Catalina grew up in rural Tennessee with a Colombian mother and an American father, and in her early career studied Experimental Theater in New York City and Film Directing in Berlin. Her narratives explore the cultural and composed movements of bodies across social boundaries. Her films include PACO, a comic portrait of a catcaller choreographed with a non-professional cast and captured with 16mm photography, which has screened at over thirty festivals, including: Slamdance Film Festival; the Los Angeles Film Festival; the New Orleans Film Festival; Fantastic Fest, where it won Best Picture; Oxford Film Festival, where it won Best New Media; and Edinburgh Short Film Festival, where it won Best Film. Her other films include Kallocain, a science fiction short about the development of an inner truth serum and Das Goldene Licht, a “Bergfilm” about a blind grandmother who climbs the Alps, starring the Swiss post-punk pop group, Les Reines Prochaines. Her soon-to-be-released film, MUÑE, which she shot in her hometown, depicts a Hispanic immigrant’s run-in with a family in their steel salvage yard.
Her publication, “Towards Another Cinema” (Cinephile, issue 11.3, 2017) analyzes the creative solutions that Ulrike Ottinger and Kidlat Tahimik offer for portraying “the other” to a Western spectator. In 2016, she devised an interpretive walking tour at Freshkills Park (New York City’s former landfill). The work fused scholarly research and site-based performance. At Trinity College, Dublin, she presented Unseen Sources / Composing the Tinnitus Suites 2015c, a cinematic performance with composer Daniel Fishkin investigating the parallels between hearing damage and music. She was recently a Fellow at the 2018 Flaherty Film Seminar and a Resident Artist at Flux Factory in Queens. She is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Media Arts at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio.
- 2017 MFA, Film and Media Arts, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
- 2011 Certificate, Directing, filmArche, e.V., Berlin, Germany
- 2005 BFA, Experimental Theatre & Spanish Literature, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, New York, NY