News & Festival Screening Info

All the latest about the movie and this website:

05/23/12: Last night The Catastrophe won the “Death of a Salesman” award at Indie Incubator. Check out photos on our official Facebook page.

05/09/12: The Catastrophe is an Official Selection of the 2012 Indie Incubator Film Festival in Chicago!

The festival will be held at The Original Mother’s, located at 26 West Division in Chicago, on Tuesday, May 22nd at 8 PM. Admission is FREE. You can learn more about the screening here:

Hope to see you there!

12/28/11: Our brilliant cinematographer, Justin Cameron, has put together a new demo reel in which The Catastrophe is heavily featured. Check it: Justin Cameron demo reel

12/04/11: We now have an official Wikipedia page. Check it out: The Catastrophe on Wikipedia


The Catastrophe has won the award for Best Dramatic Short at the Illinois International Film Festival. Congratulations to the entire cast and crew!


Check out photos from our world premiere at the Illinois International Film Festival! Illinois International Film Festival Photos

11/17/11: Another cool article/review in this week’s Chicago Journal. Check it: Chicago Journal Review

11/16/11: Great article about The Catastrophe at Chicago DIY-Film. Check it: Chicago DIY-Film

11/12/11: Facets Features, the official blog of Chicago’s great film institution Facets Multimedia, has interviewed me in advance of our premiere. Check it: Facets Interview

11/06/11: On her superb “Exploring Feminisms” blog Jillian McKeown has interviewed writer/director Michael Glover Smith all about The Catastrophe. Check it out! Exploring Feminisms Interview

11/03/11: The Chicago Reader plugs our premiere in this delightful profile of Mia Park: Wax Idol Worship

10/31/11: A 30 second teaser trailer for The Catastrophe is now online!

10/28/11: Our world premiere at the Illinois International Film Festival will be held on Saturday, November 19th at 3:00pm! Check out our facebook event page: THE CATASTROPHE premiere!

10/28/11: Ryan Taylor finished incorporating our new foley and mixing the sound yesterday. Post-production on The Catastrophe is finally complete!

10/22/11: I’m pleased to announce that Joe Crylen will be recording the last sound effects we need for our movie on a professional foley stage this weekend. Our final sound mix should be finished by the end of this coming week!

10/11/11: Our official World Premiere will be held the weekend of November 18 – 20th at the Illinois International Film Festival! (Exact dates and times TBA)

09/24/11: We’ve got it in writing:

09/22/11: Our first DVD screener is in the mail. It’s in God’s hands now!

09/11/11: The color correction on The Catastrophe is complete. Our movie begins in high contrast black and white and then, very slowly, color starts to bleed into the image until the final scene, which ends in vibrant color 15 minutes later. We cannot wait to share these images with the world!

09/09/11: Shane Kliebenstein recorded his original score for The Catastrophe yesterday. The session occurred at the Elastic Arts Foundation and was engineered by Davis Krieg. Shane’s beautiful guitar score is full of arpeggios that subtly reflect the Middle Eastern influence in our film.

09/07/11: Picture editing on The Catastrophe is complete! The film is exactly 15 minutes and 34 seconds long.

09/05/11: Don’t forget to “like” us on facebook: The Catastrophe on Facebook. And sign up for our Twitter feed: The Catastrophe on Twitter

09/04/11: I am pleased to announce that Claude Debussy’s Sonata for Cello and Piano will be featured in The Catastrophe. This is in addition to the other music already announced such as Shane Kliebenstein’s original score and Bob Dylan’s song “Ain’t Talkin’.”

09/01/11: Check out Tonia Carrier’s hilarious interviews and behind the scenes videos on her vimeo page!

08/27/11: The Catastrophe has received a nice write-up at Ruth Ratny’s excellent Chicago movie news site Check the last item: The Catastrophe on

08/26/11: Our internet movie database page is up! Check it: The Catastrophe on the IMDB

08/24/11: Our wonderful stylist Tonia Carrier has created a flickr page featuring tons of behind the scenes photos of our film shoot. Check it out: Tonia’s Flickr Page

8/21/11: Because of the strong influence of Persian literature and cinema on The Catastrophe, we are dedicating the film to imprisoned Iranian directors Jafar Panahi and Mohammad Rasoulof. Please consider signing this petition calling on the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran to free Panahi, whose only crime was to begin pre-production on a motion picture: Panahi petition

08/18/11: I am pleased to announce that production on The Catastrophe has wrapped. We plan on taking a fast track approach to post-production so that we might have a world premiere early next year. Stay tuned!


2 responses to “News & Festival Screening Info

  1. Love the website. What a great overview of the films production.

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