A FILM BY NATHAN CATUCCI
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Dr. Rich Freeman (Santino Fontana), an ambitious, and well-liked psychology professor, pursues a sleep study with a focus on nightmares, dreams, and sleep paralysis – the success of which would result in a lucrative grant. As confusion over dreams and reality mounts, a member of the study is murdered, and everything begins to unravel, leaving Rich fighting to make things right.
“Impossible Monsters” stars Tony Award Nominee Santino Fontana Disney’s “Frozen,” CW’s “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”; Natalie Knepp Amazon’s “Z: The Beginning of Everything,” “The Last Five Years”; Devika Bhise “The Man Who Knew Infinity,” and Dónall Ó Héalai “Traders.” Geoffrey Owens HBO’s “Divorce,” NBC’s “The Cosby Show”; Chris Henry Coffey “Trust,” and Mercer Boffey also star, with Dennis Boutsikaris AMC’s “Better Call Saul,” “The Bourne Legacy,” and Laila Robins Showtime’s “Homeland,” “Side Effects.”
Special thank you to Mike Dallatorre and Sal Giarratano at Panavision! They awarded us the Panavision New Filmmaker Grant for my feature film “Impossible Monsters,” I wrote and will direct this summer in NYC. Behnood Dadfar and I are grateful and excited to capture with Panavision.
- Writer | Director
- Producer | Line Producer
- Casting Director
- Production Designer
Nathan Catucci is currently in postproduction on his debut feature film “Impossible Monsters,” an upcoming psychological thriller starring Santino Fontana, Natalie Knepp, Devika Bhise, and Dónall Ó Héalai, with Geoffrey Owens, Dennis Boutsikaris, and Laila Robins. Catucci was awarded the Panavision New Filmmaker Grant for the project. For previous work, he has premiered at the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival, was awarded a Certificate of Merit for Cinematic Excellence from the Rochester International Film Festival, was selected for the New York State Emerging Filmmakers Series, and has served on a script-writing panel at the Rhode Island International Film Festival’s ScriptBiz. Catucci writes, directs, and produces commercials, branded content, and music videos for his production company, Obscura Pictures. He holds a B.F.A. in film and TV from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he graduated with honors.
Jonathan Burkhart produced “Higher Ground,” directed by Vera Farmiga and starring Farmiga, John Hawkes, Josh Leonard and Norbert Leo Butz; “Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding,” directed by Bruce Beresford, and starring Jane Fonda, Catherine Keener, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Elizabeth Olsen; “The Last Keepers,” directed by Maggie Greenwald, and starring Aiden Quinn, Virginia Madsen and Olympia Dukakis. Television projects include “Ivy Dreams,” a feature documentary for AZN, “Must Do Disney” for Disney World Theme Parks, “Away We Go” by Jonathan Larson, and the “Tomorrow is Tonight Show” starring Ben Stiller for Comedy Central. Burkhart has also produced commercials for Time Warner, NY1, Honda, HGTV, The Walt Disney Company, Bionorica Pharmaceutical, Chase Bank, Nintendo, American Express, Prudential Life, Verizon, and the Ford Motor Company. He also produced the award winning play Avow with Bill C. Davis, the 10th anniversary production of “RENT” on Broadway with the original cast, and “In Search of Cleo,” written by and starring Gina Gershon. Burkhart is the co-founder and president of the Nantucket Film Festival.
Dorotta Mathe is a New York-based producer from Hungary. She produced “Portraits in Dramatic Time,” featuring Alan Rickman, Liev Schreiber, and Holly Hunter for the Lincoln Center Festival and Dries Von Noten Retrospective; “Woman: The War Within,” which premiered at the Baryshnikov Arts Center; and “Sing for Hope: Pop-Up Pianos,” about New York City‘s largest public art project. Her recent features include “Flatbush Luck,” a romantic comedy currently on the festival circuit; and “The Independents,” a musical with Richard Kind, George Wendt, James Naughton and Tony Award Winner Kelli O’Hara currently in postproduction.
Matt Janes has been working in the feature film and commercial industry for the past 25 years in almost every capacity in the field of production. He has produced or line produced over fifteen films as well producing numerous national commercials and music videos. Some of his features are Kissing Jessica Stein (Fox Searchlight), The Golden Boys (Roadside Attractions), Dinner Rush (Access Motion Pictures) and Looking For An Echo (Regent Releasing). Films Matt has worked on, have won various awards at the L.A. Independent, Telluride, Mill Valley, Traverse City and the Santa Barbara film festivals.
Matt Messinger is responsible for presenting some the best talent in film, TV and Broadway for over 20 years. Films includes Walt Disney Pictures’ Beauty and The Beast (Academy Award nominated for Best Picture), New York Casting casting for Disney’s 10 Things I Hate About You (Heath Ledger), The Haunted Mansion (Eddie Murphy), Enchanted (Amy Adams/Susan Sarandon), Castle Rock/Larry David’s film debut Sour Grapes (Steven Weber/Craig Bierko), Warner Brother’s Batman Forever (Val Kilmer) for Joel Schumacher, and numerous Independent independent Features features, including Brooklyn Sonnet (Olympia Dukakis/Philip Bosco) , One Night (Melissa Leo, Academy Award Winner), Spectropia for director/interactive legend Toni Dove, and most recently The Prospects (featuring Eric Edelstein from NBC’s Parks and Recreation).
Behnood Dadfar is a member of Local 600 (International Cinematographers Guild). His work has screened at the SOHO International FIlm Festival and Oldenburg Film Festival. After joining the International Cinematographers Guild in 2012, Behnood began working on features with cinematographers Rodrigo Prieto ASC and Juan Ruiz-Anchia ASC, and directors Martin Scorsese and David Mamet. He has worked on several shows for HBO, NBC, BBC and TLC. Behnood recently shot second unit on HBO’s The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst. He is currently in preproduction as cinematographer on two feature films. He is a graduate from the School of Visual Arts and was mentored by fellow Local 600 members Dejan Georgevich ASC and Angelo Digiacomo.
James Bartol is a Brooklyn based production designer specializing in film and television. James recently won the award for Best Production Design at the Canberra International Film Festival in Australia for the short film, “Behind the Wall.” His production design credits include a variety of feature and short films that have screened at festivals worldwide including the Malibu Film Festival, Houston Comedy Festival, Holly Shorts Festival, and the Cannes Film Festival. James has worked on a variety of TV, print and commercial projects with clients and networks such as Levi’s, Nordstrom, TruTv and MTV. Bartol received a B.F.A. in film and TV with a concentration in production design from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Nahuel Attar is an Argentinean-American New York-based editor. His editorial work includes over 400 commercials, 30 narrative shorts, three narrative features and seven documentary features. “Erase Una Ves En Bolivia,” his last feature, was a micro-budget film with non-actors that went on to win four Best Feature awards in four different festivals, including the London Independent Film Festival. Attar had five commercials go viral, including the 2016 most globally shared commercial for the first week of December, “Animal Selfie” for LG Mobile.
Mike MacAllister works as a composer for films and TV commercials. His music has been featured in ads for XBox, Nike, Levis, and many others, including an Axe commercial in the 2013 Superbowl. His recent film scores for Freakonomics: The Movie and The Spirit of Laxmi premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. In addition to composing, Mike plays guitar for indie rock band Wishes and Thieves, Electro-Pop duo Clementine & The Galaxy, and the avant-guard big band, the Awakening Orchestra.