Come join us at Fine & Raw for the performance of excerpts from two upcoming works: I Don’t Live Today, an expressionistic drama about a disillusioned black visual artist from Mtume Gant, and Wild Cry Ha, a vigilante thriller from Catherine Fordham, currently in development. Stay for questions with the filmmakers after the reading.
Catherine Fordham is a New York-based writer, director, and producer. Her short films, Trapped Girl (2014), and Consommé (2015) have screened at festivals in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Tel Aviv, and have been featured in the Huffington Post, The Greek National Herald and The Hollywood Reporter. Catherine’s feature-length screenplay, Wild Cry Ha, made it to the final round of Sundance Screenwriting Labs in 2017. And this Spring, she became the first recipient of Nitehawk Cinema’s The Future of Film is Female grant to develop her short film, KAYA, which is currently in post-production. A member of Cinefemme, a bi-coastal filmmaking collective, Catherine was selected to attend Werner Herzog’s Rogue Film School in Munich, Germany in 2016, where she learned to pick locks.
Karina Ortiz is an award nominated Dominican American actress born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. She is the middle child and only girl among her two brothers. Due to her younger brother being diagnosed with cerebral palsy as a baby, her family moved to New York City when she was 4 years old in order to provide him with better care and opportunities. Upon graduating from college, she performed on Off-Broadway stages in NY and around the country as the leading role, Angelita in "Platanos and Collard Greens." Soon after, she booked her first co-star role playing Mercedes, the sister of Dr. Ruben Marcado (Played by Lin-Manuel Miranda) in NBC's "Do No Harm." She went on to book roles in "Blue Bloods", "Royal Pains," "Turn: Washington's Spies" and more. She is known for her recurring role as Margarita on "Orange Is The New Black" and her supporting role as Lupita Garza in Nat Geo's "The Long Road Home" garnered her a 2018 Imagen Awards nomination
Allison Layman has worked at regional theatres across the country and can be seen as “Shelby” on Hulu’s THE PATH. MFA: The Old Globe/USD.