Behind the Whiskers
CongestedCat Productions, LLC. is a New York City-based narrative film production company composed of filmmakers, artists and entrepreneurs.
Who we are
CongestedCat is an award winning production company that is very active in the New York indie film scene. Our monthly film series IndieWorks, now in its fourth year, has screened over 150 local filmmakers. Founder Christina Raia’s motivation was to create a sense of community amongst local filmmakers where they could make connections and find collaborators, which is why the screenings remain free to attend.
In addition to IndieWorks, CongestedCat has produced an impressive body of work ranging in genre, style and form. All of our projects aim to offer opportunities for underrepresented talent in front and behind the camera. Diversity has been a driving force in our collaborations and we will continue to create a space in which individuals can prosper, regardless of race, gender and orientation. Recent releases include feature film Summit, Kelsey (the web series), with their most recent comedy pilot ‘Two Gays and a Girl’ currently making the festival rounds.
How We Started
CongestedCat was originally founded by filmmaker Christina Raia & photographer Chris Carroll in 2011. Christina & Chris grew up together and stayed friends into adulthood, largely bonded by their mutual aspiration to work in the arts. When Christina began pursuing independent filmmaking with full force while still in college, Chris proposed they collaborate and establish a production company that would bring a fresh perspective to the art of filmmaking. Christina's classmates Kelsey Rauber, Matt Gershowitz, and Ryan Kramer were immediately brought in as core members. Soon after shooting Summit, Chris moved on to focus on fashion photography & Kelsey became Christina's collaborating producer for the company.
Where We're Headed
We're currently on the festival circuit with three shorts, and three more slated for late 2017. We also have a two potential web series on the horizon. Summit was released on VOD in January 2016 and we're currently in pre-production for our second feature, About a Donkey, slated for production in Spring 2017. We also aim to continue growing IndieWorks and supporting the community in creative and innovative ways.