CA Filmmakers Bring Show to Duluth for Festival

Amy Adamle
Created: October 11, 2019 10:02 AM

It's been an exciting week with visitors from all over flocking to the Twin Ports for the Catalyst Content Festival. 


One group of California filmmakers visited to showcase their new TV show, "Pre-Mortem."

Danny Simonzad, "Pre-Mortem" creator, said it's a half-hour comedy TV show that is independently produced.   He said that concept is fairly new.

"The show is about Alina, she plays this millennial," Simonzad said.  "She's like very directionalist, jaded, entitled, and then when her boyfriend dies, she goes online to say, 'Should I go to the funeral?' and her followers are like, 'Yeah you should go to the funeral.  What's wrong with you?'"

Simonzad says her boyfriend comes back from the dead and is communicating to her through FaceTime.

"So he's like stuck in cyberspace," Ani Tatintsyan, a "Pre-Mortem" creator who also plays Alina, said. 

They brought the "Pre-Mortem" to showcase at the Catalyst Content Festival.

"It's been really wonderful. Everyone in Duluth is so wonderful, so helpful, and telling us everything about the city," Tatintsyan said.  "It's been great just to see the city and also to connect with filmmakers from everywhere."

"I think what's great about Duluth is they really want to push and make it a film-friendly town," Simonzad said.  "They want to give a lot of, all filmmakers tax incentives to shoot in Duluth."

He said their Lyft drivers were even giving them tours on their rides around town.

Tatintsyan said the festival gives people voices.

"I think that independent television is fairly new and it highlights voices that in the past were not able to be highlighted because of the way the system works," Tatintsyan said. 

"This is hands-down the best film festival I've ever been to, because they hook up independent filmmakers with executives who might be interested in their content," Simonzad said. 

The Catalyst Content Festival continues through the weekend.  "Pre-Mortem" will be showing Saturday at 5:20 p.m. at Fitger's.  Click here for more info about their show. 


Amy Adamle

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