Behind the Whiskers

CongestedCat Productions is an award winning narrative production company that is very active in the New York independent film scene. Our monthly screening series IndieWorks, now in its seventh year, has screened over 250 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. Inclusion and challenging industry exclusion 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. Notable releases include feature films About a Donkey & Summit, and critically-acclaimed web series KelseySee our Press page for major highlights and our blog for the latest news.

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Meet the Production Team

Christina Raia     ( @craia9 ) Founder: Writer, Director, Producer  Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

Christina Raia (@craia9)
Founder: Writer, Director, Producer
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

Kelsey Rauber     ( @kelseyshows ) Co-Owner: Writer, Producer  Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

Kelsey Rauber (@kelseyshows)
Co-Owner: Writer, Producer
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

Ryan Kramer   ( @ryankramer ) Writer, Director  Pronouns: He, Him, His

Ryan Kramer (@ryankramer)
Writer, Director
Pronouns: He, Him, His

Matt Gershowitz   ( @tehgershwitz ) Editor, Assistant Director Pronouns: He, Him, His

Matt Gershowitz (@tehgershwitz)
Editor, Assistant Director
Pronouns: He, Him, His

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 RauberRyan Kramer, and Matt Gershowitz were immediately brought in as core members. Soon after shooting Summit, Chris moved on to focus on fashion photography (though still an honorary member) and Kelsey became Christina's main collaborating producer for the company. 

Ongoing Collaborators

Dani Thomas (@danithomas)
Social Media Coordinator, IndieWorks Host, Actor
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

Ricardo Manigat (@theravishinrick)
IndieWorks Host, Actor
Pronouns: He, Him, His

Kimberly Whiten (@kimboslicey1)
IndieWorks Videographer/Editor
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

Where We're Headed

We released our second feature, About a Donkeyon VOD in Spring 2019 after a successful year on the festival circuit. which wrapped principal photography in Spring 2017. We’re currently on the festival circuit with three shorts, with two new ones slated for production later this year. We aim to continue growing IndieWorks and supporting the community in creative and innovative ways, while working to finance our third feature for a late 2020 production.