NEWS & EVENTS
CATFIGHT HEADED TO GENRE BLAST FILM FESTIVAL 2020!
Catfight has just been chosen as an Official Selection for the GenreBlast Film Festival!!! We are so honored and thrilled to be playing amongst some of the best genre films of the last year in the beautiful mountains of Virginia 💕
As of now, GenreBlast plans to hold an in-person festival that complies with COVID-19 protocol the weekend of September 3rd at the Alamo Draft House in Winchester, Virginia. Seating will be limited due to social distancing rules. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to check out their website at www.genreblast.com, the Catfight website catfightshortfilm.com.
CATFIGHT STANDS WITH BLACK LIVES MATTER
In the wake of the recent black lives lost to horrendous police brutality and the protests sweeping America to fight against racism, I would like to make something very clear: Catfight has always, currently does, and will always stand with Black Lives Matter and our black siblings who have suffered at the hands of the police and white supremacy. Our hearts ache for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony Mcdade, and the countless others and their families who have been senselessly murdered at the hands of white supremacy. At the heart of our film is a story about how inequality often turns violent, as we have seen done to the black community in real time and over the course of the history of this country. For those surprised by this uprising, you shouldn’t be; America has had a long, insidious history of racism, one that specifically feeds into greed and white supremacy power structures that persist to this day. Revolution is the language of the oppressed, and this has been a long time coming. For those resisting this fight: get quiet, and take a long, hard look at your privilege and discomfort. No one’s rights are being lost because others are fighting to gain more rights, and the discomfort you may currently be feeling is small in comparison to what the black community has endured for centuries. For those losing hope, please do not; these times are signs of much needed change. The only way we lose is by losing hope. To all those out there fighting: keep the fight going. We cannot and will not let this movement die.
If you are interested in more information, you can head on over to the Instagram accounts of our creator/co-writer Sarah Mahan, our director Ariel Sinelnikoff, and myself below and watch our Instastories, where we have been posting information and updates on the current events surrounding Black Lives Matter. More importantly, I highly encourage everyone who is not already doing so to follow black leaders, activists, and content makers. The three of us are white/white passing women who are trying our best to listen and uplift black voices, but we are not by any means the end-all-be-all voices of truth on the matter. True allyship means actively listening to the black community who actually have endured these experiences, which is more crucial than ever.
Sarah Mahan: @quesarahsarah93
Kerstin Glaess: @kayglaess
Ariel Sinelnikoff: @ariel2272
WATCH CATFIGHT AT THE QUEENS WORLD FILM FESTIVAL ONLINE!
In light of COVID-19, the Queens World Film Festival has moved the festival to an online streaming platform that is free for all to view. Yes, you heard right: 100% FREE!!! The film will be up for the next 2 weeks, after which it will be taken down, so make sure to watch it during that time period. We don’t know quite yet when it will be up online, so here is your opportunity to watch it! Please also feel free to share with anyone you would like - the more views the merrier! And while you’re there, tap that little “Vote Now” button under the video player to show us some love 😘 You can find the link to the film below. It is playing in a block with several other films, so you can find the beginning of Catfight at 17 minutes 25 seconds.
CATFIGHT STREAMING LINK:
We want to thank the Queens World Film Festival for all of their support and hard work, they truly have been a staple in the NYC film community for the last decade. If you have any questions about how to stream or the film, please feel free to reach out to
CATFIGHT IS GOING TO QUEENS!
our little feminist action-thriller has been selected to play at the 10th annual Queens World Film Festival! We are such huge fans of this amazing community-building festival that has been bringing fantastic films to Queens for the past decade, and we are so honored to now join the ranks of these wonderful filmmakers. If you’re in the NYC area from March 19-29th, come out and show your love! More info about tickets and the screening of Catfight will be coming out in the next few weeks, so make sure to check our website.
CATFIGHT IN THE URBAN ACTION SHOWCASE!
CATFIGHTERS!!! It is with huge excitement that we announce that Catfight has just gotten into its FIRST FILM FESTIVAL!!! We have been chosen as an Official Selection for the 2019 Urban Action Showcase International Action Film Festival in New York City this November! We are so honored and thrilled to have been chosen as one of many fantastic films that will play this rad festival, which proudly celebrates diversity in Action genre films
CATFIGHT PREMIERING AT THE NIGHTMARES FILM FESTIVAL!
Catfight has just been selected to premiere at the Nightmares Film Festival (AKA the “Cannes of Horror”) this October! We are SO excited for this one, especially since our very own creator and co-writer, Sarah Mahan, won Best Feature Screenplay at the 2017 Nightmares Film Fest for her graduate thesis script, Tracker. How rad is that?! We’re so honored to have been chosen for Nightmares, and are stoked to play amongst some really amazing films. Congratulations to all the filmmakers who were selected! 😻
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FRESH AIR AT THE 2019 INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL BOSTON
We are very proud to announce that Fresh Air will have its East Coast premiere at the 2019 Independent Film Festival Boston! Director Kath Tolentino, Lead Actor Shiegeko Suga, and Editor Mushfica Masud will all be in attendance. You can learn more and purchase a ticket to our screening at the IFFBoston website.
STRANGER LAUNCHES OFFICIAL WEBSITE!
We have launched the official Stranger website! Learn about the film, watch the trailer, and keep up to date with our news and events!
CATFIGHT INTERVIEWS WITH THE FANBOY GARAGE PODCAST
Ariel and Catfight co-star Vanessa Lee Bontea had the pleasure of being interviewed by The Fanboy Garage podcast about the making of her upcoming MFA thesis film, Catfight. You can check out the episode on Apple Podcasts, Sticher, TuneIn, or their website.
FRESH AIR AT THE 2019 SEATTLE ASIAN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL
We are so proud to announce that Fresh Air is having its World Premiere at the 2019 Seattle Asian American Film Festival. Director Katherine Tolentino will be in attendance. Learn more about the screening at the SAAFF website.
STRANGER AS TUTORIAL EXAMPLE AT NOFILMSCHOOL
Editor Lily Kleinman uses short film Stranger as an example in her tutorial "Learn the Basics of Fairlight for Picture Editors" at nofilmschool.com.
CATFIGHT IN SCREENCRAFT SEMIFINALS (AGAIN!)
Kerstin's MFA thesis film, Catfight, has once again made it to the Screencraft Film Fund Semifinals! Ariel Sinelnikoff and Sarah Mahan's script was chosen as one of 111 semifinalists for the Film Fund's Spring 2018 round, and it will now compete again in the Spring 2019 round to earn up to $30,000 in grant funds, which will go towards post-production and film festivals. You can find more information on Screencraft's website.
CATFIGHT IS THROWING A PARTY!
Kerstin and the crew behind Catfight will be throwing a party to celebrate the launch of their crowdfunding campaign. Join them at Little Skips on Friday, October 12th from 8 PM - Midnight for a night of music, art, and seeing how you can get involved with the film! More info to be released soon on the Catfight website.
EDITOR LILY KLEINMAN TESTS BASELIGHT PLUGIN ON HALF LIFE.
Editor Lily Kleinman uses tests Avid Baselight Plugin on Season 1 of Half Life at nofilmschool.com.
CATFIGHT IN SCREENCRAFT SEMIFINALS!
Kerstin's MFA thesis film, Catfight, has made it to the Screencraft Spring 2018 Film Fund semifinals! Of the 380 quarterfinalists, Ariel Sinelnikoff and Sarah Mahan's script was chosen as one of 124 semifinalists. Their short script will move on to compete against narrative feature, documentary, short, and TV projects for a coveted spot in the final round. You can find more information on Screencraft's website.
FLORA IN THE 2018 FIRST GLANCE FILM FESTIVAL
We are proud to announce that Flora will have its World Premiere at the 2018 First Glance Film Festival!
CATFIGHT IN THE SCREENCRAFT QUARTERFINALS!
Kerstin's MFA thesis film, Catfight, has made it to the Screencraft Spring 2018 Film Fund quarter finals! Of the 2,000+ entries, Ariel Sinelnikoff and Sarah Mahan's script was chosen as one of 380 quarterfinalists. Their short script will move on to compete against narrative feature, documentary, short, and TV projects for a spot in the semifinals. You can find more information on Screencraft's website.
CATFIGHT LAUNCHES OFFICIAL WEBSITE!
We have launched the official Catfight website! Learn about the film, see our concept art, and keep up to date with our news and events!
HALF LIFE CASTS ALEX MACK STAR!
New York-Backed ‘Half Life’ Casts ‘Alex Mack’ Star Larisa Oleynik. Read the full article at Deadline.com!