Catalyst Stories & Shows

Browse the Catalyst catalogue of independent series from around the world! Dramas, comedies, documentaries & reality in all forms - produced video, scripts, and podcasts.

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A Handful of Rust is a volatile coming of age story about redefining life after death, salvaging beauty from decay, and collaborative music-making as a vessel for perseverance through the continuous onslaught of harsh realities.

Short Drama

A Handful of Rust

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

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
Beer Frontier

Beer Frontier is a Craft Beer Destination Show

Reality/Unscripted

Beer Frontier
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Breakdowns

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
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It’s not every day a global pandemic hits forcing you to cancel your wedding and head into immediate lockdown with your fiancé … and his mum.

Short Drama

CANCELLED

Chloe is an 6 x 23 min drama-comedy following a group of young (ish) Mounties through the highs, lows, and laughs of their daily lives.

Short Drama

Chloe and the

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

Couples Therapy is an upbeat, provocative dramedy about Natalia, a couples therapist who treats neurotic New York couples while her own marriage is falling apart and she seems unable to follow her own advice and save her marriage.

Comedy

Couples Therapy

Linda lives in a Curiosity Shop and loves going on amazing adventures. Linda doesn't take on these adventures alone. Her best friend Louie, will always be there with her. In her imagination, Linda can be anything.

Animation

Curious World of Linda

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

‘Distemper’ tells the true story of pioneering scientist and LGBT icon Louise Pearce who races to find a cure for the African Sleeping Sickness pandemic as it rages across the Belgian Congo in the early 1920s.

Drama

Distemper

Danielle, Olivia, and Emma have waited all year for the Calypso Township Model Horse Show. Each girl hopes they have the best horse, but the competition gets turned up when they realize Rachel Ticker is competing again.

Short Comedy

Fantasy Pony
Following Hannah Stone

Brooke Jensen is in the eye of a quarter-life crisis hurricane, which stems from the bullying she endured in high school. When her prime teen tormentor Hannah Stone suddenly deleted her socials, Brooke spirals out, and begins an instragram-fueled stalking spree.

Comedy

Following Hannah Stone
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A series of awkward interactions between Gen X and Millennials.

Comedy

Fully Formed Adults poster

The power and hilarity of female friendship is put to the test when a woman-a-woman battle over who will face their fears first commences. Keep an eye out for the... twist.

Short Comedy

Girl Stuff

You don't really know yourself until you look through someone else's eyes.

Drama

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To see how difficult it would be to make a root beer float from scratch, Andy George sets out to collect all the raw ingredients and learn the techniques needed to accomplish his mission.

Reality

How To... Make a RBF
I Am You

While going through her DMs, popular social media influencer Acacia Reynolds (Suzanne Lenz) is contacted by an uncanny AI replica of herself with a warning that she is in danger and how she must save herself.

Drama

I Am You
No Trailer

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

Maggie welcomes four of her oldest friends back home after the unexpected death of one of their own. She convinces them to fulfill a childhood pact - destroy all evidence of their friend’s most embarrassing secrets.

Comedy

It's What She Would Have Wanted

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
Make Me The Tennessee

In 1983, when the vengeful Kathy Morris attempts to poison the Tennessee cop who aided in the death of her closest friend, she gets cold feet. After all, the cop is her husband.

Short Drama

Make Me The Tennessee
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Miss Misery follows a couple, Amy and Jay and their erstwhile friend, Lee as they navigate the world of open relationships and polyamory. Non-monogamy, once the preview of alt-weekly backpages and key parties, has become a legitimate alternative lifestyle.

Short Comedy

Miss Misery
New New

Nick and Sarah have been comfortably platonic roommates for years. Then came several months of lockdown… New New is a super-short-form rom-com, a love letter to the altogether new romantic experiences that have come our way throughout the pandemic.

Short Comedy

New New
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Not the Science Type: Ciara

Dr. Ciara Sivels is a nuclear engineer with Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, and the first black woman to earn a Ph. D from the University of Michigan in nuclear engineering.

Documentary

Not the Science Type: Ciara
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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

A Cuban ladies' man has his life turned upside down when a young Latina visits his beloved shag pad. A comedy series taking place in the 1960s.

Short Comedy

Our Shag Pad

Best friends and colleagues - Sandy, an American on-camera host, and Gina, a Scottish field producer - butt heads working on a fledgling travel show exploring the cultural differences between the US and UK.

Short Comedy

Piss Off, I Love You

When a blue-collar man is forcibly implanted with his alien boss's parasitic offspring, he asks his wife to help him remove the parasite -- a dangerous and forbidden act that puts their marriage -- and their lives -- at risk.

Drama

Progeny

A woman finds herself torn between the bustle of her New York City life and the quaint dance floors of her home in Texas.

Short Drama

Sidestep

When Jayne, a pregnant kindergarten teacher in the middle of an affair discovers the man who raised her isn't actually her father, the story of her life begins to quickly unravel.

Drama

Story Of You
Swatched

Swatched is a docu-series that challenges every stereotype that comes to mind when you hear the words, “knit and crochet.”

Documentary

Swatched
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Swish is a reality show that serves as a vehicle to take the audience into the streets and to give an intimate look into a city’s urban culture. In nearly every major metropolitan area in the world, people can be found playing basketball in public courts.

Reality/Unscripted

Swish

An undercover cop is assigned the mission of taking down a mysterious drug lord. As he discovers the intricate connections between law enforcement and organized crime, his worldview is radically shaken.

Drama

The Complex

The Square Root is a short form episodic series that explores memory and the small moments that make us who we are.

Short Drama

The Square Root

"These Thems" is about four friends who must navigate the messiness of exploring their gender and sexuality in New York City. We follow a newly-out lesbian who is taken under the wing of a nonbinary educator intent on training the straights.

Comedy

These Thems

“Under the Influence” is a thirty-minute episodic dramedy that follows six connected New York millennials as they navigate the sudden collapse of social media. The pilot is pioneered by Chloe Kendrick, who has just quit her job to become an influencer mere hours before the digital world falls to pieces.

Comedy

Under the Influence
We Demand

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
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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

Using real audio excerpted from feminist dating podcast #single, A SINGLE MOMENT animates real life dating stories to showcase how truly ridiculous dating can be.

Animation

A Single Moment

Aliens is an animated series about anxious extraterrestrials.

Animation

Aliens

Ever wondered about your parents' sex life? Neither did Molly and Elle until coming out and divorce forced them to learn. After a lifetime of dating men, Molly surprises herself when she falls in love with a woman for the first time.

Comedy

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Blue Cup Cafe

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
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In the near future, the alternative energy called "apolinium" has taken over the world. It is used everywhere as a more expensive material than gold, from medicines, high-tech materials, to the energy industry and drugs.

Drama

C.O.P

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!

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

An outwardly ambitious and charismatic opera singer fights to maintain her stature while silently struggling with an eating disorder and a trauma inflicted by her grad school peer, until her destructive behaviors threaten to dismantle her budding singing career.

Drama

Crescendo

Darryl Walker is a lost soul with a handlebar moustache. An aspiring long distance runner, he recently collapsed during his latest marathon. A YouTube video of his efforts went viral and now Darryl's an internet sensation for all the wrong reasons.

Comedy

Darryl. an Outward Bound Story

Denise is bored in her marriage, while Raymonde is single and desperate to find a husband. The two friends meet once a week to share their romantic setbacks with more or less judicious advice over a glass of wine and shots of tequila. A series that will comfort women and surprise men.

Short Comedy

Denise & Raymonde

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.

Devoted film-fans pack-in their sedentary ways and travel to the dramatic destinations where their favorite movies took place. This entertaining travel series follows our knowledgeable movie buffs as they explore the film industry’s infinite backlot - the world we live in.

Reality/Unscripted

FilmTrip

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

A follow up to the viral short Girl Night Stand (17+ million views). A woman craving connection during Covid, reaches out to her ex-girlfriend.

Short Comedy

Girl Night Stand: Chp. 2

“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

Life is tough for Geoffrey Giraffe Jr. Barbie dumped him for G.I. Joe, his father disowned him, and he’s living in an abandoned toy warehouse. But you know what they say? “When Hashem closes a door, he opens a window!”

Short Comedy

How Do You Jew?

The secrets of a small upstate town that revolve around an eccentric scientist (William Sadler) begin to unravel when a private eye from the city (Richard Kind) takes on a seemingly mundane job in an effort to rekindle a relationship with his ex wife (Jessica Hecht).

Drama

Hudson Falls
If i'm alive next week...

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...
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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

How far would you go for a better life? Lucia crosses the Suchiate river with her daughter Carmen into Mexico, heading for the U.S. border. While traveling, she meets Matias, an offhanded father, making the trek with his son, Nicolas.

Short Drama

La Ruta
Lizard Brain

Jon’s struggle with his mental health is illuminated in his relationships with women. A short dramedy about the everyday impacts of toxic masculinity and men’s unchecked mental health.

Short Drama

Lizard Brain
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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

We follow the journey of Akin, a wannabe director and a quirky bunch of 7 other young creatives who seek to fulfill their dreams to become filmmakers, at a struggling film school, somewhere in Lagos.

Drama

My Film School

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

OH MY STARS is a drama set In the days of the Great Depression. A disfiguring factory accident and a miserable home life compel a young woman to leave Kentucky for San Francisco. Her plan: to be the second suicide off the Golden Gate Bridge.

Short Drama

Oh My Stars

A comedy TV series about Father Steve, a priest who wants to increase the scope of his forgiveness, so he creates the Online Confessional: a bold website that goes against the church's conservative doctrines - but allows him to serve devotees anywhere.

Comedy

Online Confessional

In each chapter, meet a boy or a girl who live in different contexts but have something in common: Their center of life is art, which has become for them a beach where they can pour out their emotions, express themselves and create.

Documentary

Painting Stars

Two (not so good) friends realize they are better together than alone.

Comedy

Pretend Partners

QUEENS is a comedy-mystery whodunnit following an eclectic cast of Toronto drag queens leading up to the night of the “Miss Church Street” pageant.

Short Comedy

Queens

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

Two Hollywood stunt men, Cid Mooney and Cal Walker, get roped into selling drugs for the owner of the ranch. Someone has spiked their product and killed multiple clients.

Drama

Sunset Cowboys

Two recently single New Yorkers meet through an online dating site that proves to be much more complicated than anticipated.

Comedy

Swipe

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

How many times have you been transformed by love?

Drama

The Morphable Man

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

When our long-term counselors return for the summer of their lives, they think they’ll be picking up right where they left off last year. But when their fearless leader is kicked out before the kids even arrive they’re suddenly left to fend for themselves.

Comedy

Timberwood
VAL

VAL mixes live-action and animation to tell the story of a New York artist and her tween daughter as they face hard financial realities, financial security, and sexuality with unsparing honesty while maintaining a vibrant sense of fun.

Other

VAL
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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

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After D!sney

Comedy

Jenny Gorelick

Former child star on a hit 2000’s Disney show, Maddie Marano will stop at nothing to be famous again, even if it means competing with, or worse, working with, her TV sister and pop sensation, Sky.

Alex is Black (Pilot)

Comedy

Alex Haynes

His mom is black, his dad is white, and Alex is… confused. how does one navigate life as a black man with white privilege? "Alex is Black" is a comedy that explores our relationship to identity, family, the world at large and the many ways we sabotage all three.

American Virtuosa

Drama

Lillie Gardner

American Virtuosa is an hour-long historical drama limited series based on the life of Amy Beach, America’s first successful woman composer. It’s the story of a young prodigy in nineteenth-century Boston who must fight gender barriers and her own family to follow her dream of being a world-famous musician. The series is a “feminist Amadeus” comprising of 6-8 episodes that are tonally similar to The Queen’s Gambit and visually rich as a nod to Amy’s synesthesia—her experience of music as color.

Baby Fakers

Comedy

Tom Ciaccio

Jonathan and Cassie, best friends and media co-workers in their early 30's believe their careers have stalled due to perceptions about their personal lives. Jonathan is a married gay video producer whose husband Alex doesn't want to have children. Cassie is a single bisexual female writer-editor without a significant other. Both are thought of as "less than an adult" by their parent colleagues. After they are simultaneously passed over for career-advancing opportunities, Cassie announces that she is pregnant with Jonathan's baby (a total lie!).

Becoming Miss Jones

Comedy

Eliza Maher

After the untimely death of her father, Maggie, a struggling musical theatre actress, must return to her hometown of Buffalo, NY where she is unceremoniously tasked with caring for her kooky grieving mother, and taking over her high school alma mater's dying theatre program - chalk full of know-it-all Gen Z-ers and memories she's tried hard to forget. Hers is the homecoming every 30-something with a dream does their best to avoid. But as her late dad once said: if you don't laugh...you'll cry.

Beyond Suffern

Comedy

Arden Kass and Mark Gallini

Disillusioned by the political, cultural and environmental missteps of our times, two ultra-woke Brooklyn families (and a few friends) reject their inauthentic, consumerist lifestyles to found a sustainable Intentional Community on an up-cycled Hudson River Valley “farmette”. It goes even worse than you might expect.

Bohemian Academy

Comedy

Capri Sampson, Myles Warden & Aaron David Roberts

When the lonely, 10 year old Lashawn Reid skips two grades to ascend to junior high, he leaves the comfort of his home school life with his best friend Dad behind for a more traditional school program at a quirky Charter middle school. After bonding with a small group of peers over mutual distaste of boring lunch periods where everyone is glued to their phone, Lashawn and his new friends have one common goal: make recess fun again.

Canusa Street

Comedy

Zack Morrison

Single Cam/Half Hour: In a small town cut in half by the Vermont/Quebec border, a jaded US Border Patrol Agent struggles to stave off boredom while maintaining a fierce rivalry with her twin sister in the Canadian Mounties. “BROOKLYN NINE-NINE” meets “PARKS & REC”

Carnybirds

Drama

Rachel Music

What if running away to the circus was your only chance? In a white-trash noir set in 1992, lifelong carny Reine Calhoun resolves to kidnap her teenage daughter from an abusive foster home.

Class Presidents

Comedy

Jessie Cannizzaro and Marisa Brau-Reyes

Former high school debate star and current fast-talking lawyer, Mimi Ramirez, is feeling adrift. When her prestigious high school leadership camp invites her for alumni weekend, she jumps at the chance to recapture the inspiration that she found there. What she finds instead is a struggling organization strapped for cash and friends that inexplicably hate her. And the idea of success that she was fed as an impressionable teen? Honestly? Horseshit.

Crossing State Lines

Drama

Kate Bailey

Five years after a popular amendment to the constitution redefined states’ rights, creating fifty individual power structures, one Florida family sets off on a road trip across the country to Oregon, witnessing the good, the bad, and the ugly of what each state has decided is right for them.

Dakota

Drama

Justin Secor

n this drama series, Dylan, a cynical, down-and-out political aid in Chicago, recounts his memories of his life with him and his three friends in Bismarck, North Dakota during the Dakota oil boom to a journalist he meets in a bar. As he tells his story, it all becomes clear as to why everything about his former life in North Dakota went up in smoke.

Deblandia

Comedy

Paula Skaggs

Shannon, a State Department employee whose career is going nowhere, is in over her head when she accepts a temporary diplomat job for a micronation created by two eccentric women- who just declared international war on Germany. (Loosely based off the very true story of the Principality of Sealand).