Cate Carson

Cate Carson

Director | Writer & Development at Sensorium Pictures
Director and Screenwriter

Los Angeles, California

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November 2015
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About Cate

Cate's vast experiences with heroes and villains alike as a Detective & Military Intelligence Specialist, ignited her passion for directing/writing. She wields bold and atmospheric storytelling in suspense thrillers and genre-blending films, with a future aimed at blockbusters with iconic characters. She has award-winning feature screenplays and short films, including the national competition Lionsgate short “Masque,” which also earned her a WIF directing award at the Crystal & Lucy’s and had over 3 million views. She was an HBO's Project Greenlight finalist and a director selectee for the Alliance of Women Directors Short Film Program grant, “Of Mine”, which premiered at Disney Studios in 2018.

Her latest film, “The Plumber” is a several best of fest/best director winner, has screened at three Oscar-qualifying festivals so far, is a winner in the 6th annual Stage 32 short film contest, and earned her the Marlyn Mason award for new voices at Rhode Island Int'l Film Fest. In 2021, she was fortunate enough to be selected as 1 of 9 fellows in the “Future Directors of Studio Features Initiative” by Blackmagic Collective and will move forward in the Next Level: Feature Directors initiative for 2022.

Currently, she is in development of several features with her disabled producing partner, J. Everley, who was a 2020 Respectability Lab selectee in conjunction with major studios. She is also a fellow and the Future Directors of Studio Features Initiative Director for Blackmagic Collective in the 2021 cycle.

Prior to her return to film in 2014, she served ten years as a decorated military police officer and instructor, and transitioned to Intelligence during Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom while traveling throughout Europe. Later, as a victims advocate and civilian detective, this "spectrum of humanity” experience provided a bedrock of knowledge about human connection and behavior. Through masterclasses, the NBC/Universal Directing Series, degrees in psychology and criminal justice, on set experience, and countless other programs, Cate constantly seeks to enrich her craft through education.




  • Emery

    Emery Budget: $5M - $10M | Sci-fi Family When mysterious events in their sleepy lake town bring an estranged niece, her uncle, and a small creature together, they must reunite it with its family before the thieves who awakened it close in. 

  • The Absolute

    The Absolute Action Mystery Historical Western In 1867, the newfound Secret Service is on a mission to eliminate counterfeiting, but soon discover a well-laid plot to bring the entire U.S. economy to its knees.

  • Charlotte Sometimes

    Charlotte Sometimes Comedy Drama Family Fantasy After losing her mother, a vexed 9 y.o. girl finds a dream machine hidden in her deaf father's workshop, but an unexpected friendship with a quirky boy becomes the real cure to her loneliness.


  • The Plumber

    The Plumber (2020)
    Film Director / Writer

  • Of Mine

    Of Mine (2018)
    Film (short) by Sensorium Pictures Director/Writer The Alliance of Women Directors (AWD) teamed with the LA producers of the NPR program, "The Moth" for the inaugural AWD Shoot ‘Em Up Female Filmmaker Series, where you see the evolution of a story to screenplay to film. Six female directors were awarded and given true stories to tell. In "Of Mine", two young sisters are kidnapped by a transient duo from their trailer park and taken to an abandoned mineshaft, where they must escape before they are taken forever.

  • F_ckit

    F_ckit (2017)
    Film Director

  • Snowflake

    Snowflake (2017)
    Film Director

  • Cleave

    Cleave (2015 - 2016)
    Film (short) by Sensorium Pictures Director Logline: A blue-collar couple living the “American dream” suffer while remaining loyal to a failing and toxic marriage. Two short films: THEM (18 mins) & HIM/HER (28 mins), two perspectives.

  • HBO's Project Greenlight Semi-Finalist: Whiskey Boys

    HBO's Project Greenlight Semi-Finalist: Whiskey Boys (2015)
    Film Director

  • If Only

    If Only (2015)
    Film Production designer

  • Twilight Storytellers: Masque

    Twilight Storytellers: Masque (2015)
    Film (short) by Sensorium Pictures Director Lionsgate/ #TwilightStories short film top 4 finalist in the national Storytellers competition. Logline: After her transformation, Esme's struggle to overcome her craving for human blood is only intensified by the painful memories of her tragedy-ridden past. In MASQUE, Carlisle helps Esme find hope for the future...and maybe even a family.

  • Status Unknown

    Status Unknown (2015)
    Film (short) by Hart2Hart Productions/Sensorium Pictures Director The true story of an international, lesbian, married couple who are denied a green card and embark on an activist journey to strike down the federal law, proving #lovewins. Proof of concept short for the feature in development.

  • Sain't Anthony

    Sain't Anthony (2014)
    Film Producer

  • Finnigan's War

    Finnigan's War (2013)
    Film Producer

  • Capture

    Capture (2012)
    Film Producer

  • My Pretty Maura

    My Pretty Maura (2012)
    Film Director

  • Pure

    TV Serie Director


  • Roadmap Writers Shorts Competition - Finalist

  • Marlyn Mason Award - Rhode Island Int' Film Festival

  • Winner - Stage 32 Short Film Competition

  • Oakville Film Festival - best international short

  • Picture's Up FF - Best Director

  • Emberlight Int. FF - Best Narrative Short / Best Director

  • Chandler Int. FF - Best Short Film

  • FFTG Awards NY - Grand Jury Winner - Best Film, Best Director

  • Australia Film Industry Night Festival - Best Emerging Director

  • Desoto FF - Best Historical Short

  • Stranger Days Ind. FF - Best Director, Best Suspense Short

  • Detroit SheTown FF - Best Cinematography

  • Blackmagic Collective FF - Grand Jury Award

  • Scriptapalooza TV Writing Competition

  • Semi-finalist HCF Screenplay Competition x2

  • Winner - Festival For Family Screenplay Comp - Charlotte Sometimes

  • Semi-Finalist - Stage 32 Annual Feature Film Contest

  • Gold Winner - Hollywood Screenplay Contest

  • Top 10 Final Draft Big Break - Charlotte Sometimes

  • Winner - Cannes Screenplay Contest

  • Finalist - USA FF - Cleave

  • Lionsgate Wildcard Winning Director

  • HBO Project Greenlight Top 20 Director/Greenie Award


  • Masterclass

  • NBC / Universal

  • Dov Simens Film Academy

  • US Navy

  • Bridgewater State University

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