Katra Film Series 2019

By Jason Godbey, Creative Director, Behind the Rabbit Productions

This week I had the opportunity to attend the finale of the Katra Fim Series and interview some of the filmmakers and stars of the evening including actor Laura Gomez (video above) the star of Uniform.

Katra presents a selection of films quarterly and provides a platform for indie filmmakers to showcase their work. This year’s Grand Finale was held at the Alamo Drafthouse in Brooklyn. I interviewed some of the filmmakers on the red carpet, including Alex Breaux, the writer, director and star of this year’s Grand Prize winner Campfire Alpha; Alexis Karl, co-director of The Lex Requiem; co-director Walter Brandes and actor Anthony Grasso of Kill Al; Nikhil Melnechuk, producer of Fevah, and director Aleksey Reznikov and writer/producer/actor Carter Winter of Dead Layer.

One of the standout films was the animated short, Lotte That Silhouette Girl  by Elizabeth Beecherl & Carla Patullo about Lotte Reiniger, a German Film Director who pioneered the art of silhouette animation. The short tells the story of Reiniger’s life and filmography and is narrated by Reiniger herself. It’s a touching film with beautiful animation made in the style of Reiniger’s silhouettes.

Overall, I was impressed by the quality of films. Founder and Executive Director, Geoffrey Guerrero and his team have put together a well-curated series, and for the final night, The Alamo Drafthouse screen lent a prestige not often accorded to short films. For filmmakers looking to get their short screened in New York City, I highly recommend the Katra Film Series.

For more No Rest for the Weekend film festival coverage, check out our interviews on the red carpet of the Bushwick Film Festival, the Hip Hop Film Festival, and the Soho International Film Festival. For our film festival reviews see episodes 410, 403, 310, and 309. For in-depth interviews of the people behind film festivals, check our interviews with Jason Stefaniak, programmer for the Brooklyn Film Festival and Sibyl Santiago, Director of the Soho International Film Festival.

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Episode 404: Sibyl Santiago

Hosted by Jason Godbey, Creative Director, Behind the Rabbit Productions

In this episode, Executive Director and Head of Programming for the Soho International Film Festival, Sibyl Santiago talks about  her career as an actor/filmmaker what it takes to get into a film festival and gives her advice for filmmakers.

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Episode 403: The Hip Hop Film Festival Recap

Hosted by Jason Godbey, Creative Director, Behind the Rabbit Productions

In this episode, Ashley Carrizo joins the cast for the recap of the Hip Hop Film Festival 2018. Featuring interviews with director Kimberly Roberts (Fear No Gumbo, Trouble the Water) and author Ty Powell and Director Chad Quinn (For the Love of Musiq).

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Episode 312: Jesse Tendler

Hosted by Jason Godbey, Creative Director, Behind the Rabbit Productions

In this episode, Jesse Tendler talks about his career as an actor/filmmaker and gives his tips on what it takes to make a great short film.

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Episode 311: Alice Boucherie

Hosted by Jason Godbey, Creative Director, Behind the Rabbit Productions

No Rest for the Weekend continues to highlight women in film in this episode featuring director Alice Boucherie as she talks about her short film, Washed Out (winner Best Short at the Soho International Film Festival).

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Episode 309: Soho International Film Festival Recap

Hosted by Jason Godbey, Creative Director, Behind the Rabbit Productions

In this episode, we recap the Soho International Film Festival. Featuring interviews with Jeremiah Kipp, director of Slap Face and Adrian Stewart, director of Diminuendo by Ilaria Malvezzi and Jason Godbey. For more interviews on the red carpet of the Soho Film Festival, check out our YouTube page.

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Episode 306: Julia Campanelli

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In this episode  actor/filmmaker Julia Campanelli talks about making her first short film, 116, and working with Richard Lemay on Dementia 13.

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Episode 305: Tammy Minoff

Hosted by Jason Godbey, Creative Director, Behind the Rabbit Productions

In this episode, we continue featuring women in film with actor/filmmaker Tammy Minoff. She talks about her feature film Limerence (winner Best Feature- Soho International Film Festival) and what it’s like to move behind the camera.

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Episode 304: Ralston Ramsay

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In this episode Ralston Ramsay talks about his short film, By Any Means and coming up through Ghetto Film School.

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Episode 302: EJ Argenio

Hosted by Jason Godbey, Creative Director, Behind the Rabbit Productions

In this episode, producer EJ Argenio talks about his career and what it takes to be a produce a successful short film.

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