An interview from the 2014 Band Pro Film & Digital One World Open House in Burbank, California with Cirina Catania. Cirina Catania is a veteran writer/director with credits in scripted and non-scripted as well as documentary. She has created everything from feature-length films to television series to ground-breaking music videos She produces a weekly one-hour live internet radio show, the Digital Production BuZZ at digitalproductionBuZZ.com and blogs at filmvault.biz .
In this interview we talk with Cirina about how she got started in the Film & Television industry, her role in the creation of the Sundance Film Festival, and the many credits she has earned throughout her life.
Catania has chased lightning in the Southwestern United States for National Geographic, covered Danny Glover in South Africa during his travels for the UN Goodwill Ambassador Programme, shot avalanche control training footage for the National Ski Patrol, written and directed 48 popular webisodes for Chivas Regal and MSN; post supervised the “Mi3 Collector’s Edition DVD” (for which she one a Satellite Award for Best DVD of 2006). She has directed and shot reality TV series such as “Untold Stories from the ER;” “Southern Steel;” “Worst Case Scenario;” and “Merge.” Catania is an active member of such groups as the Producers Guild of America, the Writers Guild of America-West, the Publicists Guild, the National Ski Patrol and IATSE. In the very distant past Catania was a successful studio executive, (8 years at MGM/UA in the worldwide theatrical division as VP Worldwide Marketing). Catania won an Inky Award in 2009 for "Fab Freelancer."