WHO WE'RE WORKING WITH
Butterflies the Short Film:
CEO of WILD CAT FILM / EXECUTIVE PRODUCER / WRITER / MELANIE
Carlotta Summers is a multitalented, biracial, theatre trained, actress, writer and producer. She is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, with a degree in Theater and minor in Psychology. A student of the Experimental Theater Wing she spent 4 years with the program honing her skills as an actor and writer. Her favorite subjects tackle identity, subvert stereotypes, and delve into the complexity of human consciousness with complex characters and poetic writing.
A few of her film and television credits include the title role of Saltire in David Plat’s Big Dogs, a Featured role in Margarita, With A Straw, and Supporting Role in Lupe, which is premiering at the Cinequest Film Festival in 2019! She has worked with names such as Keira Knightley, William Moseley, Evan Cabnet, Chris Modoono, and Cady McClain. She is currently Associate Producing a film, Ponyboi with Emma Thompson as Co-producer and Stephen Fry as Executive Producer and developing several series in her spare time, including Truth Incorporated, the script of which is a Semi Finalist for the Big Apple Film Festival, 2019!
She is President and CEO of Wild Cat Film, a film production company based in NYC. She is also certified in 8 weapons and enjoys boxing.
PRODUCER / DIRECTOR
Cady McClain is an Emmy® award-winning actress known to millions for film and TV roles, including appearances on popular shows like Cheers and Law & Order SVU and acclaimed films like My Favorite Year. Fans of daytime drama will also remember Cady for her Emmy-winning role of “Dixie” on All My Children.
More recently, Cady has turned her talents to producing and directing, building a career and winning multiple awards in both TV and short film, including the series Switch and Venice the Series—the latter for which she was nominated for the 2018 Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for an Online Drama Series.
Cady’s latest project is called Seeing is Believing: Women Direct, a documentary that Cady describes as “an encouraging and intimate conversation with women who are on the front lines of the film and television directing field.”
The 30 minute short film premiered at the Newport Beach Film Festival in April 2017, winning a Jury Award in the “Best Short Doc” category. The 60 minute short feature premiered at the SOHO Film Festival, winning the Audience Award. The new 84 minute feature is now in post-production. The film has been featured in Salon, NPR, The Alliance of Women Film Journalists, and as Project of the Day on Indiewire (to name a few.)
Cady has spoken on the subject of women in media at Pepperdine University, Webster University, JCCC, The Rochester Institute of Technology, and the WEHO Women in Leadership Conference. She is committed to supporting young women who aspire to a career in media and looking to enter leadership roles.
She is honored to have received the Matrix Award from the Alliance of Women in Communications. Previous recipients include Ann Curry Jane Pauley, and Christiane Amanpour. She is honored to be included among this illustrious group of groundbreaking women.
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
AJ is a NYC based freelance photographer and filmmaker whose work has been published by National Geogrpahic, Smithsonian, New York Magazine, GQ, The FADER, Punk Magazine, Playboy España, NPR, Washinton Post, SAVEUR, Wine Sepctator, and others. He was recently nominated for a “News and Documentary” Emmy in 2016 for Audio Engineering on Bieber, Diplo and Skrillex Make a Hit. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan. Check out his website at www.ajwilhelm.com
PROM is the dreamwave collaboration and electronic production duo of Ella Zoller and Gabriel Stanley based out of Brooklyn, NY. PROM describes their sound as pop forward with a dark slant that focuses on harmonies, sparkles, trap beats and a preoccupation with the lower frequencies. Prom will be composing original music for the film. http://www.promisaband.com/
CAST Of Butterflies The Short Film:
After a free-roaming army brat childhood and four years in Williamsburg at The College of William and Mary (where she earned her first acting paycheck playing a colonial "free woman of color" in addition to a degree in English with a theater minor) Linda moved to NYC which she still calls home today. Her Broadway credits include "The Trip to Bountiful" with Cicely Tyson, the Tony-nominated revival of "On Golden Pond" in which she starred with James Earl Jones and Leslie Uggams and "Wilder, Wilder, Wilder" with the Willow Cabin Theater Company of which she was a member/producer for a decade. Her numerous television and film credits include recurring roles as social worker Lauren White on "Law and Order, SVU" and Ingrid Mills on NBC's "Chicago Fire".
Kristina Reyes is a Hispanic-American actress of Puerto Rican and Colombian descent. She was born and raised in New York City, where she still resides. She began her professional career at an early age with a Series Regular role on Season 3 of Nickelodeon's, The Naked Brothers Band. Kristina has made several appearances on popular network TV shows including The Blacklist, The Michael J. Fox Show, and The Following. In 2015, Kristina appeared alongside Rachel Ticotin as Young Esperanza in the Warner Brothers/NBC, Silvio Horta project, The Curse of the Fuentes Women. Kristina's other passions include theatre, singing, and art history. In May of 2016, she completed her Bachelor's of Arts degree at Marymount Manhattan College, majoring in Communication Arts. She will appear in a recurring role in the upcoming season of SHADES OF BLUE on NBC and a recurring role as Avery, in BLINDSPOT, 2017!
Camila Perez was born in Medellin,Colombia and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. She began acting professionally at age 20 after landing her first role in the CBS series (Blue Bloods.) She relocated to New York City in 2009 to pursue her dream at the age of 14. Her first movie role was as Ashley in Pretty Fine Things (2015). She recently premiered at the Toronto Film Festival for her role in "Who We Are Now," and landed a recurring role in the hit Fox series STAR.
Mel Hinkle is an American actor known for the role of Young Big Boo in Orange is the New Black. Mel was born and raised in northern New Jersey, started her career at the age of 3 and quickly got bit by the bug. As a teenager she made the shift to put performing at top priority, and hasn't looked back since.
Mel was inspired to get more involved behind the camera, so she founded the independent production company Hypokrite Films. In 2012, the company was officiated and started to take off. Hypokrite has since produced multiple works, including a comedy web series "Unrelated.", multiple music videos, and a mockumentary style feature, "Wreck". The team is always on the prowl and hungry for new content.
Mel has an intense passion for creating. Along with 18+ years of acting work, she also has experience in directing, producing, writing, and editing. She is in love with what she does, and is looking excitedly towards the work ahead.