Catalina grew up in rural Tennessee with a Colombian mother and an American father, and in her early career studied Experimental Theater in New York City and Film Directing in Berlin. Her filmic and live narratives explore neighborly connections and the cultural and composed movements of bodies. Her films include PACO, a comic portrait of a catcaller choreographed with a non-professional cast and captured with 16mm photography, Kallocain, a science fiction short about the development of an inner truth serum and Das Goldene Licht, a “Bergfilm” about a blind grandmother who climbs the Alps, starring the Swiss post-punk pop group, Les Reines Prochaines.
Her work has screened at over forty festivals, including: Slamdance Film Festival; the Los Angeles Film Festival; the New Orleans Film Festival; Rooftop Films Summer Series: Fantastic Fest (winner Best Picture); Oxford Film Festival (winner Best New Media); and Edinburgh Short Film Festival (winner Best Film). Her publication, “Towards Another Cinema” (Cinephile, issue 11.3, 2017) analyzes the creative strategies for portraying non-western characters to a western audience, employed by filmmakers Ulrike Ottinger and Kidlat Tahimik, in their fantasy ethnographies “Joan of Arc of Mongolia” and “Perfumed Nightmare.” She was a Fellow at the 2018 Robert Flaherty Film Seminar and in 2018-19, she will be a Visiting Assistant Professor of Media Arts at Antioch College in Yellow Springs Ohio.