Clarence Press Kit 10072015

SYNOPSIS: After fifty years away from academia, 85-year-old WWII Vet, Clarence Garrett, returns to the University of WI-Milwaukee to fulfill his biggest regret–not earning his Bachelor’s Degree. While Clarence’s drive and determination are idealistic, the reality of his age is undeniable; consequently, when unforeseen medical circumstances thrust Clarence into the emergency room, he is forced to abandon his goal of becoming a college graduate in order to survive an operation with deadly complications.


Writer/Director/Camera/Editor/Producer Kristin E. Catalano
Original Music Frank A. Calarco
Music Recording Mixer Chris Chuzles
Additional Camera Nicole Brown
Additional Footage WI Public Television
Technical Advisor Daniel Alvarado
Principal Subject Clarence Garrett


Running time 01:15:53
Year of completion 2014



Clarence Garrett receives the 2012 Veteran Lifetime Achievement Award:

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Principal Crew



Kristin Catalano was born and raised in Milwaukee, WI. She moved to Los Angeles to attend UCLA’s Professional Program in Screenwriting, and then to follow, UCLA’s MFA Screenwriting Program, where she emerged with her Master’s Degree. In addition, she has received screenwriting awards, including 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 recently, she was the writer, director, cinematographer, editor, and producer for her first feature-length documentary entitled, Clarence.




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.