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The Development, Production of Courage and Conviction By Miles Weston
Cirina Catania, Founder of the Catania Group , a female director, independent filmmaker and a co-founder of the Sundance Film Festival is launching an informational tour for Post Production User Groups and guests around the country, sponsored by Blackmagic Design and with support from OWC. Scheduled to begin this month, the "Courage & Creativity - The Magic of Conviction" tours will provide creative groups with filmmaking tips and personal insight into her successful production processes.

A feature-length film in process, "Kionte Storey, Athlete," is being produced, directed and shot by Ms. Catania, founder and lead creative at The Catania Group.  She will preview clips during the events. Scheduled for release early next year, the film documents the inspirational story of Marine Corporal Kionte Storey, a wounded hero turned athlete.

       Cirina Catania with Kionte Storey

During the post production user meetings, Ms. Catania will be showing and discussing footage and shots from the film taken with a Blackmagic Cinema Camera and her production and post-production workflow, particularly, the reasons all of her field work and workflow is being stored on Other World Computing (OWC) storage products.

She will share the processes used in making the film, provide tips from her other filmmaking experiences and discuss the importance of ensuring that every bit, every pixel of the capture process is saved in case it is needed for the final cut.

Screenings will be held in:
  • Boston - October 14 - visit for details
  • Washington DC  - October 23 - visit or     contact for details
  • New York City - November 11 - visit  or contact Ned Soltz - - for details
Other cinematography presentations to help filmmakers and production people gain insight into the latest advancements in end-to-end project processes will be made over the next few months, with the final schedule to be announced.

Explaining the film, Ms. Catania, who was also former major-studio executive, emphasized, "We all have gifts. Knowing how we can recognize what those gifts are, what our chosen purpose is and how we can muster up the courage to pursue our dreams, even when others are saying 'no,' is what defines us. Kionte's new life embodies all of that and more." 

        Source - The Catania Group

Ms. Catania met Kionte more than a year ago and convinced him to let her produce a documentary on his new life to raise awareness of Kionte's and other veterans' challenges and achievements. Her objective is to have the film gain nationwide recognition and increased understanding of the positive side of returning veterans and their potential to overcome adversities.

Noting that Kionte seldom shares the depression or darkness he experienced following his return from the front, Ms. Catania explained, "Instead, he tells others (and reminds himself), 'It could have been worse. Don't lose faith. Just keep pushing forward.  Every day is a new day.' " 

The movie highlights the struggles and the path to recovery Kionte has followed after the loss of his lower right leg to an IED (improvised explosive device) in Afghanistan in September of 2010. Like so many men and women who returned home wounded, he endured a long and painful (physical and mental) process to recovery, even though he still carries the scars of war with him today (

Source - The Catania Group

Kionte's conviction has enabled him to move forward, achieving as goal after goal, including becoming the first African American and first amputee to reach the summit of Antarctica's Mt. Vinson. He has also learned to snowboard, skateboard, ski; has medaled in Warrior Games track and swimming events and is now focusing on gaining a spot on the International Paralympics Team, for which he trains every day.

Commenting on the project, Ms. Catania said she volunteered to film this and other returning veteran stories to share them with others on a very broad scale. "What more could someone ask?" she added.

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Undercover author Miles Weston has spent more than 30 years in the storage, software and video industry, indulging in, among other things, marketing activities in promoting PC, CE, communications, content technology and their applications . Contact Miles through his editor by clicking here.

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