2014 KATRA FILM SERIES – AUGUST EDITION

August 11, 2014 in Event

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Join us Saturday AUGUST 23RD as we showcase 10 riveting short films by NYC’s top emerging filmmakers! Each director will compete for the opportunity to move on to the 3rd round, win a prize from Seed&Spark Pulp NYC Carpingo Corfu Grill and more.

Launched in the Summer of 2012, Katra Film Series screens a selection of quality short films by emerging and award-winning filmmakers in NYC and provides a great networking platform for industry professionals. In partnership with Everyone Matters and Rhino Films the 2014 Grand Prize Winner will be awarded a one-on-one meeting with acclaimed Producer Stephen Nemeth from the Academy-Award Nominated The Sessions and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

2014 Katra Film Series Saturday August 23, 2014 – 6pm–10:30pmKATRA – 217 Bowery St. Btw. Rivington & Prince St. New York, NY 10002Official Website: http://www.katrafilmseries.com/Follow Us: Facebook/Twitter/Instagram: @KatraFilmSeries

Film Lineup (lineup subject to change):

House of the Rising Sun – directed by Inga Moren
Immerse in a surreal hospital, Chloe’s wish to die becomes an exchange for a new life that is all but ordinary.

Here’s looking at you, Kid – directed by Karen Goldfarb
In war-torn Casablanca, anything can happen when two lovers reunite in this spoof of the classic film…

Schlock Fish – directed by Esteban Uribe
After witnessing death of a stranger, a recluse finds the truth about himself. Attached some film stills.

Love, Death, and Hipstery – directed by Stanislav Lavrik
After witnessing death of a stranger, a recluse finds the truth about himself. Attached some film stills.

Otaku – directed by Juliet O’Reilly
Alistair, an anime character impersonator, receives treatment he never expected after his act catches the attention of two young women.

Six – directed by Frank Jerky
SIX is a short film that deals with the issue of gun control – told through the story of a child who finds a gun

Singhing Bee – directed by Aby Rao
Harjinder (Honey) Singh is a 10-year-old Indian-American boy poised on the brink of a major turning point in his life.

Pink Out – directed by Keith Haitkin
John, the owner of “Sauna Sensations,” is at a crossroads in his profession when one of his employees decides to leave. The recycling is also really starting to pile up.

Lily In The Grinder – directed by Michael Morgenstern
Ryan struggles to find meaning in his provisional existence, exploring sex and death and the idea of ‘becoming something.’

Pots & Lids – directed by Giulio Poidomani
Nick loses his dog and looks for him in the neighborhood. On his journey, he will find love.

KATRA Film Series
217 Bowery St. between Rivington & Prince St.
New York, NY 10002
2 for 1 drink specials from 6p-8p.
$15 advance online ticket sales (includes afterparty)
$20 door price
Full dinner & hookah menu available. All ticket sales are final.

Do you have a short film, web series, documentary, music video you’d like to submit? Katra Film Series is looking for quality short content of any genre/form no longer than 15 minutes in length. However, we make exceptions based on quality, storytelling, and production value. Music videos, short docs, visual art, experimental, animations are welcome! To submit your film, click here

FREE NETWORKING MIXER – Featuring Special Industry Guests

August 2, 2014 in Event

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Join us next Thursday, August 7th in the heart of midtown for a free networking mixer with special industry guests.

Katra Film Series will be hosting different events throughout the year to connect actors, writers, producers, directors, casting directors, et al, with likeminded industry professionals.

Launched in 2012, Katra Film Series has connected countless people in the entertainment industry with job opportunities. Katra Film Series is partnered up with Everyone Matters Seed&Spark Carpingo AllCar Rent A Car Filmmaker Magazine Museum of the Moving Image RHINO Project Catalyst Bait & Hook Pulp NYC 30under30 Film Festival NYC Rated SR Socially Relevant Film Festival New York Film Interchange and more.

Featured Industry Guests:

TAL SHAMIR:
Student Academy Awards Winner Tal S. Shamir Ph.D. has experience and achievements in both film/media production and theory. His production experience includes creating and commanding the Video Team in the Navy; working as a production coordinator in Hollywood; creating and producing RUFF CUTS The New School’s Media Studies department central and established ongoing screening events; writing a Ph.D. dissertation (awarded Suma Cum Laude) on how cinema offers a new platform for philosophical thinking, to directing, video shooting and editing dozens media and films projects. Tal’s recent films and exhibitions were presented in a wide range of film festivals, galleries, museums and won many awards including the 2011 Student Academy Awards (Gold Medal).

DANIEL DIOSDADO:
Daniel was born in Madrid, Spain. Since he was a kid he knew that stage arts were his passion. As a little boy he already developed interest for theatre at school and with his friends which whom he used to write and perform their own plays during the early summers.

It was in 1999 when Daniel’s career took a leap forward when he was awarded with one of the bursaries of the European Broadcasting Union to develop his first professional script entitled Nacional IV (Highway IV).

Since then, Daniel worked directing and writing his own material. At first, he made short films, some of them won several awards like Lo siento, chicos, pero no puedo (Sorry, guys, I can’t do it) which received the best actor award at the San Pedro Alcantara Festival and ¿Dónde queréis vivir esta noche? (Where do you want to live tonight?) which won the best short film award at Festival de Cine Los Cielos. One of Daniel’s last short films, Con cara de gilipollas (Such an asshole face), has become a major hit with international film festivals selections such as III Concurso de Cortos RNE (Spain), 20th Festival de Madrid-PNR (Madrid, Spain), Maipu Cortos (Argentina), La Claqueta (Entre Ríos, Argentina), 1st International Film Festival of Providencia (Santiago, Chile), Corta Corto (Barcelona, Spain) and SGAE en Corto (Spain).

But the real turning point for Daniel as a director was the Award of Excellence at the Indie Fest (La Joya, California, USA) for his experimental film SESIóN (SESSIoN). That final turning point made him start a company named Nomada Films. Their first production was El ataque de los Zumbas (The attack of the Zumbas), a great webseries success, and the challenging, risky and innovative short called 3’30″DK.

Daniel taught screen writing at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and, in the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, he conducted an on-set workshop for actors with students of Creative Studios of Atlanta.

His last feature, La Reina de Tapas (Queen of the bar) premiered in 2013 Malaga’s International Film Festival and received a best picture nomination at Madrid’s Film Festival-PNR 2013.

He has just finished shooting his first New York based production titled Chromosome 4.

JOANNA CABELLO
Joanna began her career five years ago when she worked on the 13 episode webseries Six of One. From there she continued working as a 1st and 2nd AD in Film, TV, and Music Videos including the film “Second Bakery Attack” starring Kirsten Dunst and Brian Gerahty (Hurt Locker) and directed by Academy-Award Nominee Carlos Cuaron, brother of acclaimed director Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity, Children of Men) and co-writer of Y Tu Mama Tambien.

Joanna directed her first short film at age 23, Half Lotus and later Le Petit Sac Plastique, but it wasn’t until she directed her off-beat romantic comedy Moo! that she finally began to see film festival success. While Joanna was in graduate school at City College she was mentored by Chantal Akerman who aggressively encouraged Joanna to produce and direct Moo! which was an official selection at the Senorita Cinema Film Festival, was featured at the City Visions annual showcase, and was a finalist at the 2013 Katra Film Series Grand Finale.

Joanna freelances as a film producer. She recently Produced “Only Solomon Lee” which received five nominations at the CineEuphoria Film Festival in Portugal and was an official selection of the Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival. She also recently wrapped her most recent short film, Iko. Iko is a short film about a young runaway who discovers an unlikely guardian angel when the building she’s hiding in is chosen as a location for a mob hit.

GEOFFREY GUERRERO:
Born and Bred in NYC, Guerrero is an award-winning writer, director and producer. He was selected as a finalist for the 2006 National Film Your Issue Competition for his provocative short “Here to Stay,” where the Jury Members included Walter Cronkite, George Clooney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and then-Senator Barack Obama. In 2007 he guest-directed a short film called “Rewind” and won Best Short Film “On The Edge” Award at the 2007 HBO New York International Latino Film Festival. His original short film “The New McCarthyism,” which he wrote, directed, produced and acted in was an Official Selection at the 2007 Long Island Latino International Film Festival. In 2008, his short film “Baile (Dance)” won the Best Short Film “Fruit of the Vine” award at the Vine Shorts Film Festival in Santa Monica, CA and screened at the 2009 HBO New York International Latino Film Festival and 2009 Babelgum Online International Film Festival as an Official Selection. Guerrero’s latest film “J-1” premiered at the 2013 Coney Island Film Festival, was recently selected to screen at the 2014 Socially Relevant Film Festival, 2014 Palm Beach International Film Festival, 2014 Hispanicize Film Festival and had its European Premiere in April at the 2014 Let’s All Be Free Film Festival in London.

In June 2012, Guerrero launched the Katra Film Series – a monthly festival featuring quality short films by emerging Filmmakers. In partnership with Everyone Matters and Rhino Films the 2013 Grand Prize Winner was awarded a one-on-one meeting with acclaimed Producer Stephen Nemeth from the Academy-Award Nominated The Sessions and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, as well as a 1K rental package. The Audience Choice Winner took home a $500 Prize from Seed&Spark.

ADRIAN MANZANO:
From Queens NY, graduated Cum Laude from Albright College with a BA in Film & Literature. Directed many short films & documentaries that played at film festivals nationally. As an Actor, nominated at the American College Theatre Festival 2004. Has worked with various theaters in New York including Intar, German Jaramillo’s ID Studio, Teatro Teba.
Sex, Love & Salsa his first feature film as Writer/Director/Actor has won numerous awards at various film festivals including the Audience Award at the Montreal Latino & Harlem Film Festival. Best Film and Best Actor (Adrian Manzano) at the Reel Independence Film Festival DC.
A new play written by Adrian, “La Conquista” is in pre-production for a NY theatrical run. Graduao a new film with John Leguizamo in production for shooting August 2014.

TRAFFIC – August 7th – 630pm-10pm
986 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10022
between 52nd & 53rd (northeast corner)
(4, 5, 6, F train)
New York, NY 10022
Free Admission

MUST RSVP USING FOLLOWING LINK:
Order tickets via Eventbrite:

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-networking-mixer-w-special-industry-guests-tickets-12483375111?aff=efbevent

2014 KATRA FILM SERIES – 2ND ROUND – JULY 26, 2014

July 8, 2014 in Event

ADVANCE SALES ARE OVER.

TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE @ DOOR

BOX OFFICE OPENS AT 5PM

Join us on July 26, 2014 as we showcase the Top 10 films since January!

The selected filmmakers will be competing for two prizes worth over 1K and the opportunity to make it to the Grand Finale Event in January. The 2nd round prizes are sponsored by Seed&Spark, Carpingo, AllCar Rent A Car, Pulp NYC, Museum of the Moving Image, Bait & Hook, and more.

Also, two of our newest partners — 30under30 Film Festival NYC and Rated SR Socially Relevant Film Festival New York — will select one film each to screen as an Official Selection at their upcoming Festival.

Launched in the Summer of 2012, Katra Film Series screens a selection of quality short films by emerging and award-winning filmmakers in NYC and provides a great networking platform for industry professionals. In partnership with Everyone Matters and Rhino Films the 2014 Grand Prize Winner will be awarded a one-on-one meeting with acclaimed Producer Stephen Nemeth from the Academy-Award Nominated The Sessions and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

2014 Katra Film Series 2nd Round Lineup
Saturday, July 26, 2014 – 5pm–10:30pm
KATRA – 217 Bowery St.
Btw. Rivington & Prince St.
New York, NY 10002
Official Website: http://www.katrafilmseries.com/
Facebook/Twitter: @KatraFilmSeries

Writer’s Block – directed by Brandon Polanco
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lywCmKqGv24&feature=kp

A 13-minute short starring Bryan Cranston as a frustrated screenwriter seeking out his muse. In 2012, Hurricane Sandy temporarily halted the production of “Cold Comes the Night,” a drama-thriller starring Bryan Cranston. During that impromptu downtime, Cranston created a contest. He invited the movie’s production assistants to create a script to submit to him, and if he liked it, he’d star in it. The winner was Brandon Polanco, and the result was “Writer’s Block,” a short black-and-white starring Cranston, Lela Edgar, Spenser Granese, and Chaz Rose.

Bayonet – directed by Gregory Horoupian – horoupian.com/bayonet

When a quiet intruder enters a Manhattan loft, it becomes home to a geopolitical act that no one can notice.
Bayonet was an official selection at two Oscar-qualifying film festivals: Montreal World Film Festival and Warsaw Film Festival.

Spade – directed by Mandi Riggi – http://spadefilm.com/

A murder investigation has landed Alfred in an interrogation room where to the surprise of a probing detective, he confesses to seven murders. The detective must determine if Alfred is bluffing, telling the truth, or simply insane.

Spade stars Jorge Garcia who is best known for his role as Hugo “Hurley” Reyes on the hit TV show LOST. Jorge Garcia has recently been added to the cast of Hawaii 5-0 where he will begin as a series regular next season.

Out of the Ash – directed by Sandy Garfunkel
Trailer: http://www.outoftheashmovie.com/

Robbed at gunpoint, a man turns the tables on his mugger but, in trying to teach the attacker a lesson, ends up confronting his own devastating memories of a childhood lost.

Out of the Ash recently won a BAFTA award.

Insania – directed by Daniel Diosdado

http://nomada-films.com/productions/insania/

Laura is about to go home to celebrate her daughter’s birthday and announce to her family that she is pregnant for the second time, but as she walks across a parking lot and opens her car door, a man attacks her.

L’amore Corto – directed by Valentina Vincenzini http://lamorecorto.wordpress.com/

Giulia and Lorenzo are two young Italians on their first date, drinking an espresso in an Italian restaurant in New York City. It looks like they are enjoying their time together, but Lorenzo from time to time gets distracted and looks at his watch impatiently. Giulia asks him if everything is ok, Lorenzo spills the beans: he really likes Giulia but he is concerned about the little time they have together since they are in a low budget independent short movie.

Tears of a Phoenix – directed by Mo Brown

http://www.sugaproductions.com/TearsOfAPhoenix.html

A story of Michael, a young girl who is driven into a world in which she must find peace and meaning in the midst of pain and suffering. Accepting her lot in life as the daughter of a drug-addicted, prostitute mother and an abusive father, she accepts her reality and conditions herself to simply exist and not live.

Bone to Brain – directed by Rachel Greco

Bone to Brain is short documentary based on the themes of art, healing, acceptance, and progress. It is an uplifting and unique story about Nicki Muller, a 21-year-old art student, who was diagnosed with brain cancer. The unique way in which Nicki created artwork directly relating to her brain cancer, invites for the exploration of her artistry.

Kung Fu Bum – directed by Peter Lawton

After the brutal murder of his clan, Kung Fu Bum sets out on a quest for vengeance. But will vengeance be enough?

Las Mañanitas – directed by Gabriella Moses

Once upon a time in 1960s New York, there lived Ana Isabel, a young girl on the cusp of womanhood, tempted to lose her virginity the night of her Quinceanera, that is, until an unexpected visit from the Virgin Mary in a frying pan makes her think twice.

KATRA Film Series
217 Bowery St. between Rivington & Prince St.
New York, NY 10002
2 for 1 drink special from 5p-8p.
$15 advance online ticket sales
$20 door price
All sales are final

Do you have a short film, web series, documentary, music video you’d like to submit? Email us a vimeo link to consider to info@katrafilmseries.com. No deadline or entry fee to submit. We’re looking for quality short content of any genre/form no longer than 15 minutes in length. However, we make exceptions based on quality. Music videos, short docs, visual art, experimental, animations are welcome!

2 Year Anniversary Party – Free Admission + Open Vodka Bar

June 25, 2014 in Event

funny-baby-photos-with-captions_Join us this Saturday, June 28th for the 2nd Year Anniversary Celebration with a FREE party and OPEN VODKA BAR event.

Launched on June 30th, 2012 – Katra Film Series Proudly Supports Independent Filmmakers creating quality short content, serving as a launching pad for emerging artists in the Greater City of New York.

During the past 2 years we’ve been honored to welcome Academy-Award Winner Susan Sarandon, Do The Right Thing’s Luis Antonio Ramos (currently starring in STARZ’s hit Show “Power”), acclaimed filmmakers Sebastian Cordero, Felix Thompson, Emmy-Winning Jeff Pinilla, Marlene Rhein, Alain Alfaro, Randy Wilkins, Chin Tangsakulsathaporn, Joe McClean, Tal Shamir and many more.

SATURDAY – JUNE 28TH 7PM-11PM
7pm-11pm
217 Bowery St.
Free Admission (NO COVER) MUST RSVP USING EVENTBRITE
Open Vodka Bar from 7pm-8pm
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1461379564101099/

Katra Film Series screens a selection of quality short films by emerging and award-winning filmmakers living, studying or working in NYC and provides a great networking platform for industry professionals. In partnership with Everyone Matters and Rhino Films the 2014 Grand Prize Winner will be awarded a one-on-one meeting with acclaimed Producer Stephen Nemeth from the Academy-Award Nominated The Sessions and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. The Audience Choice Award is sponsored by Seed&Spark – a one-stop shop where filmmakers can crowdfund, distribute, and interact with their audience and the broader independent film community.

Katra Film Series Press:

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KATRA FILM SERIES – JUNE EDITION

May 25, 2014 in Event

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****Summer is Just Around The Corner and You Know What That means****

The Competition heats up as NYC’s Top Filmmaking Talent vie for one last chance to make it to the 2nd Round. Join us June 7th for the 2014 Katra Film Series in the Lower East Side of NYC! Our last event before the 2nd round Competition in July.

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/666531523426364/

The audience will vote for one film to move on to the 2nd round and receive a prize from Seed&Spark – a one-stop shop where filmmakers can crowdfund, distribute, and interact with their audience and the broader independent film community.

Launched in the Summer of 2012, Katra Film Series screens a selection of quality short films every month by emerging and award-winning filmmakers and provides a great networking platform for industry professionals.

In partnership with Everyone Matters and Rhino Films the 2014 Grand Prize Winner will be awarded a one-on-one meeting with acclaimed Producer Stephen Nemeth from the Academy-Award Nominated The Sessions and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

Lineup (not exact order):

Serpent Dream – by William Hart
Themes from a Rosary – by Donari Najaro
L’amore Corto – by Valentina Vincenzini
The Speech – by Joe McClean
Erased – by Alison Corsie
The First 36 Hours – by Jeff Pinilla
La Solitaria – by Nelson Isava

KATRA Film Series
217 Bowery St. between Rivington & Prince St.
2 for 1 drink special from 6p-8p.
$14 advance online ticket sales
$20 door price
All sales are final

Do you have a short film you’d like to submit? Email us a vimeo link to review to info@katrafilmseries.com. No deadline or entry fee to submit. We’re looking for quality short films no longer than 15 minutes in length. However, we make exceptions based on quality. Music videos, short docs, visual art, experimental, animations are welcome!

KATRA FILM SERIES – MAY EDITION – 05/10/14

May 3, 2014 in Event

Join us for the May Edition of the 2014 Katra Film Series in the capital of the world!

RSVP:  https://www.facebook.com/events/555421141238906/

The audience will vote for one film to receive a prize from Seed&Spark and the film will also move on to the 2nd round competition in July where prizes will be handed out to several filmmakers.

Launched in the Summer of 2012, Katra Film Series is screens a selection of quality short films every month by emerging and award-winning filmmakers living, studying or working in NYC, and provides a great networking platform for industry professionals.

In partnership with Everyone Matters and Rhino Films the 2014 Grand Prize Winner will be awarded a one-on-one meeting with acclaimed Producer Stephen Nemeth from the Academy-Award Nominated The Sessions and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

Lineup (not exact order):

The First 36 Hours – by Jeff Pinilla
Realidades – by Fredy Soberanis
Sutton Clock Shop – by Catherine Stratton
Vermeer – by Tal Shamir
Spade – by Mandi Riggi
Sequestered – by Lucas Spaulding
Lolette – by Felix Thompson
Burning Up – by Mark Philip Lichtenstein
Insania – by Daniel Diosdado

Honored to announce Ron Simons to the 2014 Katra Film Series Grand Jury whose latest Producing credit includes the Broadway hit “Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” which was Nominated for 10 Tony Awards this week. Mr. Simons joins such distinguished judges as Jonathan Dana, Stephen Nemeth, Sebastian Cordero, and Juan Caceres.

Ron Simons is a two-time Tony Award-winning producer and actor. Ron leads the strategic planning/development of Theatre and Film projects including the critically acclaimed films: Night Catches Us, Gun Hill Road, Blue Caprice and Mother of George (all premiered at Sundance). He also produced the Broadway productions of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (currently on Broadway), Porgy & Bess (Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical), Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Tony Award for Best Play, Drama Desk, New Drama Critics and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Play, Drama League Award for Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play), Streetcar Named Desire and an investor in August Wilson’s Radio Golf on Broadway. Off-Broadway projects include Bedlam’s St. Joan and Bedlam’s Hamlet (currently running).

Ron is a recipient of the Heritage Award from Columbia College’s Black Alumni Council, 150 Distinguished Alumni Award from University of Washington, and is a Johnson & Johnson Leadership Award Fellow, IFP Cannes’ Producer’s Network Fellow and a Sundance Producers’ Summit Fellow. He holds a BA from Columbia College, an MBA from Columbia Business School and an MFA from the University of Washington’s Professional Actor Training Program.

http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/2014-Tony-Award-Nominations-The-Complete-List-20140429#.U2QPQxY2fFI

KATRA Film Series – May 10th 6p-10p
217 Bowery St. between Rivington & Prince St.
2 for 1 drink special from 6p-8p.
$14 advance online ticket sales
$20 door price

Do you have a short film you’d like to submit? Email us a vimeo link to info@katrafilmseries.com. No deadline or entry fee to submit. We’re looking for quality short films no longer than 15 minutes in length. However, we do make exceptions based on quality. Music videos, short docs, visual art, experimental, animations are welcome!

Katra Film Series – April Edition – Featuring Bryan Cranston, Sundance, SXSW, Newport Beach Film Festival Alums

April 9, 2014 in Event

Katra Film Series is back with a riveting lineup of shorts! Join us for the April edition of the 2014 Katra Film Series in the Lower East Side in the capital of the world!

The audience will vote for one film and the winner will receive a prize from Seed&Spark and move on to the 2nd round competition in July.

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Launched in the Summer of 2012, Katra Film Series screens a selection of quality short films every month by emerging and award-winning filmmakers living, studying or working in NYC, and provides a great networking platform for industry professionals.

In partnership with Everyone Matters and Rhino Films the 2014 Grand Prize Winner will be awarded a one-on-one meeting with acclaimed Producer Stephen Nemeth from the Academy-Award Nominated The Sessions and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

KATRA Film Series
217 Bowery St. between Rivington & Prince St.
2 for 1 drink special from 6p-8p.
$14 advance online ticket sales
$20 door price

(includes screenings, drink specials, and after party)

Official Selections:
-The Adventures of Captain Randall & The Eraser – by Nina Gielen
-Advent – by Chance Muehleck
-La Loteria – by Shahir Daud
-Writer’s Block – by Brandon Polanco
-Mon Rêve Familier – by Jimmy Ferguson
-Las Mañanitas – by Gabriella Moses
-5AM – by John Painz
-Changeover – by David T. Ketterer
-Dear Brother – by Kesav Wable
-Super Wild – by Josephus Tudtud
-Tears of Phoenix – Mo Brown
-Lolotte – by Felix Thompson

Do you have a short film you’d like to submit? Email us a vimeo link to info@katrafilmseries.com. No deadline or entry fee to submit. We’re looking for quality short films no longer than 15 minutes in length. However, we do make exceptions based on quality. Music Videos, short docs, visual art, experimental, animations are welcome!

2014 KATRA FILM SERIES OFFICIAL LAUNCH

February 8, 2014 in Event

Please join us February 8th for the Official Launch of the 2014 Katra Film Series in the Lower East Side of NYC.

The audience will vote for one film to move on to the 2nd round competition in July where prizes will be handed out to several filmmakers.

Launched in the Summer of 2012, Katra Film Series screens a selection of quality short films by emerging filmmakers living, studying or working in NYC, and provides a great networking platform for industry professionals.

In partnership with Everyone Matters and Rhino Films the 2014 Grand Prize Winner will be awarded a one-on-one meeting with acclaimed Producer Stephen Nemeth from the Academy-Award Nominated The Sessions and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

Film Lineup (not exact order):
A Day for Santos – Dir. Rodney Ferrer
Out of the Ash – Dir. Sandy Garfunkel
A Lovely Day For A Walk – Dir. Marc Taurisano
Bayonet – Dir. Gregory Horoupian
Blooming Road – Dir. Effie Fradelos
Keep Me Safe – Dir. Adam Vazquez
My Parents Are Crazier Than Yours – Dir. Marlene Rhein
The Doll – Dir. Alberto Pimenta
Hotel NY – Dir. Samir Banerjee
Rivers – Dir. Rob Levy

KATRA Film Series
217 Bowery St. between Rivington & Prince St.
2 for 1 drink special from 6p-8p.
$12 advance online ticket sales
(includes screenings, drink specials, and after party)

Filmmakers, email us a link of your film to consider to the following address info@katrafilmseries.com. No deadline or entry fee to submit. We’re looking for quality short films no longer than 15 minutes in length. We’ll make exceptions if the film is really good. Music Videos, short docs, visual art, experimental, animations are welcome!

*********2013 KATRA FILM SERIES GRAND FINALE********

January 11, 2014 in Event

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Join us Saturday January 25th for the Grand Finale of 2013 in the heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

The finalists will be considered for the Best Short Film and Audience Choice Awards. The Top Prizes include one-on-one meeting with acclaimed Hollywood Producer Stephen Nemeth and $1,000 rental package from Hello World Communications.

The Best Short Film Award will be judged by our esteemed Jury Members: Stephen Nemeth, Sebastián Cordero, Lucy Mulloy, and Juan Caceres. Read biographies below.

PURCHASE TICKETS (tickets available online only):
http://2013katrafilmseriesgrandfinale.eventbrite.com/

5PM – Program 1

Innocent Creep – directed by Nick Petrie
The Graveyard Shift – directed by Mandira Chauhan
The Visiting Hour – directed by Fernando Cuestas
Awake – directed by Lucille Hansen
The Days God Slept – directed by Joe Fiorillo
Film Noir – directed by Jules Helm
Tunnel of Love – Leo Fiorica
I live in Life – Lars Fuchs

7PM – Program 2

Shoe Shine Chicken – directed by Fernando Cuestas
Framed – directed by Christian LaMorte
Henry – directed by Alain Alfaro
My Parents Are Crazier Than yours – directed by Marlene Rhein
Special Ted – directed by Brian Burstein
Do it Y’rself – directed by Mike Dimitroulakos
Choose – directed by Robbie Bryan
Madurando – directed by Frisly Soberanis Jr.
Moo! – directed by Joanna Cabello
Vanilla Plot – directed by Michael Shove
Docket 32357 – directed by Randy Wilkins
After Water There is Sand – directed by Saro Varjabedian
File Not Found – Maria Sequeira

JURY MEMBERS:

STEPHEN NEMETH formed and heads up Rhino Films, the independent film company that originated as a division of iconoclastic record label Rhino Records. He has produced ten films and executive produced fourteen others. He is also working with Amnesty International through Artists for Amnesty on developing and producing human rights related motion picture and television projects. His Producer credits include the Academy-Award Nominated The Sessions, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (starring Johnny Depp and directed by Terry Gilliam), Why Do Fools Fall in Love (starring Halle Berry), Dogtown and Z Boys, What We Do Is Secret, You and I (starring Mischa Barton and directed by Roland Joffe), and Radio Free Albemuth (the last Philip K. Dick novel).

Nemeth was the recipient of 2009′s Vision Award for Documentary Producer and 2009′s Artivist Award for his advocacy and production of socially conscious films. He was named one of the “Top Ten Most Prolific Producers in Hollywood” by The Hollywood Reporter, and one of the “Ten Coolest People in Hollywood” by an online survey of 500 agents, managers, journalists, and lawyers. Prior to forming Rhino Films, Nemeth worked as an independent producer and as a motion picture agent at the William Morris Agency.

SEBASTIAN CORDERO studied filmmaking at the University of Southern California. After graduation he moved back to Ecuador with the idea of filmmaking in a country where there was practically no movie industry.

His first movie, Ratas, Ratones, Rateros (1999), which portrays the life in a poverty-stricken Ecuador, led to his first appearance at the Venice Film Festival. It later appeared in film festivals such as Toronto, San Sebastián and Buenos Aires, and has been recognized with awards and honors at Huelva and La Habana film festivals.

His second film, Crónicas, was recognized with the Sundance/NHK International Filmmakers Award, and first appeared at Cannes in the Un Certain Regard section in 2004, and was nominated to the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival.

His latest film Europa Report was Cordero’s first full English language film. The film was shot over the course of 18 days in Brooklyn in 2011. Europa Report was officially launched with a screening at the Hayden Planetarium on August 1, 2013. The Huffington Post calls it “a little known masterpiece that is terrifyingly real” and considers it one of the top 10 films of 2013. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2BfobyYOmU

LUCY MULLOY is a screenwriter and film director from New York. She has been nominated for the Student Academy Award. In 2010 Mulloy was awarded the Tribeca Film Festival Emerging Narrative Talent Award and in 2012 was awarded the Tribeca Film Festival Best Director Award. Mulloy studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford University and Film at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. She is the daughter of acclaimed animator Phil Mulloy. Her film UNA NOCHE won the Spike Lee Production Grant, Hollywood Foreign Press Association Grant, TFI Creative Promise Emerging Narrative Award, and more. She is currently developing UNA NOCHE MÁS.

JUAN CACERES is an independent multi-media producer whose latest credit is ‘Elliot Loves’, an award winning feature film that was released through TLA and can be seen exclusively on HBO Latino as of July 2013. He served as an associate producer on ‘Emoticon’, a feature film that just made its festival debut and set for release in 2014. Juan’s greatest pride is being a founding member and Director of Programming for the HBO New York International Latino International Film Festival where he also produced trailers and promotional videos. He is also a programming associate for Tribeca All Access, an initiative of the Tribeca Film Festival that aids and supports underserved minorities in the film industry. He has recently started subjecting his filmmaker friends to his craziness in his blog ‘LatinoBuzz’ on IndieWIRE.com, the leading source for independent-minded filmmakers, the industry and moviegoers alike where he covers Latino indies in a weekly column.

Katra Film Series launched in the Summer of 2012. Every month we screen a selection of quality short films by up-and-coming and established filmmakers living, studying or working in NYC and provide a great networking platform for industry professionals.

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2013 Final Edition Is Here – Saturday, December 14th

December 13, 2013 in Event, News

Please join us for the final edition of the 2013 Katra Film Series as this will be our final screening of the year before the Grand Finale Event in January.

DISCOUNTED ADVANCE TICKETS: http://katrafilmseriesdecember.eventbrite.com/

In partnership with Everyone Matters and Rhino Films, the 2013 Grand Prix Winner will be awarded a one-on-one meeting with acclaimed Producer Stephen Nemeth from the Academy-Award Nominated The Sessions and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

Katra Film Series launched in the Summer of 2012 and has grown into one of the most premier short film showcases in NYC. Every month we screen a selection of quality short films by up-and-coming and established filmmakers living, studying or working in NYC, and provide a great networking platform for industry professionals.

Film Lineup (not exact order):
The Session – by Katie Maguire Edri
Studio Heads – by Jaime Fernandez/Anthony Palmini
Those Restive Eyes – by Divina Hasselmann
Lolette – by Felix Thompson
After Water There is Sand – by Saro Varjabedian
Legs “High Time” – Music Video – by Javier Andrade
Only in Paris – produced by Judi Beecher
Innocent Creep – by Nick Petrie

KATRA Film Series
217 Bowery St. between Rivington & Prince St.
2 for 1 drink special from 6p-8p.
$12 advance online ticket sales
$15 at the door
(includes screenings, drink specials, and after party)

Filmmakers, email us a link of your film to consider to the following address info@katrafilmseries.com. No deadline or entry fee to submit. We’re looking for quality short films no longer than 15 minutes in length. We’ll make exceptions if the film is really good. Music Videos, short docs, visual art, experimental, animations are welcome!