Faculty: Meet the Filmmakers

Meet the filmmakers behind butterflies, the short film. SHooting Spring 2017 in order to raise awareness for the feature length production. Teaser Trailer coming soon! 

Carlotta Summers

 EXECUTIVE PRODUCER / Writer / Melanie 

Carlotta Summers is a graduate of New York University’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. She is currently a member of New York Women in Film and Television. Her work has been featured at the Experimental Theater Wing, where she had the honor of having her original piece (in which she wrote and directed,) The Illustrious Beauty, featured the ETW second year showcase. After graduation, she continued acting and writing, collaborating on the screenplay for Transients, a feature film with fellow writer Dante Aubain. She has been writing since she was a child and has been working on Butterflies for the past 3 years. She is the President and CEO of Wild Cat Film. 

Cady McClain PRODUCER / Director Cady McClain is a two-time Emmy Award winning actress, writer, director, and producer. She has performed both Lead and Co-Starring roles in independent and studio films, primetime and daytime television and the New York theater.  Her short film, "The World of Albert Fuh" (which she wrote, directed, and produced), was an Official Selection to multiple film festivals and won honors in the Best Of and Directing categories, including the Los Angeles Film Review.  She also Associate Produced the feature film, “How We Got Away With It,” which went to the St Louis Emerging Directors Competition and won numerous other awards and recognitions. It is now available through multiple platforms including iTunes and Amazon. Cady is also a writer. Her memoir, "Murdering My Youth," brought her national recognition from Entertainment Tonight and TV Guide and over 115 positive reviews on Amazon.  She is currently directing her first feature-length documentary, "Seeing is Believing: Women Direct," about women in the directing field, and is on the board of The Chimaera Project, a not-for-profit that supports women in the arts.

Cady McClain

PRODUCER / Director

Cady McClain is a two-time Emmy Award winning actress, writer, director, and producer. She has performed both Lead and Co-Starring roles in independent and studio films, primetime and daytime television and the New York theater. 

Her short film, "The World of Albert Fuh" (which she wrote, directed, and produced), was an Official Selection to multiple film festivals and won honors in the Best Of and Directing categories, including the Los Angeles Film Review.  She also Associate Produced the feature film, “How We Got Away With It,” which went to the St Louis Emerging Directors Competition and won numerous other awards and recognitions. It is now available through multiple platforms including iTunes and Amazon.

Cady is also a writer. Her memoir, "Murdering My Youth," brought her national recognition from Entertainment Tonight and TV Guide and over 115 positive reviews on Amazon. 

She is currently directing her first feature-length documentary, "Seeing is Believing: Women Direct," about women in the directing field, and is on the board of The Chimaera Project, a not-for-profit that supports women in the arts.

A.J. Wihelm 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

A.J. Wihelm

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 COMPOSER 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/

PROM

COMPOSER

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:

Linda Powell Mom 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".  

Linda Powell

Mom

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".

 

Camila Perez Charlotte 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)

Camila Perez

Charlotte

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)

Kristina Reyes Paris 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 in 2017.

Kristina Reyes

Paris

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 in 2017.

Melanie Hinkle Katrina 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.

Melanie Hinkle

Katrina

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.