IndieWorks: March Screening

Last Tuesday was the March edition of IndieWorks! The first half was a set of experimental works exploring various forms of struggle. The 2nd half was narrative works that were different in style and tone but unified by a sense of loss and connection. With 5 films, we had 35 people in attendance, made up of a super engaged audience. It was a smaller crowd than usual, but considering there was a nor'easter predicted, it wasn't too shabby! The Q&A was filled with thoughtful comments and discussions! We'd like to say thank you to everyone who came out to support the filmmakers and spend the evening with us & them. We do hope you enjoyed all the films and the opportunity to network with other filmmakers and film enthusiasts. We know some connections were made! 

And we hope you'll join us again for our 5th annual Best of Fest screening on April 17th -  featuring all our monthly Silver Whisker Award winners of Year 5!

See photos from the evening:

The Films of the night:

Small Fish/Missing People (Directed by Vinny Sacchetti)
The stories of various young people in New York City and their shared struggle of trying to achieve their ideal selves.  

The War (Directed by Jaime Ekkens, Written by Soré Agbaje)
A short mixed media experimental film that incorporates live action footage, stop-motion animation and other animation techniques. It is written and performed by Soré that chronicals sexual harassment and the many ways men target and exploit their power over women on a daily basis. 

Paralysis (Written & Directed by Victoria Negri)
A woman struggles to wake from a nightmare and finds herself where she started.   

Underneath the Sound (Written & Directed by Olga Nikulina)
What would you do if music was your life and you were losing hearing? What would you hope for if your child was diagnosed with deafness? "Underneath the sound" tells a story of a musician who refuses to lose the passion of his life and of a deaf child who gets his chance to hear with a help of the cochlear implant.

Chocolates (Written & Produced by Patricia Selznick, Directed by Mike Cattelona)
Alone together for the first time in years, two sisters go to their family's weekend home to set up for their parents anniversary party. Delicately weaving through their strained relationship, they struggle to relax in each other's company. That is until one sister finds the party favors and suddenly their trip takes a new turn.

Watch our Q&A Recap (edited by Kimberly Drew Whiten). *Please know there are some film spoilers - feel free to look for an opportunity to catch the films at a festival or computer screen near you & then come back to watch!

The awards go to...

At the end of the evening, we announced our winning filmmakers for both Audience Choice Award & Silver Whiskers Award. The Audience Choice Award is voted upon by all those in attendance, and the Silver Whiskers Award is judged by the CongestedCat Team based on a rating system of 8 categories:   StoryDialogue/WritingDirectionActingCinematographySoundEditing, and Production Value, along with a nuanced discussion focused on inclusion and originalityThe Silver Whiskers winner goes on to screen again at our end of year Best of Fest screening next April. 

The Silver Whiskers winner also receives $50 towards a crowdfunding campaign on should they use the platform and a free Social Media audit ($200 value) from 4MileCircus

For the March 2018 lineup, our winning films were:
    Audience Choice Award:  "Paralysis"
    Silver Whiskers Award:  "Chocolates" 

Join us next month for our Best of Fest on the 17th!


CongestedCat is Casting!

  • "Still Water" 

Writer/Director: Ryan Kramer


A young girl with a vivid imagination gets some much needed advice from her mother on how to overcome her fear of the water... or so she thinks.

Short (approx. 5 min). Looking for non-union talent only.


Amber: (Lead) 10-14 yrs old, Any race. Young, but not young enough to have such an irrational fear of the water. Her imagination can be her best friend and her worst enemy. She's also real good at sarcasm. (Must be comfortable with swimming and performing in an action sequence that involves pretending to be pulled underwater. There will be a certified lifeguard on set and all safety precautions will be taken.)

Mother: (Supporting) Early 30's, Any race/ethnicity. (subject to change once the lead is cast) Amber's Mother is a cool Mom. She's fun, but extremely protective over her daughter, and trying to figure out the right balance between smothering and giving Amber the space she needs. She's the source of Amber's poignant sarcasm.

Tentative shooting date is July 28th. A one-day shoot in Long Island, NY.

No pay. IMDb credit, meals, and footage for reels will be provided. Will be a no-budget, casual, community-oriented filmmaking experience. BBQ on the grill in the family backyard kind of feel.

All submissions & inquiries to be sent to:

 Please include headshot, resume and any possible footage. Will initially request a video audition.

About a Donkey: Cast, Crew, Supporter Screening

Saturday was the one year anniversary of starting principal photography for About a Donkey, AND it was our unofficial premiere of the film. We rented the beautiful Anthology Film Archives' 187-seat theater for our cast & crew screening. Seed&Spark supporters who originally contributed $100 got an automatic invite as part of their campaign incentive; and we decided, since we had such a large theater rented and so many friends and family eager to see the film, it'd be a great idea to offer limited tickets to cover the cost of the theater. We didn't advertise to the public, so as to not blow our premiere status, but we offered tickets to family and core supporters. We ended up with 96 total people in attendance and ended up making $764, just over enough to cover our $740 theater rental! 

As for the screening itself, it was a success! The audience seemed to really enjoy the film. It looked absolutely beautiful on the big screen. It got laughs at spots we were hoping; and we were so humbled to hear about how certain moments, and especially the ending, made people emotional. We set out to make a timely but hopeful piece about working towards acceptance. It was so lovely hearing comments about how it resonated with people who didn't know what to expect from the film.

Hearing it in a theater setting was a big help and made us realize we need to revisit our audio cleaning and levels a bit to better balance tracks for such a wide space. We'll be doing that over the next week or so. And we'll be submitting to festivals and crossing our fingers. We can't wait to share it again in more theaters and with more audiences!

Thanks everyone who made getting here possible!