives have gone on without her after all these years.

Patiri In The Promised Land
A young immigrant from Zimbabwe befriends a bookstore owner in hopes of forming an alliance that could help her remain in her country of choice. Her own lies create an outcome she could never have predicted.


Friday October 11, 2019 1:45pm - 2:55pm
Zeitgeist Zinema 2 222 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802, USA

1:55pm

Documentary 4 with Q&A: Magnolia's Hope

Magnolia’s Hope
When three-year-old Magnolia Tesler was diagnosed with Rett Syndrome, her parents didn’t know what to do. This intimate documentary follows the Tesler family as they spring into action in an effort to cure their daughter from a rare, debilitating disorder.

Friday October 11, 2019 1:55pm - 3:00pm
NorShor Theatre 211 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802, USA

2:00pm

Live Script Reading - "The Naked Eye"
The Naked Eye, Sean Skelton
In the near future, a young woman executes clandestine missions for a mysterious global network with extraterrestrial ties, but revelations about her displaced life are enlightening her to the dark truths of her existence.

Friday October 11, 2019 2:00pm - 2:15pm
August Fitgers Room 600 E Superior St. Duluth, MN 55802

2:00pm

Angaelica Short Film Screenings
Celebrating 11 years of independent filmmakers, artists, screenwriters, actors and creative community, Angaelica is partnering with Catalyst to showcase dozens of powerful short films throughout the festival week.

The complete Angaelica schedule can be seen here: http://www.angaelica.com/festivals/2019festival/

Sponsors

Friday October 11, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Brewer's Garage 207 E Michigan St, Duluth, MN 55802, USA

2:00pm

Working with Brands for Content Creation

How to market alongside a brand and foster the relationship once contact has been made.

Alec Shankman (Abrams Artists Agency, Co-Managing Partner - Alternative Programming, Licensing & Digital Media)

Marcus Peterzell (Passion Point Collective, Founder)

Emilienne Gray (Tiny Horse, Executive Vice President, Original Content & Programming)

Arbi Pedrossian (Fox Digital, Creative Executive)

Moderator:
Jesse Albert (Xpansive Media, President)

Speakers
JA

Jesse Albert

National Board Member, PGA / Former Sr. Agent, ICM / Adjunct Professor, USC, Xpansive Media
Jesse Albert is a board member of the Producers Guild of America New Media Counsel and is the President of Xpansive Media LLC through which he produces scripted and unscripted television, film and digital content. Previously Albert worked for Entertainment One to build a digital to... Read More →


2:15pm

Live Script Reading - "County of Kings"
County of Kings, Dave Chan
County of Kings is a serialized crime-drama about four close friends of different ethnicities who rise to the thrones of their criminal empires and must choose between bonds of friendship and family loyalty as the underworld vie for control of Brooklyn in the 1980s.

Friday October 11, 2019 2:15pm - 2:30pm
August Fitgers Room 600 E Superior St. Duluth, MN 55802

2:25pm

Comedy 13 with Q&A: RenFest | Lazy Circles

RenFest
RenFest is a narrative comedic television series that gives an insider's look into the personalities, politics, and pageantry behind renaissance festivals.

Lazy Circles
Lazy Circles is a single-camera comedy taking a look at the hilarity and excitement in a small Oklahoma town. Whether it’s the house-raiding librarian’s book burnings, the mayor’s citizen arrest machine that catches perverts, or deadly storms being tracked by a weatherman’s nose, there’s always something crazy happening in Goshè.


Friday October 11, 2019 2:25pm - 3:15pm
Zeitgeist Zinema 1 222 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802, USA

2:45pm

Live Script Reading - "Public Course"
Public Course, Micah Cohen & Matthew Mullen
15 years after losing his leg in Afghanistan, a former blue-collar golf prodigy must battle addiction and his own demons to reclaim his life and career.

Friday October 11, 2019 2:45pm - 3:00pm
August Fitgers Room 600 E Superior St. Duluth, MN 55802

3:00pm

Live Script Reading - "RUST"
Rust, Justin Moran
While trying to scrape a living in the asteroid belt, the members of a mining ship pick up a survivor from an old shipwreck, which launches them into a world of bounty hunters and a mammoth mining conglomerate.

Friday October 11, 2019 3:00pm - 3:15pm
August Fitgers Room 600 E Superior St. Duluth, MN 55802

3:00pm

Special Live Comedy Presentation: The History Of Standup

Veteran comedian Wayne Federman and his fellow student Andrew Steven host a rare live recording of their critically-acclaimed podcast, The History of StandUp. Federman (also an adjunct professor at USC) has spent his adult life practicing and studying the art of stand-up comedy. Utilizing rare short audio clips and interviews the two hosts weave together the fascinating and hilarious journey of comics from vaudeville to Netflix. The History of StandUp Podcast has been featured in The NY Times, Forbes Magazine, The A.V Club, Interrobang, Geekiverse, and Paste. Jesse Fox, Vulture Magazine's senior editor, stated: "Wayne Federman knows more about the history of comedy than anyone I’ve ever spoken to.” @Federman @AndrewSteven

Friday October 11, 2019 3:00pm - 3:45pm
The Teatro 222 East Superior St., Duluth, MN

3:05pm

Comedy 14 with Q&A: Life Sucks | Companion

Life Sucks
Three awkward, adolescent “losers” are kicked out of their respective friend groups and team up to survive the harsh, dramatic world of middle school in the new millennium. Freaks and Geeks MEETS Wet Hot American Summer.


Companion
When NBA superstar Jay “J-Train” Tyrell is arrested for soliciting drugs and prostitution, he hires sober companion Nick Foster to keep him on the straight and narrow. Can Nick help this star shine again or will he slide into relapse and irrelevance?


Friday October 11, 2019 3:05pm - 4:15pm
NorShor Theatre 211 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802, USA

3:15pm

Live Script Reading - "MILL CITY"
Mill City, Nickolaus Swedlund
Mill City is a premium hour-long drama based on the McKenzie mystery novels by author David Housewright. Ex-St. Paul cop Rushmore McKenzie has more time, and more money, than he knows what to do with. In fact, when he's willing to admit it to himself (and he usually isn't), McKenzie is downright bored. Until he decides to do a favor for a friend facing a family tragedy: nine-year-old Stacy Carlson has been diagnosed with leukemia, and the only one with the matching bone marrow that can save her is her older sister, Jamie. Trouble is, Jamie ran away from home years ago.

Friday October 11, 2019 3:15pm - 3:30pm
August Fitgers Room 600 E Superior St. Duluth, MN 55802

3:15pm

Comedy 15 with Q&A: Susaneland | Dog Walker

Susaneland
Surreal and darkly comedic vignettes from one young woman's life are the basis for this short-form episodic series.

Dog Walker
After losing custody of her children in a contentious divorce, Jill who now works as a dog walker and lives in the low income section of her upscale town, takes revenge on a privileged client.





Friday October 11, 2019 3:15pm - 4:10pm
Zeitgeist Zinema 2 222 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802, USA

3:15pm

Practical Aspects of Inclusive Casting and Hiring

Discuss the value of diversity, mistakes directors/ produces/ casting agents make when seeking out talent, and how to make choices that move the needle.

Tanya Bershadsky (Casting Influence, Founder)

Barbara McCarthy (Casting Director)

Sade Sellers (1oneninety5, VP of Content Acquisitions & Development)

Moderator:
Leif Cervantes de Reinstein (Sheppard Mullin, Partner)"




3:20pm

Drama 15 with Q&A: Dad Man Walking | Promoter in Paradise | Work/Friends

Dad Man Walking
Meet Johnny - a jingle writer in Chicago and single dad with full custody of his whip-smart daughter, Trudy. In the midst of a costly legal battle in family court, Johnny has to keep pushing forward in this dark comedy set to the cool sounds of the Quin Kirchner Group.

Promoter in Paradise
Tuti, a recent college grad with big dreams is struggling to catch a break in the dog-eat-dog job market – especially with the added pressure of a mother looking to see her married. Upon stumbling into the aftermath of a major party, Tuti accidentally lands a role with Bali’s premier event manager, Tina. Tuti must not only survive the next 48 hours but also pull off the party of the year to keep her dream alive.

Work/Friends
Sam is a sharp but indecisive millennial, torn between what a professional should be and what she is. When Sam is promoted ahead of her older and more experienced best friend Angie, unspoken tensions about class, age and sex erupt, jeopardizing the personal and professional relationships of everyone in the office.




Friday October 11, 2019 3:20pm - 4:45pm
Zeitgeist Zinema 1 222 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802, USA

3:30pm

Live Script Reading - "Ecco, Idaho"
Ecco, Idaho, Christian Lybrook
On the dusty outskirts of Eisenhower’s America, George Hennesey, a failed geophysicist who has never forgiven himself for the disappearance of his sister, and Cat Clausen, a teenage rebel outcast, stumble into greatest technology race the world has ever known when Cat’s best friend vanishes off the face of the planet.

Friday October 11, 2019 3:30pm - 3:45pm
August Fitgers Room 600 E Superior St. Duluth, MN 55802

3:30pm

Writer's Room

Interactive and relaxed. Setting up a live writers room environment and working on story and jokes.

Mike Rotman (Writer/ Producer)

Caissie St. Onge (Writer/ Producer)

Speakers
avatar for Mike Rotman

Mike Rotman

CEO, Streamin' Garage
TV and web Writer/ Director/ Producer I've done a lot and I'm tired! (official bio below) I've been to every ITV/ Catalyst fest! I'll be speaking on a few panels as well as holding some writing sessions! Come find me and chat about your project and the industry! Mike Rotman is an... Read More →


3:45pm

Live Script Reading - "Nasty Habits"
Nasty Habits, Juliette Cohen
Nasty Habits follows the tumultuous journey of newbie nun, Sister Marie Graves, who has recently fled her former life in showbiz to become a newly minted nun-in-training at The Sisters of St. Augustine. Though eager to follow her calling, Marie finds that life inside the convent is much crazier than anything she ever experienced in the outside world. These sisters are out for blood and when Marie’s deadbeat ex returns with some outstanding debts he believes he’s owed, Marie will have a choice: retreat back to the quiet desperation of her old life or try and mark her territory in what seems like a veritable wolves den. "Orange Is The New Black" meets "Mean Girls" set in a convent. Inspired by a true story.

Friday October 11, 2019 3:45pm - 4:00pm
August Fitgers Room 600 E Superior St. Duluth, MN 55802

4:00pm

Live Script Reading - "Fish Food"
Fish Food, Grace Hayden & Amy Stoner
Maneuvering online dating in midlife while hiding her sex addiction, Alex pursues being a fly fishing guide for the top fresh water predator as the path to learning how to love again. Fish Food is a story of finding healing by embracing vulnerability and brokenness. It also invites the viewer to follow their own heart as the only true way to find satisfying love and peace. Transformation is work. It is intentional. It is often messy and scary. And, the guides who help us the most often come in surprising guises.

Friday October 11, 2019 4:00pm - 4:15pm
August Fitgers Room 600 E Superior St. Duluth, MN 55802

4:00pm

Angaelica Short Film Screenings
Celebrating 11 years of independent filmmakers, artists, screenwriters, actors and creative community, Angaelica is partnering with Catalyst to showcase dozens of powerful short films throughout the festival week.

The complete Angaelica schedule can be seen here: http://www.angaelica.com/festivals/2019festival/

Sponsors

Friday October 11, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Brewer's Garage 207 E Michigan St, Duluth, MN 55802, USA

4:00pm

Your TV Show Would Make a Better Podcast; Nuts and Bolts of Podcasting

Stephen Perlstein (Studio71, Director, Podcast Network)

Amanda Marzolf (Abrams Artists Agency, Senior Agent, Alternative Programming and Podcasts)

Moderator/ Panel Member:
Thom Woodley (Dropout/ CollegeHumor, Executive Creative Director)

Speakers
avatar for Stephen Perlstein

Stephen Perlstein

Director, Podcasts, Studio71
Here to make great podcasts come to life, get heard more, and monetize effectively.


Friday October 11, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
The Teatro 222 East Superior St., Duluth, MN

4:15pm

Live Script Reading - "Tales From Suburbia"
Tales From Suburbia, Kristi Gescheidler & Michael Sapieja
Meet the Goodwins. An all American family living in a small suburban town in the 1950's. The neighbors envy Maxine, who is the perfect housewife and mother. But if the neighbors only knew about her darkside. Each episode begins with a narration by her psychiatrist Dr. Schroder, giving glimpses into Maxine psyche. Episodes place current day issues into the 1950's.

Friday October 11, 2019 4:15pm - 4:30pm
August Fitgers Room 600 E Superior St. Duluth, MN 55802

4:25pm

Drama 16 with Q&A: New Neighbors | Shepherd

New Neighbors
The Blackwell family moves into a new, predominantly white neighborhood. One day, in reaction to the rash of deaths of young Black men; Faye, the mother, decides to combat fear and treat with an age old strategy of door knocking. A gesture meant to create harmony only escalates tension in relationships, freak incidents, and absurd micro-aggression to a point where the family learns up close what it means to be an outsider.

Shepherd
Fed up with the crime and murder plaguing his inner city New Orleans community, a Catholic priest with a violent past decides to take matters into his own hands.



Friday October 11, 2019 4:25pm - 5:35pm
NorShor Theatre 211 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802, USA

4:30pm

Live Script Reading - "Scouts"
Scouts, Rachel Ravel
Lucy, a pot-smoking, class-cutting, underachieving high school senior must participate in an extracurricular activity to get into her dream art school in New York City. With all the good extracurriculars already full, Lucy only has one option, the Girl Scouts.

Friday October 11, 2019 4:30pm - 4:45pm
August Fitgers Room 600 E Superior St. Duluth, MN 55802

4:30pm

Reality 3 with Q&A: Before We Wrap | Run

Before We Wrap
Before We Wrap is a late night talk show that embodies the aesthetic and energy of 90’s urban radio, recalibrated for a millennial audience. This lifestyle series features candid discussions on issues of race, gender, identity, health and wellbeing. Before We Wrap combines uniquely black, female, and urban rituals, to extract universally relatable themes and create a stimulating and thoughtful entertaining experience.


Run
Five female political experts transform the campaign of a woman running for office. In each episode of RUN, a different woman's campaign is transformed.

Friday October 11, 2019 4:30pm - 5:55pm
Zeitgeist Zinema 2 222 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802, USA

4:50pm

Drama 17 with Q&A: The Rug | Inpatient | Trouble

The Rug
A young woman invites her siblings over to see her new rug.

Inpatient
An unlikely group of strangers in a NYC psych ward must learn how to cope without losing their minds – at least no more than the world already thinks they have.

Trouble
A talented, yet troubled, young movie starlet attempts to claw her way back onto Hollywood’s fickle A-list after her third stint in rehab, but it will take forming an unlikely union to find her way.






Friday October 11, 2019 4:50pm - 6:10pm
Zeitgeist Zinema 1 222 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802, USA

5:15pm

"East of La Brea" & Emerging Development Models: Screening and Fireside Chat with Laura Fischer and Margari Aziza Hill

Screening:
"East of La Brea" tracks the untold stories of LA through the lives of two very different Muslim women from working class backgrounds: Aisha, a Black Muslim, and her Bangladeshi-American roommate, Farha.

Followed by...
Fireside Chat with
Laura Fischer (PowderKeg, CEO)
Margari Aziza Hill (Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative, Executive Director)
Halima Lucas (Writer)




Margari Hill
Exec. Director, Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative


Margari Aziza-Hill is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative (MuslimARC), a media based human rights education organization. She is an independent researcher and freelance writer with articles and chapters published in Time , Huffington Post, and How We Fight White Supremacy . She is a consultant and prolific educator with experience training screenwriters, consulting media and entertainment, teaching at primary, secondary and post-secondary institutions, serving as an instructor, curriculum designer, professional development trainer, and drafter of school policy.
Hill has an M.A. in History of the Middle East and Islamic Africa from Stanford University. Her research includes anti-colonial resistance among West Africans in Sudan during the early 20th century, transformations in Islamic learning in Northern Nigeria, International Student programs at Al-Azhar and Cairo University, and the criminalization of Black Muslims in the U.S. She is a public speaker who lectures in universities and community centers throughout the country.

Laura Fischer
CEO, Powderkeg Media


Laura is CEO of Powderkeg, Paul Feig’s digital content company that champions new voices with a commitment to female and LGBTQ creators and filmmakers of color. Fueled by the belief that entertainment should be fully inclusive, she and Paul started Powderkeg in an effort to empower and bring exposure to previously underrepresented voices that are new and distinct. In 2018 Powderkeg also launched Break the Room with Sameer Gardezi, focused on inclusive development with diverse writers. Prior to founding Powderkeg, Laura was Head of Production & Development at Yahoo! Originals, where she was responsible for overseeing production and creative for scripted and un-scripted original series. Some of Yahoo!’s tentpole original productions included Community: Season 6 (Sony), Other Space (Paul Feig), and Sin City Saints (Mike Tollin). Before joining Yahoo! In 2013, Laura was Senior Manager of Production and Current Programming for the Disney-ABC Television Group Digital Studio. Ms. Fischer led the team responsible for the 2011 Emmy award-winning Oscar Digital Experience. She was also responsible for the short form video created to support shows that air on ABC Primetime, ABC Daytime, and ABC Family. Laura is a member of the Producer’s Guild of America and the Television Academy having served on the board and executive committee for each organization, respectively.


Friday October 11, 2019 5:15pm - 7:00pm
The Teatro 222 East Superior St., Duluth, MN

6:00pm

6:00pm

Music Scoring Workshop with Live Orchestra

Minnesota composers and musicians from the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra will demonstrate music techniques for narrative, animation, and documentary scoring. Learn how a composer chooses different orchestral colors and musical styles to elevate a scene. Hosted by composer Charlie McCarron of Film Score Fest, and featuring the composer brothers Marty, Karl, and Will Brueggemann, creators of the UnderScore Podcast.

Charlie McCarron breaks down his method for creating the sound of the STARZ documentary Silicone Soul, by Melody Gilbert.

Marty Brueggemann talks about scoring for orchestra in the animated short film “My Favorite Forehead,” by John Akre.

Karl and Will Brueggemann discuss the composer/orchestrator relationship used in the narrative short film “Love at First Fight,” by Kristin & Justin Schaack.

Q&A with the composers and conductor Kurt Hattenberger.

7:00pm

Industry Party Sponsored by Abrams Artists Agency
Location will be sent to applicable badge holders via email.


Friday October 11, 2019 7:00pm - 11:00pm
TBA
 
Saturday, October 12
 

9:30am

Writing Workshop with Threshold

Exposes aspiring writers to the elements of a television writers’ room, from building strong character dynamics to navigating the ins and outs of creative collaboration. 

An add-on pass is required to participate in this day-long workshop. Visit catalystcontent.org/threshold for more details.

Jennifer Court (Kung Fu Monkey Productions, Executive Producer)

William Jehu Garroutte (Threshold Writers Workshop,Founder)

Sponsors

Saturday October 12, 2019 9:30am - 4:30pm
August Fitgers Room 600 E Superior St. Duluth, MN 55802

10:00am

Angaelica Short Film Screenings
Celebrating 11 years of independent filmmakers, artists, screenwriters, actors and creative community, Angaelica is partnering with Catalyst to showcase dozens of powerful short films throughout the festival week.

The complete Angaelica schedule can be seen here: http://www.angaelica.com/festivals/2019festival/

Sponsors

Saturday October 12, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Brewer's Garage 207 E Michigan St, Duluth, MN 55802, USA

10:00am

10:30am

How to Make Festivals Work For Your Career: Catalyst/ Series Fest Joint Roundtable Discussion

Festival executives from Catalyst Content Festival, SeriesFest, and Toronto International Film Festival talk with creators about how t use their time wisely. What are realistic goals for festival attendance? Who should you try and speak to a festival? What is the best way to interact with execs at festivals?

Claire Taylor (SeriesFest, Director of Programming)

Tiffany L. Gray (Catalyst Content Festival, Vice President of Programming)

Ravi Srinivasan (Toronto International Film Festival, International Programmer, Features)

Moderator:
Juliet Lopez (Conde Nast)

Speakers
avatar for Claire Taylor

Claire Taylor

Director of Programming, SeriesFest


Saturday October 12, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
The Teatro 222 East Superior St., Duluth, MN

10:45am

ColorCreative: Premiere of "King Ester" and Q&A

Premiere and Q&A of "King Ester"

This is the story of Ester, a trans woman struggling to find her path in New Orleans during the week before Hurricane Katrina. In the face of an evacuation order, Ester is forced to make a choice that will impact her future forever. Will she get out in time?

Moderator/ Panel Member: Deniese Davis (COO, Issa Rae Productions| ColorCreative)

Rowinn Amone (Lead Actress in King Ester)

Dui Jarrod (Creator, King Ester)

Saturday October 12, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am
NorShor Theatre 211 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802, USA

10:45am

Pitch Competition Final Presentations

Catalyst Content Festival has teamed with Big Vision Empty Wallet for their third annual pitch competition!

Three finalists chosen from submissions will receive an exclusive opportunity to develop expertly crafted pitches with the Big Vision team leading up to and at the festival.

The final pitches will be presented at the festival where they will receive feedback in front of a live audience on October 12th, who will then have the opportunity to vote for the winner. The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony.

Last year’s winner, HILO, a series created by Lorena Russi received a development deal and has been working with the Big Vision team to bring the project to buyers.

Founded in 2010 by Dani Faith Leonard and Alex Cirillo, Big Vision Empty Wallet is an incubator and production company that develops and amplifies unique voices in film and TV. Find out more at BigVisionEmptyWallet.com.

The finalists are:


Coming For You

Created by Taylor Coriell and Adriana DeGirolami

A mockumentary-style comedy about a passionate film director and her crew who take their jobs as filmmakers way too seriously given that they are, well, making porn.



Georgi & The Bot

Created by Jade Daugherty and Fred Soligan

When Georgi’s company tasks her with training “Opto,” a robot that will eventually replace her, she accidentally teaches it to be a neurotic mess, jeopardizing both of their futures.



Super Girlfriend

Created by Allyson Morgan

SUPER GIRLFRIEND is a superhero story, told from the perspective of the superhero’s girlfriend. When a woman finds out the man she’s falling for is part of an underground superhero network, she must she must decide if their new romance can survive her own priorities and his extraordinary circumstances.


11:00am

Documentary 5 with Q&A: Jeffrey T. Larson

Jeffrey T. Larson
This film follows the life of Jeffrey T. Larson, an artist and modern-day master of contemporary realism. Through chance encounters, failed pottery classes and desperate situations that drove him and his young family down to their last few cents, the film reveals the unwavering passion for oil painting that steered Larson to become one of today's most acclaimed artists.

Saturday October 12, 2019 11:00am - 12:05pm
Zeitgeist Zinema 2 222 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802, USA

11:00am

Comedy 17 with Q&A: Bootstrapped | Everyone Is Doing Great


Bootstrapped
Bootstrapped is a buddy comedy that follows two underdog entrepreneurs, Madeline and Aimee, as they struggle to be taken seriously launching their fashion + tech startup in their humble midwest hometown of Kansas City.


Everyone Is Doing Great
Seth and Jeremy enjoyed relative success from ‘Eternal’, a hit television vampire drama. Five years after their show has ended, they lean on each other as they struggle to reclaim their previous level of success and relevance, awkwardly navigating the perils of life and love amidst a humorously painful coming of age.


Attendees are invited to attend the panel "The Hustle: Independent Content Funding" directly following this screening in the Teatro theater for an integrated discussion experience.

Saturday October 12, 2019 11:00am - 12:20pm
Zeitgeist Zinema 1 222 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802, USA

11:00am

Legal Office Hours
Legal Office Hours are a time for creators and producers to ask entertainment legal professionals detailed questions about the process of creating and selling their projects.

Danny Miller

Leif Cervantes de Reinstein, Partner, SheppardMullin

Attorneys will be here throughout the day to assist when your questions.


Saturday October 12, 2019 11:00am - 1:00pm
Swim Conference Room 1 310 E Superior St Suite 220 Duluth, MN 55802

11:40am

SAG Workshop

A look at the contracts that apply to filmmakers/producers of indie narrative series, what the terms mean, and how to work through the entire SAG-AFTRA process in the correct way.

Saturday October 12, 2019 11:40am - 12:40pm
The Teatro 222 East Superior St., Duluth, MN

12:00pm

Angaelica Short Film Screenings
Celebrating 11 years of independent filmmakers, artists, screenwriters, actors and creative community, Angaelica is partnering with Catalyst to showcase dozens of powerful short films throughout the festival week.

The complete Angaelica schedule can be seen here: http://www.angaelica.com/festivals/2019festival/

Sponsors

Saturday October 12, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Brewer's Garage 207 E Michigan St, Duluth, MN 55802, USA

12:15pm

Increasing Diversity in the Development Process

Understanding the mechanics of the development process, including how to give and receive creative notes at all levels and how to develop with an eye on diversity.

Zennen Clifton (3BlackDot, Executive Vice President)

Damian Pelliccione (Revry, CEO)

Deniese Davis (COO, Issa Rae Productions| ColorCreative)

Kaylani Esparza (Producer)

David Person (IFC, Manager, Original Programming & Production)

Moderator: Jaclyn Amor


12:15pm

Drama 18 with Q&A: Dirt | 88

Dirt
Set on a Paiute Native American reservation, a girl named Nina struggles to find her missing sister, forced to navigate jurisdictional issues, corruption, and even resistance within her own family.

88
How one forsaken Queens precinct handled crime, policing, and politics in 1980’s New York. Detective Sica, who’s overzealous and looking to be a hero, is put under intense departmental pressure to solve a cop-killer case. When Detective Sica shoots and kills an innocent black teen, he must decide what’s more important, his freedom or self-preservation. Sica’s story dovetails with Brennan, an over-worked and anonymous assistant district attorney with mayoral aspirations. Brennan becomes a media darling after his younger brother Eddie, a rookie cop, is murdered. Brennan must decide whether or not to use his newfound political capital to jump his boss and run for mayor.






Saturday October 12, 2019 12:15pm - 1:40pm
Zeitgeist Zinema 2 222 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802, USA

12:20pm

Animation 1 with Q&A: This is Desmondo Ray | Vitality | Starship Goldfish

This Is Desmondo Ray
A peculiar man searches for love in a dark and troubling world.

Vitality
An animated series about the complicated world of love.

Starship Goldfish
Sam Sweetmilk just wants to die in a blaze of laser-frazzled glory. That’s all. When a man wipes all of his own memories, his reasons why included, and finds himself on a lonely starship in deep space with emptiness at his heels and confusion ahead, he can either build a new life like an adult, or refuse it entirely. Naturally he chose the latter.


Saturday October 12, 2019 12:20pm - 1:15pm
NorShor Theatre 211 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802, USA

12:25pm

Comedy 16 with Q&A: Stubbz | This Isn't Me | Who You Are

Attendees are invited to attend the panel "Techniques for Creating a Narrative Series" directly following this screening in the Teatro theater for an integrated discussion experience.


Stubbz
Stubbz shows what it's really like having a first job. What it means to have a work family - the people that you sweat and toil with for minimum wage - and what it means to grow up at work.


This Isn’t Me
An earnest West Hollywood homosexual with a skewed sense of decorum chases meaning and intimacy, routinely humiliating himself and occasionally stumbling into moments of grace. Absurd, irreverent, and heartfelt, This Isn’t Me is a is a coming-of-age story for the developmentally deferred, a series about becoming the person you could be—if only you were someone else.

Who You Are
The accidental invention of an asshole AI spells trouble for a tech startup in the late 80’s. While trying to construct a machine capable of providing the world’s most accurate personality quiz, three computer engineers in a small garage in Silicon Valley accidentally stumble upon a full-fledged artificial intelligence that can read souls.




Saturday October 12, 2019 12:25pm - 1:45pm
Zeitgeist Zinema 1 222 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802, USA

12:50pm

The Hustle: Independent Content Funding

The panel will feature panelists speaking from a variety of different points along the path to success, from having completed funding for their first project to having leveraged their work into great careers.

Attendees are invited to attend the screening "Comedy 17 with Q&A" directly prior to this panel in Zeitgeist Zinema 1 for an integrated discussion experience.


Zeke Thomas (Mindjam Media, Executive Producer)

Brenden Sokler (Writer/ Producer)

Lenay Chantelle (Musician/ Influencer)

Alexandra Park (Actress/Producer)

Shakina Nayfack (Performer, Writer, Director, Producer, and Social Activist)

Andrew Peterson (FilmNorth, Executive Director)




Speakers
avatar for Brendan Sokler

Brendan Sokler

Punching Up Productions
avatar for Zeke Rodrigues Thomas

Zeke Rodrigues Thomas

Executive Producer, Mindjam Media
Talk to me about: screenwriting, creative development and producing in the digital space. I mean ... or combat sports, surfing or functional fitness


Saturday October 12, 2019 12:50pm - 1:50pm
The Teatro 222 East Superior St., Duluth, MN

1:30pm

Animation Creation, Sponsored by Nice Moves

Nancy Cartwright (Spotted Cow/The Simpsons, CEO)

Danny Robashkin (MAKE, Founder)

Kathy Yerich (PIXEL FARM, Executive Producer)

Andy Reynolds (MOTION 504, Founder)

Greg Shultz (GASKET, CCO)

Alicia Reece (FOREIGN FAUNA, Creative Director)

Josh Stifter (FLUSH STUDIOS, Founder)

Moderator: Mike Owens (WOMO STUDIO, Co-Founder)

Speakers
avatar for Mike Owens

Mike Owens

Owner/Director, WOMO Studio
An independent animation studio producing original content with local, national and global partners. Co-owned my Documentary Filmmaker/Animator Wendie Owens and Emmy Award-winning Director/Animator Mike Owens. Currently in production on "RISDAHL LOVES" a short animated story of love... Read More →
avatar for Alicia Reece

Alicia Reece

President, Nice Moves
Alicia (Reece) Allen is an artist with an entrepreneurial spirit, driven by her love for education, mentorship and community. Over the years, her passion for community has inspired her to build systems to bring people together. For example, Alicia is a founding member of Nice Moves... Read More →
DR

Danny Robashkin

Creative Director, MAKE
avatar for Greg Shultz

Greg Shultz

Director / Creative Director / Founder, Gasket Studios / Engines Running
Interests:Creative Content Creation / Broadcast /AR / VR / Story / Entrepreneu / Start Ups / Brand messaging / Strategy


Saturday October 12, 2019 1:30pm - 2:45pm
NorShor Theatre 211 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802, USA

1:45pm

Drama 19: That Was Awesome! | Promoter In Paradise

That Was Awesome!
When a floor hockey team of adults with special needs gets pushed around one too many times off-the-court, they decide to stand up for themselves on-the-court in the game of a lifetime.

Promoter in Paradise
Tuti, a recent college grad with big dreams is struggling to catch a break in the dog-eat-dog job market – especially with the added pressure of a mother looking to see her married. Upon stumbling into the aftermath of a major party, Tuti accidentally lands a role with Bali’s premier event manager, Tina. Tuti must not only survive the next 48 hours but also pull off the party of the year to keep her dream alive.



Saturday October 12, 2019 1:45pm - 2:30pm
Zeitgeist Zinema 2 222 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802, USA

1:55pm

Comedy 18: Susaneland | Companion

Susaneland
Surreal and darkly comedic vignettes from one young woman's life are the basis for this short-form episodic series.

Companion
When NBA superstar Jay “J-Train” Tyrell is arrested for soliciting drugs and prostitution, he hires sober companion Nick Foster to keep him on the straight and narrow. Can Nick help this star shine again or will he slide into relapse and irrelevance?


Saturday October 12, 2019 1:55pm - 2:45pm
Zeitgeist Zinema 1 222 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802, USA

2:00pm

Angaelica Short Film Screenings
Celebrating 11 years of independent filmmakers, artists, screenwriters, actors and creative community, Angaelica is partnering with Catalyst to showcase dozens of powerful short films throughout the festival week.

The complete Angaelica schedule can be seen here: http://www.angaelica.com/festivals/2019festival/

Sponsors

Saturday October 12, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Brewer's Garage 207 E Michigan St, Duluth, MN 55802, USA

2:00pm

Techniques for Creating a Narrative Series

Breaking the process down of teasing a concept into a full narrative that has legs and longevity.

Attendees are invited to attend the screening "Comedy 16 with Q&A" directly prior to this panel in Zeitgeist Zinema 1 for an integrated discussion experience.

Josh Butler (Writer/Director)

Katherine Fisher (Speed of Joy, Founder)

Luke Kelly-Clyne (Big Breakfast, Head of Development)

Pamela Cederquist (Writer)

Moderator: Karl Gajdusek (Showrunner)

Speakers
JB

Joshua Butler

Director, Iceblink Films
Filmmaker. Foodie. Fanboy.


Saturday October 12, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
The Teatro 222 East Superior St., Duluth, MN

2:35pm

Comedy 19: Hysterical Women | Chartered

Hysterical Women
Hysterical Women is a dark comedy about gender in the workplace, in our current political and sociological climate. It follows Alexa - the overlooked co-founder of a music marketing firm - as she realizes that all her buddies in the office might not be such good guys. The women in this office are ready for a revolution. Will Alexa have the guts to do anything about it? Can she be the leader they need?

Chartered
Intelligent, flippant and outspoken freshman student, Eric Scutella, and Jessica Graham, a fiery, fledgling teacher navigate through their first day at the ultra-conservative, small, suburban Charter high school they each begrudgingly found themselves situated at to begin with.




Saturday October 12, 2019 2:35pm - 3:35pm
Zeitgeist Zinema 2 222 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802, USA

2:45pm

Drama 20 with Q&A: Cleaner Daze | Zero Point

Cleaner Daze
Welcome to The Cliffs, the one and only teen drug rehab in Santa Cruz, California. Nobody wants to be there, not even the staff. As the pent-up teens sneak around trying to do whatever they can to get high, Jasmine and her eccentric co-workers, addicts in recovery themselves, do their best to “treat” them. And once an addict, always an addict.


Zero Point
Consumed by the strange and abrupt death of her son, Dr. Alex Embry investigates a mysterious disease that she alone believes will bring about human colony collapse starting with the youngest generation first.


2:55pm

Drama 21: Dad Man Walking | Inpatient

Dad Man Walking
Meet Johnny - a jingle writer in Chicago and single dad with full custody of his whip-smart daughter, Trudy. In the midst of a costly legal battle in family court, Johnny has to keep pushing forward in this dark comedy set to the cool sounds of the Quin Kirchner Group.

Inpatient
An unlikely group of strangers in a NYC psych ward must learn how to cope without losing their minds – at least no more than the world already thinks they have.



Saturday October 12, 2019 2:55pm - 3:35pm
Zeitgeist Zinema 1 222 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802, USA

3:00pm

A Conversation with Abrams Artists Agency

A curated panel of Abrams Artists Agency agents and featured clients will share how they are respectively advocating for and creating inspired content in this rapidly changing media landscape.  Proprietary strategies will be shared to help Catalyst participants properly navigate the ever-evolving industry.

Saturday October 12, 2019 3:00pm - 4:15pm
NorShor Theatre 211 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802, USA

3:15pm

Reality 4: Weird City with Amber Nash | Caminantes

Weird City with Amber Nash
A hilarious travel show exploring the strange side of cities across the country, starring Amber Nash.

Caminantes (Walkers)
“Caminantes” from Venezuela leave and cross Colombia on foot, fleeing the crisis. Jóse R Guzmán shows the stark truth of thousands of Venezuelans from within. Between shelters, long daily walks, and low temperatures with very few provisions, a vivid and humorous experience develops, as no one has done it before.



Saturday October 12, 2019 3:15pm - 4:15pm
The Teatro 222 East Superior St., Duluth, MN

3:30pm

Writer's Room
Interactive and relaxed. Setting up a live writers room environment and working on story and jokes.

Mike Rotman (Writer/ Producer)

Caissie St. Onge (Writer/ Producer)

3:40pm

Drama 22: Immortal | Lose It

Immortal
A high school track star comes clean about sexual misconduct with her coach, but the teacher she confesses to may have ulterior motives of his own.

Lose It
That feeling when you lose something you just had in your hand a moment ago.



Saturday October 12, 2019 3:40pm - 4:10pm
Zeitgeist Zinema 2 222 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802, USA

3:40pm

Comedy 20: I'm F%$#ing Fine | Punching Bag | Dog Walker | Zebra

I'm F%$#ing Fine
A numb suburban mom, repressed by the exclusive pill-popping community of Paradise, rebels her way to freedom.


Punching Bag
A dark comedy following a lonely romantic man who becomes a punching bag for disillusioned women to right the evils of all men.

Dog Walker
After losing custody of her children in a contentious divorce, Jill who now works as a dog walker and lives in the low income section of her upscale town, takes revenge on a privileged client.

Zebra
Two blood splattered little old ladies skulking through the bush, a real life super model, and tapioca pudding collide.




Saturday October 12, 2019 3:40pm - 4:35pm
Zeitgeist Zinema 1 222 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802, USA

4:00pm

Angaelica Short Film Screenings
Celebrating 11 years of independent filmmakers, artists, screenwriters, actors and creative community, Angaelica is partnering with Catalyst to showcase dozens of powerful short films throughout the festival week.

The complete Angaelica schedule can be seen here: http://www.angaelica.com/festivals/2019festival/

Sponsors

Saturday October 12, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Brewer's Garage 207 E Michigan St, Duluth, MN 55802, USA

4:15pm

Drama 23: Currency | The System

Currency
Currency takes place in a small town one week after all banking, credit, and electronic monetary records disappear. People only have the food in their homes, the money in their pockets, and fading faith that their bank accounts will come back. A Cuban immigrant father and his daughter run the town's gas station and realize that they have the two things everyone needs as the country is plunged into crisis: food and gasoline. But the family finds itself deeply divided about what to do with its newfound "wealth."

The System
A group of teenagers clash with overzealous police as "The War on Drugs” expands into a middle-class suburban community.


4:20pm

Documentary 6: Outsourced, The New Wisconsin Idea

Outsourced: The New Wisconsin Idea
UW-Superior suspended 25 programs, with no transparency. Following the aftermath of the program suspensions at UW-Superior, this film looks into the future of higher education in the state of Wisconsin through interviews with students, faculty, and community members.

Saturday October 12, 2019 4:20pm - 5:00pm
The Teatro 222 East Superior St., Duluth, MN

4:30pm

Keynote & Catalyst Lifetime Achievement Award: Nancy Cartwright

Nancy Cartwright is an actress and voice actor best known the world over as Bart Simpson. She has numerous additional “hats” as a producer, philanthropist, community leader, volunteer and author.

Saturday October 12, 2019 4:30pm - 6:00pm
NorShor Theatre 211 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802, USA

5:05pm

Drama 24: The Rug | Chosen

The Rug
A young woman invites her siblings over to see her new rug.

Chosen
Atara Hirsch's father has been missing for three weeks and declared deceased. But when Atara's estranged Uncle Yoni returns from Kiev, taking her father's place at the head of the table, Atara is unwilling to move on. Unable to accept her father’s death and growing increasingly curious about Yoni’s inconvenient arrival, Atara continues to search for her father in secret.



Saturday October 12, 2019 5:05pm - 5:35pm
The Teatro 222 East Superior St., Duluth, MN

5:20pm

Comedy 21: Doxxed | PreMortem

DOXXED
Asian American Rebecca Lo posts a racist joke online that goes viral. She must not only face the wrath of the ENTIRE internet, but she also must reexamine her own beliefs and privileges - as a person of color, she thought she couldn't be racist.

Pre Mortem
Alina, a directionless, millennial post office worker is forced to face inevitable life lessons when the spirit of her recently-deceased ex-boyfriend starts communicating with her via Face-Time.



6:00pm

6:30pm

Comedy Show - Adult Sex Ed

Catalyst Content Festival is excited to host a special performance of the live comedy show ADULT SEX ED! Created and hosted by Advisory Board Member Dani Faith Leonard, ADULT SEX ED aims to plug the holes in your sex education through hilarious exploratory deep dives into sexual topics and stories from Dani and special guests.  The focus of Saturday’s show will be Sex Ed and Television. America’s failure to provide accurate sex education in schools is comedy’s gain!

“Sex Ed Is Back — And It's Nothing Like What They Taught in School” - Shondaland

“In Adult Sex Ed, Leonard has truly crafted the ultimate teaching platform. Her shows are immersive, smart, entertaining, beautifully curated, and they absolutely stay with you after the lights go down.” - Honeysuckle Magazine




Saturday October 12, 2019 6:30pm - 7:30pm
The Teatro 222 East Superior St., Duluth, MN

7:30pm

Industry Party Sponsored By Abrams Artists Agency
Location will be sent to applicable badge holders via email.


Saturday October 12, 2019 7:30pm - 7:45pm
TBA
 
Sunday, October 13
 

10:00am

11:00am

Reality 6 with Q&A: Caminantes

Caminantes (Walkers)
“Caminantes” from Venezuela leave and cross Colombia on foot, fleeing the crisis. Jóse R Guzmán shows the stark truth of thousands of Venezuelans from within. Between shelters, long daily walks, and low temperatures with very few provisions, a vivid and humorous experience develops, as no one has done it before.

11:00am

Comedy 22 with Q&A: Le Meow Mort | Top Dog

Le Meow Mort
A woman gets a second chance to save her beloved cat, but not everything is what it seems to be.


Top Dog
Katie McKenna is a plus size actress whose hunger for a higher purpose leads her to an unexpected new life working at one of Hollywood’s top agencies for famous dogs.



Sunday October 13, 2019 11:00am - 12:05pm
Zeitgeist Zinema 2 222 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802, USA

11:00am

Drama 25 with Q&A: SCRiBBLES | Space Command

SCRiBBLES
Haunted by guilt and on thin ice at work, a disillusioned illustrator is pushed to the edge of sanity when his latest drawing springs off the page, splattering his monochrome world with color.

Space Command
A new series from Marc Scott Zicree, writer for Star Trek -- The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Babylon Five and many other shows, this hopeful vision of the future features Doug Jones (Star Trek Discovery, The Shape of Water), Mike Harney (Orange is the New Black, Project Blue Book), Robert Picardo (Star Trek Voyager, Stargate Atlantis), Mira Furlan (Lost, Babylon 5), Bill Mumy (Lost in Space, Babylon Five), Bruce Boxleitner (Babylon 5, Supergirl), Ethan McDowell (Doom Patrol), Bryan McClure (Atlanta, Mindhunter) and Aungelique Scott (Breaking News, Eye Of The Heart, The Real”).



Sunday October 13, 2019 11:00am - 12:20pm
Zeitgeist Zinema 1 222 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802, USA

11:00am

Drama 26 with Q&A: Limbo | Lose It

LIMBO
1,600 years after his birth, Tearlach O'Rian works to save souls from Hell while battling his own demons.

Lose It
That feeling when you lose something you just had in your hand a moment ago.




Sunday October 13, 2019 11:00am - 12:20pm
The Teatro 222 East Superior St., Duluth, MN

11:50am

Drama 27 with Q&A: Americana | Chosen

Americana
A few years after the landslide victory of a new political party, a war for the very identity of America rages within the country. As violence and toxic policy infects the nation, Charlie Stanton is forced to leave his family farm and journey north; his fate, uncertain.


Chosen
Atara Hirsch's father has been missing for three weeks and declared deceased. But when Atara's estranged Uncle Yoni returns from Kiev, taking her father's place at the head of the table, Atara is unwilling to move on. Unable to accept her father’s death and growing increasingly curious about Yoni’s inconvenient arrival, Atara continues to search for her father in secret.



12:15pm

Comedy 23 with Q&A: Doxxed | Comedic Timing | Nothing To See | The Weekend Detectives

DOXXED
Asian American Rebecca Lo posts a racist joke online that goes viral. She must not only face the wrath of the ENTIRE internet, but she also must reexamine her own beliefs and privileges - as a person of color, she thought she couldn't be racist.

Comedic Timing
Comedic Timing is a comedy web series centered around an all women's improv class in a small town. The teacher, a jaded former comedian, will struggle to help her class sort out their personal lives, as her own careens out of control.


Nothing to See
A visible girl in an invisible world.


The Weekend Detectives
Meet Alex and Alice McNally: part-time cops, full-time twins. Anything they say or do can and will be used against them. After their father, the former chief of police, died in the line of duty, the McNally twins were thrown into the force to fulfill his last dying wish. Underqualified and overconfident, they are only permitted to work weekends. They are assigned “special police tasks” which often get them “in way over their heads.”



Sunday October 13, 2019 12:15pm - 1:40pm
Zeitgeist Zinema 2 222 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802, USA

12:30pm

Drama 28 with Q&A: The System | Home Turf

The System
A group of teenagers clash with overzealous police as "The War on Drugs” expands into a middle-class suburban community.

Home Turf
Home Turf is an unlikely sisterhood that forms in the beige-toned half-basement of a foster home for “problem” teenage girls in the year 2000. Soon after arriving from Africa, Sahara, a mixed-race 15-year-old, is driven by CPS to a foster home in the suburbs. At the house, run by “Auntie,” she finds four teenage girls who object to her presence and make her life miserable. But little by little Sahara makes friends with the girls, turning enemies into allies against the ostracism of those around them.



Sunday October 13, 2019 12:30pm - 1:35pm
The Teatro 222 East Superior St., Duluth, MN

12:30pm

Reality 5 with Q&A: Weird City with Amber Nash | American Buskers | Small Business Revolution

Weird City with Amber Nash
A hilarious travel show exploring the strange side of cities across the country, starring Amber Nash.

American Buskers
American Buskers is an unscripted, Americana travel series from Dognose Media that takes the viewer across the country; from the sun drenched beaches of Key West to the foggy fish markets of Seattle, in search of America's best buskers.

The Small Business Revolution
Every Season, The Small Business Revolution lands in one small town - bringing a half million dollars, thousands of hours of work, expertise from across the country, and a national spotlight to the small businesses at the heart of the community. The project, and the documentary series that captures it, are testing a theory: can small businesses bring life to the towns that big industry has abandoned?



Sunday October 13, 2019 12:30pm - 1:55pm
Zeitgeist Zinema 1 222 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802, USA

12:35pm

Documentary 8 with Q&A: Beneath the Ink

Beneath The Ink
In a time when society's belief systems are seemingly changing, or even reverting in time, one Ohio tattoo artist, Billy Joe White, is challenging his community by saying: "bring me your mistakes." Beneath the Ink is a timely look at hate and racism in the western foothills of the Appalachian region that reveals heartfelt stories of change and redemption.

1:10pm

Comedy 24 with Q&A: Brothers from the Suburbs | Hysterical Women | Just Call My Ripley

Brothers from the Suburbs
Brothers From the Suburbs is a short-form digital comedy series that chronicles the highs and lows of three black teenagers coming of age in an affluent, suburban, white private school community.

Hysterical Women
Hysterical Women is a dark comedy about gender in the workplace, in our current political and sociological climate. It follows Alexa - the overlooked co-founder of a music marketing firm - as she realizes that all her buddies in the office might not be such good guys. The women in this office are ready for a revolution. Will Alexa have the guts to do anything about it? Can she be the leader they need?

Just Call Me Ripley
Just Call Me Ripley is a coming out story where nobody cries! This comedic web series centers on Ripley whose group of diverse, queer, wacky friends will support her no matter what she decides about her sexuality - but that doesn’t always make things easier... (okay, maybe there’s a little crying).


3:00pm