Redneck Weddings! Like Jackie Gleason Once Said “Hamana-hamana-hamana-hamana”!

Hi Everyone,

I know it’s been a while but inspiration and ups and downs. You get the picture! Well, I will just talk about the positive

Happy 4th of July!

I hope everyone is well and I want to thank you for reading this blog.  I have done over 50 posts it’s seems like yesterday when I did my first every post or blog for that matter.

I have a few things to get off my chest.

Acting wise:  A film that I did called Killers at Play won “Best Thriller” at the Amsterdam Film Festival this year.  I played Sara who gets set up by the killers when her husband gets killed as the couple try to move out of their hometown.   It is a horror flick and it was great working with a great director Larry DeGala and Don Hewitt as by husband.   I love working with all that blood (fake) and first time in a horror film.  It was cool.

“Beyond the Pale” a film I did back in 1999 “Wow”.  IMDb (International Movie Database)  considers it the top ten Irish films of all time available on Amazon we made #8 on the list.  I played a fast hooker chick but with a heart of gold.

I am in the middle of getting a webseries together “All About Manos”  its a dark comedy.  Stepbrothers meets Thelma & Louise I will be shooting hopefully in late fall.   And I am involved with a reality show called “It’s A Wrap” very cool show about wrapping cars that is in development.   I guess that is why I have not had time to get to my blog!!!  LOL

Redneck Weddings is doing good too.  I actually wrote three episodes and a whole package for pitching along with budgets stay tuned for this too I see up-coming opportunities in that department too.  I re-tooled the show and made it darker and with some drama to it.

“Redneck Weddings” the Music Video into a festival this past month “Art all Night” in Trenton NJ.  It was shown to thousands of people who attended the festival.  It is a 24 hour film and art festival with actual artists from all over the world displaying their art and film.    And the theme TV Song Redneck Weddings got a new version re-recorded by Rob Valle who wrote the song in twenty minutes. It so catchy! It has the fiddle and vocals that really make it so much more fuller than before.  It is also on itunes for purchase or just listen for the sample of it.   Gary Carter produced it and worked on it with Rob Valle. I got the best musicians in Nashville.  Gary Carter has worked with Pam Tillis, Faith Hill, Randy Travis and Kenny Chesney to name a few.  So honored and thrill to listen to knowing that I started from nothing.

Here is Rob Valle Website

Go on i-tunes then store/music  (In search)  type: Rob Valle and you will see it.

Itunes link:

Here they are:

Gary Carter with Rob Valle working on Redneck Weddings Theme Song

Gary Carter with Rob Valle working on Redneck Weddings Theme Song

The last couple of months I have been working on a game show for the Game Show Network as a (stand-in) dry rehearsals but I got a chance to work with Billy Gardell from Mike and Molly!   What a nice guy and he was a stand up comedian for many years.  Well, he reminds me a little of Jackie Gleason. Bigger than life and he has a big heart.

Jackie Gleason at his best.

Here is a promo of the Show.  And if you look at this promo you can see me running down to play from my throne on set!

Happy 4th of July!

Lady Liberty!  USA

Lady Liberty! USA

“Redneck Weddings” Gets on Blog Talk Radio with Joanne Mathis from Mathis Interiors Radio Show on September 9th!

Well, I am spreading the word about Redneck Weddings! I will be a guest on Mathis Interiors Radio Show on September 9th 5:00pm Pacific Time & 8:00 pm East Coast Time. Yay!

Host Joanne Mathis is a funny, positive person you should be a fan of her show!

I was fortunate to speak with her this past week and what is really crazy is that she went to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts like me and she also was involved with the Roundabout Theatre where I once studied back in New York! Plus we are both from New Jersey.

Small world right!

Mathis Interiors Radio Show is about passion, positive vibe, following your dream in whatever it may be.

If you have been following my blog you know that my passion is Art, Writing, “Redneck Weddings” my Scripted TV Pilot and Acting.

We are going to cover all that in our interview and hopefully I can pass that “can do” attitude to you too.

Here is the link that day to listen September 9th West Folks 5:00 pm – East Folks 8:00 pm.

Catherine Natale IMDb Page: Feel free to like!

Redneck Weddings Facebook Page: Join the Fun!
Have a safe Labor Day Weekend!
me in green Revised

Remembering the Greats And The Start of the Dreaded Word Called EDITING!

With Redneck Weddings, in the can I needed a break from everyone.  Not that I didn’t like my cast and crew and appreciated all their hard work…. now I had to re-tell the story and shape a show from scratch.  Editing is like doing surgery or like doing a science project on re-creating a monster!  LOL.  Remember those old B movies!

One of my favorites movies is Citizen Kane.  I love that film.  It is a masterpiece and still holds up today.   It came out in 1941, but the camera angles and the story telling is something that we have lost today with all our special effects.    I am not comparing Redneck Weddings with Citizen Kane but I wanted to bring to all of you some mistakes in editing that can happen even on a masterpiece.

An example in the film:

When Kane and Susan are speaking in their mansion, Susan is busying herself with jigsaw puzzles. The wide shot shows the jigsaw puzzle almost completed, but Susan’s close-up shows the jigsaw puzzle in pieces.

So, you see it happens.

I worked with the late Betty Garrett from MGM days a wonderful actress.

Cast of Waiting in the Wings. Catherine is on the floor. Betty Garrett is in the back standing in the center. It was her last play. Theatre West 2008

She and I would talk about Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly,  the MGM studio days, and Orson Welles she worked with him on a stage in a play in 1938 on (Broadway) in New York.  I would pick her brain about what it was like to be around the studio system.  Her memories of Orson Welles was that he was a genius and would have rehearsal all day and all night at times.  His wife Virginia Nicholson would come around and show him examples of what color she wanted the couch in their home because she would never see him unless she made a visit to the theater.  He would sleep in the theater consumed with the show he would change the script, the  set and blocking at a moments notice.   He would tell the actors once what he wanted and they better do it or they would get the stare or get fired.   He would work his cast to near exhaustion for that glimpse of perfection he so much desired.

When I worked with Betty Garrett in “Waiting in the Wings” at Theater West we became friends. We would be in a cramped backstage area putting on our makeup (grease paint) as she would say.   As we sat together side by side I began to hear her life story and she would give me tips and talk about old Hollywood and TV she had appeared in Norman Lear shows such as Laverne & Shirley and All in the Family.

Betty would hear my dialogue on stage from the speaker intercom backstage.  I would come off and she would be there sitting in her seat.  She would look at me with those wonderful blue eyes and  say I do take notice of your laughs . Those laughs are in the same place every time every night.  That takes skill my dear!    I would do the same in a play many years before with Imogene Coca in New York. Sitting side by side in a dressing room it is the most revealing time for an actor when he is about to go on.

Imogene and I  sat next to each as we put on our makeup and again I became friends with her.   Imogene had some really great wigs and stories about early TV…. a gift to a very young actress at the time (Me) .   She would stare in the mirror before going on and that flicker of that great comedic  spirit would come alive right before your eyes.

Me on stage with the wonderful Kathyrn Hendrick in Waiting in the Wings!

Back to the dreaded thing called EDITING!

“Redneck Weddings” had about 3 hours of footage.   But where to begin?  My husband Peter would edit he has edited his shorts and his pilot Late Bloomers.  So I was in good hands.

My hubby and editor.

I now became the assistant editor to Peter.   That is the person who logs each scene or take and logs all the voice files.  Yeah.   Even before any editing is done.  The map has to be laid out.  I could just imagine what it was like in 1941 editing. Cutting each scene by hand.  We now are in the digital age computers.  It has made the process quicker but not the creative road.  I had to forget the script so to speak and let the process begin.

As I started looking at each scene I could see the beginning of a show.  Primal but it was like that monster being created that I mentioned earlier.   Editing can make or break any project.  The months to come would drive Me and Peter and Michael into an obsession to get Redneck Weddings in shape.

The process now will begin getting “Redneck Weddings” on that road to perfection with all of it’s imperfections.

Friendship and Going Back in Time When Things Were Simple.

A footnote: My friend past last Saturday that this article is based on.   Prayers and peace.  May you rest in peace my friend.  I wrote this in 2012.

As I sit here to write this new post regarding Redneck Weddings… mind is wandering and I am thinking about an old friend who I have known since we were teenagers.  She has been diagnosed with cancer for a second time.  Young and active and a Mom of two it breaks my heart .  We live apart now.  But even though the miles between us my positive thoughts are with her.  My thoughts and prayers are with her and her family as she battles this horrible disease and I can’t help but remember the effects of this disease and what it  has done to some of my family members.

I know I am getting off track. But you see, we use to do shows together way back in New York.  She and I had acted together and later she would  dance up a storm in ballrooms and theatres in New York.  A girl from the lower east side she has courage and I know she will survive and put on her dancing shoes again.

Back then, we had no money.  I use to house sit apartments in the city, clean bathrooms at clubs, waitress to survive and stay at her parents place in the city at the time just to get away from New Jersey.

With my tip money we would go to a place called the Kiev and have two big bowls of soup with some bread. Memories…. life was simpler back then.  I kind of lived a bohemian life back then.  A couch to sleep on.   I would wake up with my makeup all smeared on my face from going clubbing the night before.  Waking up the next day to go to work or rehearsal or acting class  was the life back then.

We use to give each other clothes to wear for auditions. We would attend sometimes the same auditions and nothing usual changing into the same dress she had on prior (auditioning)  and me going into the audition room with the same dress on minutes later.  Many times her Mom would feed us.  Years later, because of her …. that is how I met my husband .    She started a theatre company,  he joined along with me, so in a way she was instrumental in finding my love.  That is how my husband and I met.

So, I hope you can understand why I am venting.   And thinking back……

God Bless You My Friend and Sister!   I love you!