THADA CATALON began her film career in 2008 as an actress.
Her acting & filmmaking career thus far includes work in several short films, commercials, webisodes, music videos and seven feature films; to include her latest productions efforts “Created Equal” which was directed by Bill Duke and stars Aaron Tveit, Lou Diamond Phillips and Edy Ganem. The film has gone on to win over a dozen awards including Best Feature Film (BronzeLens Film Festival) and Best of the Festival (Lady Filmmakers Film Festival) and also earned NOMINATIONS (Best Actor and Best Actress) for the Imagen Awards.
Catalon’s first foray into producing was the urban crime drama “Because I Love You” starring Chico Benymon, Billy Sorrells and Courtney Cameron. Her follow-up feature length production was “Alternate Realities” starring Donny Boaz, Tom Sizemore and Christopher Judge, in which she was the winning recipient of the inaugural Houston Filmmaker Grant. The film went on to WIN Best Sound Design and was NOMINATED for Best Drama at the 10th Annual 2014 Action on Film Festival. Thada also contributed as Unit Production Manager for the feature length film “The Last Man Club."
Catalon’s first feature length screenplay, “Amber’s Alert,” has been selected as a finalist, runner-up and semi-finalist at a half dozen film festivals to include UrbanWorld and the Filmmakers International Screenwriting Awards. Her screenplay, "Bad Romance" is a quarter finalist in ScreenCraft's 5th Annual Screenwriting Fellowship competition.
Aside, from holding three academic degrees including a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Full Sail University, a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Catalon further cultivated her experience in film by pursuing a degree in Filmmaking from The Art Institute of Houston. Catalon later taught filmmaking and screenwriting classes at the Art Institute of Houston.
Thada is also the founder of Diversity in Cinema Film Group; an organization that offers filmmaking classes and workshops for those who seek to develop their knowledge and experience in filmmaking and/or wants to expand their existing knowledge into another field of study.
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