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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

http://www.robvalle.com/home.html

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

Itunes link:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/redneck-weddings-tv-theme/id1012281825?i=1012281830&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

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!

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Lady Liberty! USA

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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

Redneck Weddings! Gets into the Hoboken International Film Festival May 30th to June 5th

Hi Everyone,

I have been busy with so many things and as I write on my blog I don’t know where to start.   Ha!  I want to thank everyone who continues to share this blog and follow it.  People say that I have a lot of passion, drive and heart I have learned that when you follow your heart you can never go wrong in anything that you tried to accomplish.  I know that sounds corny but sometimes what your parents or grandparents tell you it never goes out of fashion.  I guess I am an old soul.  I like old music I think I wrote about that on another post that Sammy Davis Jr and Frank Sinatra is what I like to hear.  It brings me back to my childhood and my memory of my Godmother and may I say my Mother who use to sing those songs back in the day.  My mother was my biggest fan and always encouraged me to continue even when things seem bleak.    I am so use to “No” that when something good happens I get like “Wow” this is happening to me?   So, as I ramble now I remember now what I wanted to tell you…

I guess you can now call me a published writer.  I am on a new online magazine called No Strings Attached. This online magazine is getting some great attention.  It’s about everything, travel, entertainment, News stories etc.    If you like my commentary I know you will like these two articles.  It’s great fun to write and they also say write what you know.  There are two subjects that I love acting and my dog Athena.

Here are some links:

http://www.nostringsattached-enews.com/

http://www.nostringsattached-enews.com/entertainment/almost-famous-what-it-must-be-like

http://www.nostringsattached-enews.com/tutorials-mainmenu-48/happy-birthday-to-my-diva-dog-athena

A film that I worked on as an actress called Wheels got accepted into the Newport Beach Film Festival this past month.

Here is the trailer:  https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=733561516675212

I also want to let you know that the Hoboken International Film Festival has accepted my TV Pilot Redneck Weddings.  Like Sally Field’s once said as she accepted her Oscar “They like me they like me they REALLY Like ME!”  It is under TV Pilots.  Hoboken International Film Festival is one of the top ten festivals in the USA.   The festival is May 30th to June 5th.   This will mark the debut for Redneck Weddings at a film festival.  It is in the running to be voted a nominee for best TV Pilot!  Let’s hope.

The screening will be on June 1st at 4 pm at the Paramount Theatre in Middletown NY.  So, anyone out there who would like to see it on the big screen feel free to come on by.  Tickets are very reasonable cheaper than a movie.

http://www.hobokeninternationalfilmfestival.com/

http://www.hobokeninternationalfilmfestival.com/schedule-ticket-information/tickets-schedule-2014/

So there you go.

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“Redneck Weddings” will be on Vegas Unwrapped Radio Show!

Hope everyone is well!

I have been busy with my show Redneck Weddings and doing some continued press. Redneck Weddings is getting noticed and not confirmed yet…. but I might have another production company interested in shopping or pitching the show!

It always seems unreal or amazing to me that this little show that I started by little short stories about a wedding chapel would balloon to something bigger than I had ever thought. I think what I am trying to say is that you must have courage and believe and push forward no matter how bleak things seemed in the present or future sometimes adversity can be your best friend if you take a stand. I am stubborn my husband of 18 years is always telling me that!

PETER & CATHERINE COUPLE SHOT

I will be in a documentary called “Luck Be a Lady” by Kevin Silva that will open in theaters in the fall. I was interviewed by Kevin I had sent him an e-mail when I found out about his documentary which is about Wedding Chapels in Las Vegas! How perfect is that! He interviewed me on camera and I made the cut I will be in Luck Be a Lady!

Also I will be on Vegas Unwrapped it is a internet radio show on Klav 1230 AM that broadcasts from Las Vegas the hosts are Aaron Phillips and Ricky Cash I will be on Thursday August 15th between 7:15 pm to 9:00 PM (West Coast) my husband Peter Papageorgiou will also be on talking about our pilots yes we both of shows in development! His is Late Bloomers a wacky comedy about four guys who just turned forty and looking for a better chapter in their life. So they move from NY and give Los Angeles a shot.

https://www.facebook/vegasunwrappedinternetradio
be a friend on Facebook they have a page!
https://www.klav1230am.com/Shows/Vegas-Unwrapped.html

Late bloomers group cropped @750

Best of luck to everyone! Keep truckin!

You can find me on twitter and facebook through my website and get a taste of the show.
https://www.redneckweddingstv.com/

Redneck Weddings! Never a Dull Moment!

Hi Everyone, Thanks so much for your support. I enjoy your comments and feedback and the love that everyone has for this comedy Redneck Weddings.

As promised updates are in order. It has been a little while since I have written something on my blog. So many things and changes that I sometimes feel like I am in my own movie! LOL.

So, I will let you know that Redneck Weddings now a shoppers agreement with a production company called Panda Propaganda here in Los Angeles. Which means that my little show will be shopped around to see if it can actually get a home a good cable or internet home that is right for the project.

Also I just got done filming a new documentatry called “Luck Be a Lady” by Kevin Silva. He has been working on this project for over a year and was such a great sport he interviewed me about my experiences working in a Wedding Chapel. You know I mentioned Redneck Weddings.

What else? Oh we are going to put together a little music video for the show. Yes that right. A very catchy great country song was written for the show. Bob Valle has written and did the vocals for this very funny song. So we are going to put together a music video with the footage of the show, Bob singing and playing the banjo, guitar and drums along with additional footage that was shot of just me running around in a wedding dress as Breesy Carson one of the characters in the show.

The teaser is on our youtube channel. Go to youtube.com
in search on youtube type in

redneckweddingstv

And you will see me in all my glory.

Also another interview “Question Reality” with Prescilla Leona on Talk Radio LA Channel 1. I will be on her show Sunday June 9th. So feel free to call in and say Hi.

There are other things coming up that I will wait to vent about them.

I wanted to say Hi and best wishes to you all.

My Strange Existance at the Wedding Chapel and the Ghost Named Winnie!

As I walked out of the Chapel, I looked around there was a seedy hotel in the back with a lot of young girls coming out they were dressed a little risque.  I looked at my watch four PM.  I put two and two together.  These girls were hookers starting there shift for the evening.  The place the courthouse across the street is where they clocked in and went elsewhere.  Ha.

My first day at the Chapel was meeting Gus the Wedding Consultant.  He was from Ireland. How did he end up here?  He love to take photos.  Later on, I would see him instruct his subjects the (brides) into very suggestive poses on their wedding day.  Not kidding. Everyone would laugh as he tried to get the light just right. The groom did not know what to say and had a very uncomfortable look on his face.  Gus would walk in at times, pissed off and go in the back for some tea. He would say “The loonies will be out tonight.”  And sure enough Nomi would fill me in on the events that happened the night before. Time to write it down.  One of my duties was to go across the street to the courthouse to drum up business.  The preacher and me. I would hand out flyer’s and the preacher would sing.  He had on a really bad sequin jacket but like a good performer he gave his all to the fans! The Preacher was a local celebrity of sorts he would open car dealerships, restaurants, sing at funerals. Other Elvis look-likes from other towns would torment him with fancier cars and would try to steal away business from him.

Nomi…. I found out had been married so many times that she lost count. And that making flowers was her therapy for the brides that would come in.  I myself, would start to get attached to some of these brides even though I had been married for some time.

Winnie the Ghost:

As time went on I got stuck doing the night shift.    Well, little did I know the Chapel was haunted.  The ghost was named Winnie.  Apparently she was the original owner of the chapel.  She would make her presence known to me and everyone.  I would hear noises in the back. I would yell out. Hello!  Hello!   As I traveled to the back no one was there.  Blinds would go up and down as I sat in the kitchen. Candles would burn out during a ceremony.  One night, while I was watching TV in that cluttered room where I was hired months before… I saw her in the next room. She seem to be cooking or making something.

There are so many situations and stories that are covered in the show.  All I know is my print- outs of what happened at the Chapel was beginning to grow.

Five months later,  I found a new job.  A better one.  Little did I know that the Chapel never left me even to this day.    Now I will take you to another journey.  How “Redneck Weddings” would become a show and how it would consume me for the next six years. And that creative groove that I lost started creeping back.

My Start of a New Life in a Strange Town!

Life can be strange so many twists and turns one never knows what will happen.

Events in life really set the path sometimes for the future.  From 2000 to 2003 I went through a series of family loss’ that really put me in a funk.  One right after the other.

I needed a change. Start my life a new.  Which meant moving away from the East Coast where I have lived all my life, saying goodbye to friends and family.  Which was hard. Everyone kept telling me “You will be back”.

Back East, I had a regular job.  Like most actors we are usually UN-employed most of the time.  Frustrated with show business I decided to make a change.  I announced to my husband, we will move were no one knows us, live like regular people and quit the business.  There had to be something else I was good at!   So I bought a house. Think big right.  No more apartments that were cramped 900 hundred square feet anymore we would live finally with space, closets and a backyard for my lab.  So I embarked on my journey we packed up our bags, left most of our furniture behind since we could not afford to take it.

And a way we went.  No job prospects either. It was a leap of faith.  When I arrived, I started searching for a job. That is when I found an ad for a Wedding Consultant in town.  I planned my own wedding so, I have experience.   I stood on the corner across the street and took a good look at the Chapel and almost to didn’t  go in.    In a seedy area, in town  a lot of run down motels around it.  As a New Yorker I got it. I guess it would be good business for people who just got married.  But I don’t think decent couples would go to these motels!  You would have to sleep with your clothes on!

The chapel itself was old and looked like it was from another time era OR I was on a movie set and did not know it.  It was advertised as the “Oldest Wedding Chapel” in town. Which is not saying much.

But being desperate, I went for it after all it was all or nothing.  As I entered the chapel,  there were people waiting to be interviewed. They all looked nervous.   After all this was a big job in town. A prize! One guy had a tee shirt on that said “No beer. No Work”. Ugh?   As I filled out the application form, I noticed how old is was!  It looked like a form from the 80’s we were in 2005 people!  Not even a space or a mention for cell or e-mail.  This is going to be interesting.   As, I looked around the  room I realized I was over-dressed.  I looked too urban. Oh well, I guess I am not in New York anymore!  And from this point on there was no turning back.

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