Award-winning film to be shown at festival

Filmmaker Kristin Catalano will show her feature-length documentary “Clarence” at the 2016 Skyline Indie Film Fest on Sept. 10.

She said that the film is a story about an 85-year-old African-American WWII vet who returns to college to fulfill his biggest regret of not earning his bachelor’s degree.

“After film school, I knew I wanted to make a feature documentary, and the first person who came to my mind was Clarence, because he is so interesting and gregarious,” Catalano said. “He was 85 years old and going to the YMCA every day, he was in World War II, he grew up during segregation and the depression.”

“During initial interviews is when he told me he was thinking about going back to college, and that he had the brochures in his kitchen for University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. So, the character came before the story,” she said.

This is Catalano’s first feature film.

She said that “Clarence” is circulating in film festivals nationwide. It has been accepted into 11 film festivals and has won two best-of-fest awards.

View the trailer for “Clarence” at

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or

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