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Redneck Weddings at the Hoboken International Film Festival!

Creator and Writer Catherine Natale on the red carpet

Creator and Writer Catherine Natale on the red carpet

My friends and I doing a selfie at the Hoboken International Film Festival

My friends and I doing a selfie at the Hoboken International Film Festival

Creator Catherine Natale before the award show at the Hoboken international film festival Paramount Theatre

Me at the theatre before show

At the marquee sign

At the marquee sign

Redneck Weddings got it’s debut at the Hoboken International Film Festival. It was my first experience as a Filmmaker/Creator being accepted at a festival. Out of 1500 entries only 150 were selected and only 14 TV pilots were chosen.

So, it was a big deal for everyone involved with Redneck Weddings!

I had a blast to say the least.

Here are some photos of my time in Middletown NY. Yes Middletown NY not Hoboken NJ. You see they had a fire at a theatre in Hoboken the festival Director Kenneth Del Vechicco was shooting a film up in Middletown and decided to hold the festival there! The Paramount Theatre is a beautiful theatre Redneck Weddings was shown in the big theatre. I was 50 feet tall!!!

Burt Young was honored at the festival among other celebrities that came out! It was quite a week.

Enjoy
Red Carpet Interview: https://vimeo.com/98828797

Redneck Weddings Creator and Writer being interviewed.

Redneck Weddings Creator and Writer being interviewed.

Hoboken International Festival

Hoboken International Festival

website: http://www.redneckweddingstv.com
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Redneck-Weddings-Comedy/131800780233767

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Redneck Weddings The Saga Continues!

Hi Everyone,

I am amazed at all my fans that continue to view my blog even though I took a hiatus.  I am slowing getting back so stay with me and I will continue I am sure with more information and funny stories.

On a sad note:

Redneck Weddings did not get funded on Kickstarter this past October.  I was disappointed but more determined then ever to continue my show.  I have sent it to a number of festivals and production companies!

But the fan base is growing by social media.

I am now embarking on Indiegogo  fundraiser in a month to shoot a few promo spots for the show a way to market the project and add to “Meet the Characters” the pilot presentation for Redneck Weddings.     So, the quest continues…..my plan B.

So for those who are new to this blog check out the link below.  We also got on Rooftopcomedy.com in “funny films”!

https://www.youtube.com/user/redneckweddingstv

I am also in a film that I acted in called Wheels it is opening up the end of January with Christopher Hume from Pirates of the Caribbean I got to work with him he is sexy and very talented!  We have a fight scene he got beat up a little by me.

And I am co-writing a new webseries called ” All About Manos”  which I will be in with actress Eden Young.  A dark comedy about two women one is a stalker and the other character is a hoarder and they both live in Los Angeles!

So, if you are out there down and feeling un-inspired please..dust yourself off and press on!

Here is a funny photo to make your day!

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She looks like me when I go shopping!

Take care!

Redneck Weddings ….The Call to Action the “Inner-Web”!

After the reading of my TV pilot at the end of October last year,  I realized that the Internet was my best resource, at least to continue to develop “Redneck Weddings”.  Today, anyone can create content with a lot of work and commitment.  Because of the internet average person like me can produce in a small way.  Years ago, it would be impossible to do!  What a lot artists do now on youtube etc.  I mean some projects don’t look professional but there are people who have really great content… they get themselves out there.   Technology has opened up a Pandora box.   Everyone is looking for content no one knowns the next big hit . Cable and Networks are always on the look out and the one place they go to is the Web.

  The web is like space “boundless”!

Even celebrity’s are getting involved with “web series” format.  Top agencies have whole departments for their clients so they can get exposure for bigger and better things.   But they have staff and the connections that I or someone who just has an idea does not have.  So, for me it is “grassroots” getting on to social media and working those boards. It is a job I am not going to lie .   Be prepared to WORK and the belief system from a lot of people and yourself.    And not everyone will like your project. Rejection at it’s best.  I guess being an actor, I am use to it to a point but writing is so personal that you can’t  help getting your feelings hurt after they read your masterpiece.  

Last year, around the time of the Holidays  I started writing those webisodes.  Not easy to do.  Webisodes are little stories that have a beginning and end within 4 to 5 pages.  When writing for the web it has to be quick.  Again, something that I had never done before another step on my journey to developing this show.  

When I create I do my best work when I have some conflict.  I don’t know why but when I am real happy I suck!  So, the holidays are a good time for me.   But also a sad time having lost most of my family. When I think about  my immediate family at dinner-time growing up  I am the only one left living at that dinner table now.   If you have lost anyone special in your life the holidays are always tough.  

So, writing this became my escape.  Comedy always comes from conflict.  The funniest comedians usually are the saddest people in real life.  Their mission is to make other people laugh so they can laugh too.

So, as I plow though these little situations (scripts)  my imagination took hold.  These scripts became a little bit more edgier.   I was getting more of the tone of the characters on how they would speak to one another and seeing it visually the way it should be shot and with the internet I could be edgy.   So, the project again was taking on a new life.  One that I could not imagine years before when they were just outlines of situations.   

My husband is always my best critic.  I began the re-writes of these six scripts in total.  My husband would ask me why this or why that.  “Get to the point please” he would say.  Back to re-write hell but that is the only way.   By the New Year all six webisodes were done and my tears and blood where on those pages! 

And now I was ready to put it all in motion .  Start Pre-Production. With no money to do it.  How was I going to this?  One of the biggest hurdles was seeing my characters on tape, come to life so to speak.     

“Redneck Weddings” almost ended up back in the drawer for a second time.  At the start of the New Year  this project would test my will and determination more than any role I had ever done as an Actress.

I had nothing to lose!   As one of the characters in “Redneck Weddings”   calls the internet the “Inner-Web” the internet would be become a great testing ground!   But how was I going to set it in motion?

I am a perfectionist and it has to be done right.

The call to action was about to take place.

Stayed tuned!

 Twitter:   @redneckweddings

A Unknown “Character Actress” in the Jungles of Hollywood!

As I sit here writing this new article for my blog, my attention span of talking about my web series is getting side-track.  You see I am going over a few scenes for an audition I have this week.  I am reading for a role as a” hoarder”!  I get really great character roles.  I play a lot of quirky characters, Mom’s and  a lot of comedy and once in a while, I get to play a crazy person that either gets stuffed in the truck of a car or ends up in an asylum.  I have a good scream and can cry on a moment’s notice. 

All in the life of an Actress! I love being a character actress I can get old and fat  (somewhat) and no one cares.  I am  “Real” and “Different” or “Earthy”  as they put it in Los Angeles.    I don’t look like the typical actress here.  I am not blonde and hot and certainly not twenty – one anymore.   Character actors do not work until they are much older.  But we get those roles that leading ladies just don’t get and I get this  comment  “Oh You look  familiar, I have seen you somewhere but I don’t know where” from people.    Perfect existence.    In fact, recently, I was at a callback and it was for a TV show pilot that I played a “Mom” whose daughter gets saved by a wolf and I think she is dead but the wolf rescues her and I thank the Wolf.  Very touching scene only my type would get called in for that.

 At that callback of the wolf show, I spoke to another lady who was auditioning… we just started talking.  I told her about my pilot “Redneck Weddings”  and when I said that I was working on it for the past six years she just looked at me with amazement.  “Oh I try to write. I have all these ideas, but I could not work on something for six years”.  That is way too long.

As I write this piece about being an actress in Hollywood like a scene in a  TV movie or a bad reality show…. I just got word that I have an audition tomorrow  for a network show comedy show that is really popular and is a really good credit IF I get it.   I can’t say the show I am auditioning for… but I am auditioning for two roles, so my chances are better then usual and this show really digs my look. 

Ha ha!   

Wish me luck I have to go off and study!  I promise I will get back to the web series.

Me (Catherine Natale) as a person from the 1960’s My Madmen Shot.

Catherine Natale