Screenplays | 2017
A mother on the verge of a psychotic break believes that her disabled son’s condition is caused by a demonic possession. She seeks the assistance of her Prophet, who convinces her that she must destroy this demon by conducting an extreme, cult ritual that puts her son’s life in mortal and spiritual danger. However, she must first overcome the resistance of her brilliant husband, against whom she squares off in a brutal knock-down, drag-out fight.
THADA CATALON is a screenwriter-producer whose filmmaking career thus far includes her latest production “Created Equal.” The film WON two Festival Awards ("Best Actor" and "Best Director") and also earned NOMINATIONS ("Best Actor" and "Best Actress") for the Imagen Awards.
Catalon’s first foray into producing was “Because I Love You.” Her next production, “Alternate Realities,” was the WINNER of the Houston Filmmaker Grant. Her script, “Amber’s Alert,” has been officially selected at Influxpalooza and AOF Festival.
Eliza Harris is a privileged Mulatto slave in the Antebellum South. The year is 1852 and she lives on a Kentucky plantation owned by Arthur Shelby. After Eliza's husband escapes to Canada with plans to buy his family's freedom, she overhears Shelby arranging to sell her four-year-old son to a notorious slave trader. Eliza’s subsequent journey and struggle to protect her child is more powerful than any physical, legal or psychological boundary line. An adaptation, based upon the novel Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe.
A Houston, Texas native living in NYC, Kym is a graduate student at Harvard University, pursuing her Masters Degree in Literature & Creative Writing. She holds an undergraduate degree from Prairie View A&M University. Kym experimented with various occupations, from Physician’s Assistant and NBA Houston Rockets Dancer to Kindergarten Teacher, but her favorite role is the one she’s doing now - being a Mommy and writing. She loves reading novels that centralize courage and feature women of color.
Brandi Nicole Payne
Muted explores the collision between race, media, implicit bias and one mother's fight to find her missing daughter.
Brandi Nicole Payne is an actor, writer and “artivist" from California by way of Las Vegas. An HBO Access Fellow, Athena List Finalist and Second Rounder for both Austin Film Festival and the Sundance Screenwriters Lab, her work has been featured on HBO and Cinemax and has won multiple awards at various film festivals. As an Emergence Program winner, Brandi's next film, a short about new motherhood titled "Aloha," will be her directorial debut.
Chris Courtney Martin
Naia is a reclusive author living with multiple sclerosis. When her long-missing twin brother is found comatose alongside a fellow captive (John), Naia's world is turned upside down. While allowing John to stay in her home, Naia prods him for answers regarding the circumstances of her brother's disappearance. But John appears too traumatized to speak of what they endured at the hands of The Lamb, the unhinged religious zealot who imprisoned them - and still remains at large. As Naia and John find solace in each other, The Lamb terrorizes them in order to reclaim John, his favorite "disciple."
Chris Courtney Martin is a screenwriter/producer from Philadelphia. She learned her craft through the Philadelphia Young Playwrights organization and honed it through Drexel University's CineTV program. After graduating with a B.S. in Screenwriting & Playwriting, Martin worked as a coverage analyst and racked up multiple contest wins/placements. In 2017, Martin announced her upcoming web series "H.E.I.R.," co-created with Drexel pal Etienne Maurice. The series is executive produced by Sheryl Lee Ralph and Niecy Nash.