Catalyst Creator Spotlights

Go behind the scenes with the creators of the Catalyst series and shows to hear more about them and their ideas in these in-depth discussions recorded live at the recent 2021 Catalyst festival in Duluth, MN.

Special thanks to Pinnacle Pointe Studios and our hosts Dan Stocke, Hannah Alstead & Morgan Alice.

A struggling artist in Chicago battles becoming a junkie again as a hurricane strikes his native Puerto Rico, while a new job forces him to overcome his public speaking fears.

Short Drama

Adjunto

The Blue Cup Cafe is a dramedy series based on the book Blue Cup Cafe. It tells sweet and ordinary stories through the eyes of Aurora, the Waitress.

Dramedy

Blue Cup Cafe

COUP! is a web series about a CIA analyst who plunges her life and career into chaos when she saves her brother, a recently deposed dictator, from an assassination attempt and lets him crash on her couch.

Comedy

COUP!

Ava (Britt Lower) is a square. When her fiancé admits to loving the free spirited Luna, Ava joins a local circus in an act of wild abandon. But Ava’s heartache isn’t easily ignored, and feeds her fear that she’s not cut out for being “wild too”.

Dramedy

Circus Person

Dear Brown People debates the need for and practices of the “racial courts”, so-called “verification boards”, in Brazil, whose purpose is to verify the color, race, and ethnicity of candidates who are applying for affirmative action and, in particular, the systematic discrimination against mixed-race people in this process.

Documentary

Dear Brown People

Freshwater is a documentary that dives into the cold waters of Lake Superior along Minnesota’s North Shore. Despite the fact that it contains ten percent of Earth’s freshwater, this massive force of nature remains largely unexplored.

Documentary

Freshwater

When a foul-mouthed, 80-year-old grandma gets dumped and booted from her boyfriend's brownstone, she's forced to return to the rent-stabilized apartment housing her broke-ass, ungrateful kids. An irreverent meditation on aging that asks: can you really reimagine your life on the cusp of its twilight?

Short Comedy

If i'm alive next week...

After a mistake leaves an altruistic law-school grad desperate for a job, he interviews at a firm of morally depraved divorce lawyers. Ultimately he must decide if he’s willing to sacrifice every principle he lives by in order to save his future.

Comedy

Inferno

Marcellus Hall is a NYC-based illustrator. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, and Time, as well as in American Illustration, the Society of Illustrators, and Communication Arts annuals. His first cover for The New Yorker was published in 2005.

Documentary

Marcellus Hall an Artist in New York City

One Year Dark explores the effect of the potential mass extinction independent music venues are facing, and their fight to keep the historic stages we know and love.

Documentary

One Year Dark

An inspiring limited series following three Chicago high schoolers who use slam poetry to navigate the outcomes of a tragic event.

Drama

The Come Up

We Demand is a powerful and intimate look at the city of Rockford’s struggle to address issues of police brutality and systemic racism during the summer and fall of 2020.

Documentary

We Demand

Written by a former Dominatrix, explore the ins and outs of a struggling NYC dungeon through the eyes of terminally nice Wendy, who moonlights as Mistress Gigi after her husband skips town. On a quest to save her marriage, she finds a rabbit hole of hijinks and self-discovery in a zany ensemble comedy about whipping up a new life.

Comedy

Wendy/Gigi

A Young African American Woman journeys to her ancestors’ South Carolina hometown to find out what tragically happened to her great-great grandfather Anthony Crawford.

Documentary

Anthony Crawford: The Man the South Forgot

Breakdowns is a mockumentary style digital series about Patty Lee Casting, a Minneapolis-based film and commercial casting office that pines for the good old days when the local film industry was booming.

Short Comedy

Breakdowns

The Bleep Year Old Woman is not at all ashamed of her age but every time she says it, it gets censored. She is child-less, marriage-less, pursuing her dreams in an industry built for 20-year-olds and brazen enough to be happy about it.

Short Comedy

Chronicles of a Bleep Year Old Woman

A marketing executive who reluctantly joined her father’s bull-semen business seeks a way back to the city, but both she and her rural hometown face an unexpected upheaval after the arrival of hundreds of relocated immigrants from the nation’s water-deprived coastal cities.

Drama

Complete Bull

A father fights to maintain a tangled web of relationships between three women; his sexy wife, his hellcat ex, and bi-curious teen daughter.

Drama

F.A.M.

“Good Help” is a serialized short form series that follows a millennial couple in a constant state of simmering crisis as they fail to find an adequate couples therapist.

Short Comedy

Good Help Is So Hard To Find

Two childhood frenemies, a serial trust fund partier and a ruthless social climber, are sentenced to the Purgatory Level of Los Angeles and challenged to face their inner demons together to avoid hell and reach heaven.

Short Comedy

In Limbo

Last Chance Moms is a comedy series about two best friends in their 40s, one pregnant and unexpectedly dumped by her man-child boyfriend, the other unable to get pregnant despite countless efforts.

Short Comedy

Last Chance Moms

Not Moms is the coming-of-(middle)age story of neurotic-but-lovable Julie, and willful, unfiltered Katie who find themselves outside the norm; their love lives precarious, careers devalued, and friendships dissolving.

Comedy

Not Moms

All Bonnie Blue ever wanted was to chase tornadoes with her Dad. But dreams die with time. Now, she’s become a different kind of storm chaser — hawking roofing, siding and storm doors “door-to-door” for her charismatic boss, Flip Smyth: a cult-like father figure to Bonnie and his tribe of young sales bucks.

Short Drama

Stormchaser

Art and politics collide when big city theater people Elise, Beth and Danilo take over management of a small town playhouse in the conservative Midwest.

Comedy

Theater People: Their Town

After the heart attack induced death of her beloved 15 year-old goldfish, a quirky, shy, genius coder, and aspiring tech entrepreneur embarks on a journey to release her fish to the ocean.

Comedy

Weezy Goes Outside

“Wild Lands Wild Horses” is an exploratory docu-series traveling across 12 states within 150M+ acres of public lands.

Reality/Unscripted

Wild Lands Wild Horses