Writer - Director
Catherine is an award winning writer/director, actress and musician. She has taught at the NY Stage & Film Program, the Broadway Theater Institute, and been a guest artist, director and performer internationally. She is a National Film Challenge winner, and an Emerging Director finalist in Seattle. She was a kick off speaker for the Citizen Jane Film Festival, celebrating female directors, and recently chosen to receive a RAC grant. She is an NEA funded grant recipient, for her feature length screenplay Parallel Chords and has been commissioned to write three other screenplays. She was awarded “Best Feature Writer” at the LA Femme International Film Festival for her debut feature film, which also won Best Narrative Feature, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, and was nominated for the Emerging Director / New Filmmaker Forum in the St. Louis International Film Festival.
Additionally, she has created music for MTV, done string arrangements for Platinum selling Kate Nash, has performed on violin for an audience of 80,000, has recorded and/or performed w/Grammy artists, and numerous musicians of different styles. She has worked multiple times with favorite Theater World award winner, and recording artist Nellie McKay. As an actress, she has been in dozens of films, TV, and stage productions in New York and internationally.
Bjorn Johnson has accrued over 30 years professional experience as a working actor of stage and screen since receiving his BA in Dramatic Literature from George Williams College, Ill. Starring in countless theater productions, highlights include: the critically acclaimed US Premiere of Trio in Los Angeles, Cyrano: The Musical w/ Robert Guillaume on Broadway, and being cast in the 1st national tour of Les Misérables.
Bjørn is currently in COUNTERPART and has been a guest star on such hit TV shows as Dexter, Madmen, ER, the Sopranos, Nip/Tuck, Law and Order, Criminal Minds, and CHUCK, among others. His principle film credits range in tone from the psychologically twisted horror/thriller The Hunger, to the cult-comedy favorite Beerfest. Bjørn spent 15 years in NYC, furthering his study at Circle-In-The-Square Conservatory, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and Juilliard School of Drama and Opera Programs. Opening Bjørn Johnson Acting Studio in Los Angeles in 2001, Bjørn continues to push himself and his students to tackle projects that are challenging and scary.
Rachel Ann starred in the short version - Parallel Chords (overture), and returns in the lead role for the feature. She is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy's integrated program in New York City, and currently lives in NY while pursuing a career in acting. Since graduating she has had the pleasure of playing Dorothy in "Vestiges" at the Secret Theater, NY. Rachel is originally from the Catskills in upstate New York, where she performed at many local theaters. She met Parallel Chords writer, Catherine Dudley-Rose in NY when they both were in production of "The Cricket on the Hearth". Rachel has a long history with the script, and is excited to have had the chance to play the role of Jaqueline.
Laura Kirk was the co-writer and star of the critically acclaimed film Lisa Picard is Famous, directed by Griffin Dunne. It premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and was featured in many international and American festivals. After it screened at the Film Forum in New York City, Lisa Picard is Famous was called "hilarious" by Stephen Holden of the New York Times and "squirmingly funny" by Owen Glieberman of Entertainment Weekly. It is included in John Gaspard's book Fast, Cheap and Under Control... Lessons Learned from the Greatest Low Budget Movies of All Time.
Laura grew up in Kansas and got her degree in theater and film from the University of Kansas, and later moved to New York to study with Wynn Handman, Suzanne Esper, and improv with Alan Arkin. American Honey, and The Sublime and Beautiful feature Laura, and she has continued acting and producing independent films in Kansas where she now lives. She met Catherine at the Citizen Jane Film Festival in Columbia, MO.
.Hunter Scott MacNair is an American actor born and raised in the Sonoma Valley. He has extensive experience acting on stage in New York City and was trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. With the majority of his experience being in classical theatre, he is proud to be a part of Parallel Chords, his first feature film, and looks forward to many more projects with this creative team.
Corey Webb recently moved to Los Angeles from his hometown of Charleston, SC after spending two years studying electronic music production in London. He holds a B.A. in Music Theory /Composition but spent his middle/high school years studying acting at the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities as well as the Charleston County School of the Arts. Now he primarily does voice-over work and songwriting/singing work for agencies based in London and in Brazil. His music can be heard in the film, and a chance to act on camera now and again is one of his guilty pleasures. He is truly grateful to have been Marty in the short and to be playing the role of Matthew in the feature Parallel Chords.
Ella plays the young version of Jaqueline in the feature film. Ella is a wonderful, and bright, young talent who studies piano with Catherine (the director) and performs yearly in the Nutcracker. This is her first film.
Cinematographer - Feature Film
Kyle grew up in St. Louis, MO in the heart of the Midwest, where his interests in the arts came about at a very young age. After working in the music industry for some time, Kyle’s artistic passions eventually evolved into a need to create images through cinematography. After making the jump from music to film, he’s never looked back. His projects have screened internationally and garnered awards throughout the indie circuit, showing from the Berlin Fashion Film Festival to the British Film Institute: Future Film Festival to the American Documentary Film Festival in Palm Springs, California, Cannes and SXSW. His special skill set and Midwest roots give him a unique perspective and allow him to push the script and director’s vision forward, while always creating stunning and impressionistic imagery. His influences come from all realms of the arts including cinematographers like Harris Savides, Reed Morano, and Gordon Willis. Kyle is currently based in Los Angeles, where he works in both narrative filmmaking and commercial cinematography. Kyle has two films as colorist at the 2018 Sundance film festival and is also our colorist for Parallel Chords.
Allyson Mace is the founder and owner of Sauce Magazine in St. Louis. While new to the film world, Allyson has a lengthy history of promoting the food entertainment society and highlighting creative artistry in that community for over 15 years. She has created numerous events that have been admired nationally. She facilitated in this film production as her debut feature film endeavor. She was recently honored in NYC as one of 16 people in the U.S. to be given Folio magazine's "Up and Coming Trailblazer" award.
Ford has an extraordinary range as an actor and has appeared in over 20 independent feature and short film productions, along with writing and directing short films of his own. He was born in St. Louis and earned a bachelor's degree in Film Production at Webster University. Ford works as an actor, filmmaker and composer in St. Louis and Los Angeles. We are pleased to have him play the role of Damon Archer.
We could not be more fortunate to have Patrick return to Parallel Chords as our DIT and editor for the feature film! Patrick did an amazing job editing the short. In addition to editing, Patrick is also a drummer and an award winning director from St. Louis. He was the perfect match for our music driven film, and his work as an editor was seen at the Sundance film festival in 2016 & 2018! Patrick was also on the editing team for the Academy Award winning Mad Max: Fury Road.
Patrick started 2018 off with two films at Sundance, "Men Don't Whisper", and "Clara's Ghost". He is also the winner of the James Bay Film Project which funds a short film through the Universal Music Group with Patrick at the helm working with Grammy nominated musician James Bay. Patrick is based in Los Angeles, California.
Casey Hartig - Sound
Taylor Bevirt - Assistant Camera Operator
Allyson Mace - Producer
Jenn Rudisill - Production Coordinator, Line Producer
Forest Wharton - Gaffer
James Gamble, Mark Stone - Key Grip
Sean Lass - Dolly Grip
Michael Parks - Best Boy Electric
Julius Damenz - Second AC
Ryan Caldwell - Associate Producer
Doug Martin - Assitant Director
Chelsea Zotta - Script Supervisor
Gypsi Pate - Production Design
Scott Breihan - Costume Designer
Kasey Lamm, Hannah Gates - Makeup
Parker Baugh, Haley Hall - Art Department
Bob Rocca - Catering, Rain, Renaissance Man
Melissa Katich - Key PA