KRISTIN E. CATALANO
Kristin Catalano is a writer and filmmaker from Milwaukee, WI. She received her MFA in Screenwriting from UCLA, where she earned the Jay Grossman Comedy Writing Award and the Larry Thor Memorial Award. Storytelling is Kristin’s passion, and although writing is her forte, she consistently takes on many roles in order to bring her vision to life. Most notably, she was the writer/director/cinematographer/editor/producer for her first feature-length documentary entitled, Clarence, which landed a distribution deal after screening at numerous festivals and winning multiple awards, including Best Documentary and Best Emerging Filmmaker. Additionally, she was the winner of the Milwaukee Film Pitch Competition for her current project, Malignant Practice, which is a short, animated film on a woman whose breast cancer was missed by a doctor and a mammogram. Other than creating, Kristin has been a judge for the Austin, Wisconsin, and Milwaukee Film Festivals; she periodically teaches college-level writing courses; and she regularly walks her best, 4-legged friend, Otis.
ORIGINAL MUSIC COMPOSER
FRANK A. CALARCO
With two WAMI nominations for “Best Guitar Player,” Frank Calarco has made a name for himself in and outside of Milwaukee, WI. Frank has consistently played in bands since he was an adolescent, most notably, The Lazarus Effect and The Liam Ford Band, with whom he currently strums for on lead guitar. In addition, Frank has been recording his own original music, with his emotional compositions most recently being showcased in the documentary film, Clarence, by Kristin Catalano.
Music Recording Mixer/Visual Effects
While known internationally for his beloved role as The Hitchhiker in the hit Troma film “Blood Junkie,” Chris Chuzles spends most of his time at a computer creating motion graphics and websites for Fortune 500 Companies. As an interactive designer in Milwaukee, Chris has won numerous awards for web design within the advertising industry and has shared his passion while teaching at a regional Technical College. Chris retains whatever “punk rock credentials” he thinks he ever had by fronting the Milwaukee mainstay, Hot Coffin.
NICOLE (BROWN) DOCTA
Nicole Docta has been working on documentaries since 2006. She specializes in documentary producing and cinema verite videography. She was most recently the co-producer, videographer, sound mixer, and assistant editor on the News and Doc Emmy-nominated feature documentary “As Goes Janesville,” which aired on PBS’s Independent Lens series in 2013. Nicole is currently freelancing and looking for her next big project..
Dan Alvarado graduated from the University of California Los Angeles School of Theater, Film and Television with an M.F.A. in screenwriting. Unwilling to compromise his literary integrity in Hollywood (aka unable to get representation and sell a screenplay), he bought a Mac and taught himself how to edit. He was surprised to discover how his training in writing complemented the editorial process… actually, he wasn’t surprised at all, he knew it all along. Dan has worked for the last five years cutting projects
for several reputable names in the music industry including Madonna, Eric Clapton, Lady Gaga, Mary J. Blige and New Kids on The Block.