Director, Producer, Artist

Audience Award at SOHO!

Posted on: June 24, 2017

So much has been going on so I apologize for not being more prolific in my blog posts!

The doc I have been slaving over day and night premiered it’s short version in April at the Newport Beach Film Festival . There it won the Jury Award for Best Documentary (Honorable Mention)! Woot!

Cheryl Bookout, Amanda Quinn-Olivar, Cady McClain, Jon Lindstrom, Eva Paris, and Chloe Carr (producers and filmmakers “Seeing is Believing: Women Direct”)

We were then invited to submit the longer version to the SOHO International Film Festival where we just won the AUDIENCE AWARD for Full Length Film! WOW! Whoo Hoo!

Cady McClain accepts the Audience Award for Best Full Length Film at the SOHO International Film Festival

While in NYC, I was invited to talk with Matthew Rozsa for, which was really cool as we had written articles together back in 2013 for Policy Mic (now “”)

After SOHO we were picked up by Women and Hollywood for a peek into the film!

And about a month before all this wonderous-ness (I know, not a word but these days… fair game?)… I was nominated for an Emmy as the director of the team who brought you “Venice the Series” season 5. Pretty damn cool.

Cady with husband and fellow filmmaker Jon Lindstrom at the 2017 Daytime Emmys for “Venice the Series”

I like to play in the field of creativity. That’s WHO I AM. I like to play this game, and then that game. By “game” I mean that each project is a journey that must be played like a game, with careful thought into decision making and goals. Without deliberate thought, you flail around the board, which (as you might imagine) is rather unpleasant.

I like to study the game, learn it, master it if I can, and then play a new game. Sometimes I like twist the old game around to see if there is a new way to play it. That’s all there is to that. I also like to help people learn to play their game a little better. It makes me really happy to see others do well.

Film is still a new game for me. Although I have made two short films that have both played at good festivals, showing up for a documentary that I shot and edited 99% all by myself is a REALLY HARD game to learn to play. I am so proud and pleased that the folks at Newport and SOHO saw merit in my efforts, and really proud that so many audience members who are watching it at the festivals are responding so positively.

My hope is that women and men of all ages, races, sexes, and gender orientations will see this piece and learn ONE thing new, think ONE new idea that helps them in their journey forward. If that happens, then this has all been time very well spent!

I hope to be writing with news where you can see the work soon! Meanwhile, THANK YOU for all your continued support! You lift up my spirits when I am down, and I am so grateful for it.

Cady at the opening of the SOHO International Film Festival 2017


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