"Catalyst" follows two brothers searching for closure while coping with their parent's divorce. The younger brother, Terrence (Justice Rieth) looks above, to God and the church. The older brother, Keeran (Nick Kavanaugh) hopes a friendship he has with a talented classmate (Erika Sorenson) can turn into more, proving to himself that he will not take the same road as his parents. "Catalyst" blends neo-realism and religious metaphor to dive deep into a family living with echoes of a harmful past.

  • Kyle Arpke
  • Kyle Arpke
  • Kyle Arpke
    GEARS (producer)
  • Justice Rieth
    Key Cast
  • Nick Kavanaugh
    Key Cast
  • Erika Sorenson
    Key Cast
    Things Found on the Ground
  • Scott Bailey
    Key Cast
    Things Found on the Ground
  • Linda Cieslik
    Key Cast
    From The Darkness Theatre
  • Ricardo De Herrera
    Key Cast
  • Tyrone Wesley
    Key Cast
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  • Runtime:
    1 hour 21 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    January 18, 2014
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Student Project:
  • Orlando Film Festival
    Orlando, FL
    October 23, 2014
    World Premiere
    Nominated for BEST SCREENPLAY
  • Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival
    Lafayette, Louisiana
    January 21, 2015
    Louisiana Premiere
  • Beloit International Film Festival
    Beloit, WI
    February 21, 2015
    Wisconsin Premiere
    Winner for BEST STUDENT FILM
  • CayFilm Cayman International Film Festival
    Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
    June 19, 2015
    Caribbean Premiere
    Nominated for BEST FIRST FILM
Director Biography - Kyle Arpke

Kyle Arpke is a Wisconsin native and 2013 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Bachelor Film program. Throughout his time in Milwaukee, Mr. Arpke has assisted on film & video productions ranging from locally made shorts, features & commercials, wrestling shows, concerts, and television programs. He was also an officer of the university's Production Club at UW-Milwaukee. Kyle is an avid fan of soccer, wrestling, Christian theology, and realist cinema. Kyle is currently the owner of Silver City Productions LLC, a freelance videography and social media company.

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