catherine eaton: film director, actor, writer

Catherine is a director, actor, and writer. Catherine directed and co-wrote the award-winning feature film THE SOUNDING (awards listed below) starring Harris Yulin (Ozark, Scarface), Teddy Sears (Masters of Sex, The Flash), Erin Darke (It’s a Man’s World) and Faison (The Wire, The Village), Tony-winners Danny Burstein and David Furr, and Catherine plays the role of Olivia. Prior to the pandemic, the feature was acquired by myCinema/Nagra for a North American theatrical run.

THE SOUNDING is produced by Eaton alongside Caitlin Gold (Seed&Spark, Lionsgate, Imagine I’m Beautiful) and Jessica Vale (Netflix, NBC, Small Small Thing), composed by Grammy-winner Siddhartha Khosla (This Is Us) and was shot by David Kruta (Sundance’s Concussion, ICG Emerging Cinematographers Award) with an amazing crew. In preparation for the feature, Eaton also shot a short film by the same name, starring Faison.

On the strength of the feature, Catherine was selected to participate in Ryan Murphy’s prestigious HALF Foundation Program as a Shadowing Director.

She is developing two series for television, the half-hour comedy-drama ON THE OUTS (winner of the Tribeca Film Festival’s “Through Her Lens” Award) and the dramatic series BREAKING NEWS (selected for IFP Film Weeks Project Forum), and is attached to co-write and direct the independent pilot FLAWLESS: A FEMINIST FAIRYTALE.

Catherine is a freelance producer for Madison Square Garden and is producing Grammy-winner Sammy James Jr’s directorial debut. She shares an Emmy Award with the team behind Bloomberg Television’s investigative report, “The Human Toll of Ethanol.”

As an actor, Catherine has performed on Broadway, across the country, and on screen. Catherine’s recent stage work includes Broadway: MTC (Snow Geese with Mary Louise Parker), Carnegie Hall (Corsetless, The Bohemians); Off-Bway: Origin Theatre (Clocks and Whistles); Regional: Olney Theatre Center (Oil – 2020 Helen Hayes nominee for Best Leading Actress), Pittsburgh Public Theater (Electra, title role), Guthrie Theatre (Midsummer Night’s Dream, Julius Caesar, Importance of Being Earnest, Venetian Twins, A Christmas Carol), Fulton Opera House (August: Osage County, Michael Archangel), Merrimack Rep (The Exceptionals), Irish Classical Theatre (Hedda Gabler, Moon for the Misbegotten, The Cobbler), New Jersey Rep (Child’s Guide to Innocence) and Gino DiIorio’s Reparation, which opened at Luna Stage in NJ and is moving Off-Bway in the fall of 2015 with Catherine attached.  Television: “Person of Interest,” “All My Children,” “Sex and the City.”  Film: LIV, The Sounding, Training Day, The Collaboration, Last Seen, Miss Bertram’s Awakening, Showers of Happiness, With or Without You.

Catherine also wrote and performs the solo-show, CORSETLESS, which has toured internationally and was optioned for film.

Catherine studied at Cornell University and has an MFA from University of MN/Guthrie. She is a member of NYWIFT, Film Fatales, The FilmmakeHers, SAG/AFTRA, and AEA. Her father is from Paraguay and her mother is French-American.

Awards for THE SOUNDING:

Winner – Festival Grand Prize Best Film of the Festival – Santa Fe Film Festival
Winner – Festival Grand Prize Best Film of the Festival – Arizona Int’l FF
Winner – Festival Grand Prize Best Film of the Festival – YES Fest
Winner – Best Cinematography – Woodstock FF
Winner – Best Narrative Feature Film – Jury Award – Stony Brook FF
Winner – Best Narrative Feature Film – Jury Award – Mpls St Paul IFF
Winner – Best Narrative Feature Film – Jury Award – Palm Beach IFF
Winner – Best Narrative Feature Film – Audience Choice – Brooklyn FF
Winner – Best Feature Film – Audience Choice – Naples FF
Winner – Best Film of the Festival – Audience Choice – Maine IFF
Winner – Lisa Blount Memorial Acting Award – Oxford Film Festival
Winner – Best New Voice / Style Award – Brooklyn FF
Winner – New American Visions Award – Minneapolis St Paul IFF
Special Recognition for a Narrative Feature Film – Oxford Film Festival
Opening Night Film – Maine IFF
Opening Night Film – Inaugural New Screening Series – Harvard University
Closing Night Film – Santa Fe Film Festival
Nominee – Voice Award sponsored by DGA, WGA, PGA, SAG/AFTRA, Humanitas for films that champion the marginalized.
Runner Up – Tribeca Film Festival’s $50K IWC Finishing Fund – Tribeca FF
Personal Awards:
Tribeca Film Festival & Chanel “Through Her Lens” Award for Directing/Writing
Katharine Cornell for Acting
Lisa Blount Memorial Acting Award for performance as Liv in THE SOUNDING
Field Report for Writing
Helen Hayes nominee for Best Leading Actress
IRNE nominee for Acting
Lotta M Crabtree Grant Recipient
Assets for Artists Grant Recipient
SAG Collaboration Award
NYFA support