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.
Join us to see the full shows live at the festival in Duluth, MN from Sept 29-Oct 2. Meet the creators, writers and cast & crew that bring them to life!
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Beer Frontier is a Craft Beer Destination Show
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Swatched is a docu-series that challenges every stereotype that comes to mind when you hear the words, “knit and crochet.”
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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”
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.
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
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.
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.
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).