I'm an Asian-American female first-time feature director having finished "Symphoria" this March, 2020!!
Catherine Dao (Director/Producer/Actor) As a Chinese-American immigrant making her way into the film business, it was only natural for Catherine to take a little detour to earn a Doctorate in Chemistry from USC, with full scholarship, of course. Little did her parents realize what she learned as a scientist would serve to fuel her pursuit of a passion in filmmaking. Very early on in her career, numerous experiences in films and theatres have won her many positive responses in the press. The results of her dedication to working with women directors had been recognized in Visual Communications’ In Focus for “Cloud and Moon” with Cheng-Sim Lim, and in the American Film magazine for “Kalito” with Mary Jane Eisenberg. In addition, she has performed in “A Community of Caring,” which won the L. A. Emmy, directed by sit-com director Mary Lou Belli, and in “Birds of a Feather,” which won the Houston Worldfest Bronze Award AND the Crystal Award of Excellence, directed by Lisa Dalton.
As a veteran actor of the theatre, Catherine's portrayal of a young Hiroshima survivor of the atomic bomb in "A-Bomb Beauties" was noted by The Hollywood Reporter, calling it "outstanding.., Dao captures the anguish of a woman torn from her culture." Some of her other film and television credits also include UPN's MOESHA, UNSOLVED MYSTERIES, GENERAL HOSPITAL, THE DIVISION, BET’s FIRE AND ICE, THE TONIGHT SHOW, UNFABULOUS, THE SHIELD, GREY’S ANATOMY, CYBER BANDITS, the Jimmie Award-winning film CHINA CRY, and starred in the feature KILLER BABE FOR THE CIA with James Hong, which became a cult film and The Hollywood Reporter singled her out for an honorable mention. Also, she is the only principal female controller in Bob Zemeckis’ CONTACT. And, she had the luxury of working with the Oscar-winning Asian-American director Jessica Yu on the film “PING PONG PLAYA.”
Catherine’s interest in directing began when her actor friends would repeatedly ask her to direct their monologues and scenes for auditions. This interest evolved into a desire to write her own materials. Utilizing her chemistry knowledge and expertise, she wrote the thriller “Symphoria,” her fifth feature screenplay, but the first one to secure funds for production. Stay tuned. Now that she’s hooked, Catherine plots to further her directing career.
One of 2 nominees for Best Feature Film
Symphoria
MP Film Award
Online International
Official Selection
Symphoria
Berlin Movie Awards
Berlin Online
Official Selection
Symphoria
Montreal Independent Film Festival
Online, Montreal
Official Selection
Symphoria
Hollywood Blvd Film Festival
Online, Hollywood
Official Selection
Symphoria
Direct Monthly Online Film Festival
Online International
Finalist: Best Indie Film Award
Symphoria
Best Indie Film Award
Online, London
Award: Best Thriller
Symphoria
Miami Indie Film Awards
Miami Online
Award: Best Women's Feature
Symphoria
Gold Star Movie Awards
Online
Awards: Best First Time Feature Film, Best Women Film Maker
Symphoria
Boden International Film Festival
Online from Boden
Semi-Finalist
Symphoria
Focus International Film Festival
Online International
Award Winner: Best First Time Director
Symphoria
Golden Earth Film Award
Online Worldwide
Award Winner: Best of the Season 2020-2021 for Best Supporting Actress of Feature Film to Eileen Davidson, and Best of the Season 2020-2021 for Best Supporting Actor of Feature Film to A Martinez
Symphoria
Brazil International Monthly Independent Film Festival
Online Worldwide, Rio de Janeiro
Award Winner: Honorable Mention for the Best Directing Feature, Finalist for Best Film
Symphoria
Cyrus International Festival of Toronto
Toronto, online Global
Award Winner: Best Feature Film, Best Actress to Catherine Dao
Symphoria
Madras Independent Film Festival
Online Global
Award: Best First Time Filmmaker
Symphoria
Chicago Indie Film Awards
Online, Chicago
Award Winner: Best 1st Time Filmmaker-Feature, Best Director-Feature
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Creation International Film Festival
California, Online Worldwide
Award Winner: Best Thriller Feature, Best Actress to Eileen Davidson, 2nd Best First Time Director for Feature
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Košice International Monthly Film Festival
Košice & online global
Awards: Best Feature 2021, Best Actress 2021 to Catherine Dao, Best Actor 2021 to Tyler Wolfe,
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Global Indie Film Fest
online global from Glasgow, Scotland
Awards: Best First Feature Film, Best Actress Feature Film
Symphoria
Sweden Film Awards
Online, Stockholms
Award Winner: Best First-Time Director (Feature), Best Indie Director Feature Film
Symphoria
Best Director Award
Online Worldwide, London
Official Selection
Symphoria
Malibu Film Festival
Online, Malibu, California
Award Winner: Awards of Merits - Film Feature, Women Filmmakers, Actress: Leading (Catherine Dao as Professor JT Dalton); and Award of Merit Special Mention - Original Score (Original Score and arrangements by Composer, David Lamont)
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Accolade Global Film Competition
Global online
Award Winner: Honorable Mention: First Time Director (Feature); Quarter-Finalist for Best Film: Top 100 Best Films
Symphoria
Los Angeles Film Awards
Online Worldwide
Award Winner: Best Thriller Feature - Jury Choice, Best Debut Director Feature, Best Actress Feature to Catherine Dao
Symphoria
Accord Cine Fest
Online International
Award Winner: Best Thriller (Feature), Best First Time Director (Feature), Honorable Mention: Score, Semi-Finalist for Best Film: Top 60 Best Films
Symphoria
Festigious Film Competition
Online International
Award Winner: Audience Choice Award
Symphoria
Melbourne Lift-Off Film Festival
Online Global, Melbourne
Awards: Award of Excellence to Leading Actor A Martinez as Carl Wittig; Award of Merit to Actress Catherine Dao as Professor Dalton; Award of Recognition for Women Filmmakers; Award of Merit - Special Mention for Original Score, composed by David Lamont
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The IndieFEST Film Awards
Online California
College
Occidental College
Chemistry
High School
San Marino High School
Nickname
Catherine
Birth City
Taipei
Current City
Malibu
Hometown
Malibu
Height
5'3"
Gender
Female
Ethnicity
Chinese
Eye Color
Brown
Zodiac Sign
Pisces
Married To
David Lamont
Children
Ian Lamont
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I'm an Asian-American female first-time feature director having finished "Symphoria" this March, 2020!!
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  • Symphoria design Best Thriller
  • Symphoria Honorable Mention Score