Festival Guide

Welcome!

This Catalyst guide will ensure you make the most of your time in Duluth. Catalyst has many screenings, panels, and events happening simultaneously throughout the week. This can cause attendees to worry they are in the “wrong spot” or missing out on networking opportunities happening at different locations.

 

But do not worry: All of Catalyst’s main venues are within a 1/2 mile walking radius in Duluth’s arts district campus on Superior Street. Follow this guide and you will likely cross paths with everyone attending the festival.

Below are specific schedules based on if you're an Actor, Writer, or Producer/Director. So, if you don’t have time to determine your own schedule, or just feel overwhelmed with options, use these as your guide.


Catalyst is a festival for opening doors and planting seeds of long-lasting relationships. Relax, breathe, and most importantly - have fun!

Weather & Wilderness Foliage

 

Autumn weather in Duluth is completely unpredictable. The current forecast is for sunny and 60s on Wed & Thurs, down to snow and 30s on Fri & Sat. The wild winds off Lake Superior (the largest area fresh water lake on Planet Earth) are the wild card. Be prepared for anything!

If you want to explore the foliage wilderness and wildlife, take a short drive up the shoreline and you'll soon find yourself lost in the beautiful Minnesota forest land.

A Production Town On the Rise

 

Downtown Duluth was built in the early 1900s, which is what gives it its authenticity, unique architecture, and old-timey Americana charm. Its age also means that its elegance needed updating. A few years ago, a group of Duluthians came together to raise over $20,000,000 to restore the historic NorShor theater. Soon after that another $5,000,000 was raised to create the Zeitgeist arts center with multiple theaters and world class cuisine. Both of these venues are part of the Catalyst campus on Superior Street.

Duluth is also home to the Minnesota Ballet, the Duluth Symphony Orchestra, the Opera, a renowned fine arts institute, numerous stage theatrical productions, and many more arts organizations. Artists and performers such as Bob Dylan, Maria Bamford, Jessica Lange, and Melanie Marnich are from Duluth. A recent artists coalition was commissioned to bring the city to life in 2020 by painting vibrant murals on the sides of many older buildings. You will see some of these in action.

 

In short, Duluth is a city that believes heavily in investing in artists to lead the future. It is young, creative, and affordable.

 

This is why Catalyst has made Duluth its worldwide headquarters.

As part of this generational transformation there is currently a massive $800,000,000 medical expansion and 3-year construction project underway in the heart of downtown. The original pipes and prohibition tunnels from 100 years ago have been dug up and are being replaced to bring Duluth's infrastructure into the 21st century.  Portions of Superior Street are a construction zone and will be difficult to navigate in heels or open toed footwear, so bring comfortable shoes.

As you are exploring Duluth, you’ll notice it has a wide variety of scenery, architecture, and potential shooting locations. Some places are new and beautiful, others are old and worn. Some blocks are classic mid-century Americana, others are majestic and old-timey. The Lake doubles as a beautiful natural ocean while the shipyards and rail yards make for intense industrial sets. Keep your next project in mind and be confident that whatever it is, you’ll find a potential shooting location here in town.

This year, St Louis County, the Iron Range, Duluth and the surrounding area invested over $200,000 to create a production guide for you. It lists the production crew and vendors already available to you here. The goal of this guide is to encourage you to consider Duluth and the region for your next production. This area has produced major films & TV before and is ready to do it again.

Relaxed Atmosphere. Not A Pitch Fest.

 

The purpose of Catalyst is to lower the barriers between creators and the industry. This is a casual, relaxed event where everyone is hanging out and striking up interesting conversations throughout the days. Come prepared to interact and meet new people.

 

There is no "speed dating" or "pitch fest" at Catalyst. Everyone has projects to sell, but remember, you're not attending a film festival where you are selling a finished product.  You are attending a narrative/TV festival where you have a kernel of an idea, a pilot, or a few episodes of a show.

 

TV is a relationship based business where projects can take years to develop before they begin production. Catalyst gives you the opportunity to meet hundreds of fellow industry professionals in a few days - forming new relationships and business partnerships that you can develop over time.

Duluth’s Cultural Must-Do List

 

Here is list of completely unique Duluth experiences to do while you’re here. They are NOT sponsor based (meaning we weren’t paid to suggest these), they are genuinely things we love to do living in Duluth! Gather a few friends and explore:

  • Stand at the edge of the canal lift bridge and watch a ship come in/out of port. You’ve likely never been this close to a massive moving ship before.

  • Have a Tom & Jerry at Pickwick

  • Visit Enger Tower

  • See the entire city from JJ Astor Restaurant at the top of the Radisson

  • Take a stroll down the lake’s edge from behind Zeitgeist to the lighthouse (keep the lake on your left as you go towards the lighthouse)

  • Visit Lake Superior Glass Blowing

  • Take a Vista Fleet lake tour

YOUR VIP FESTIVAL SCHEDULE


8am-9am


Catalyst breakfast special at the Boat Club in Fitgers (600 E Superior St)

$10 bottomless mimosas & $6 Bloody Mary’s with your badge

A relaxing gathering of Catalyst friends to start each morning

 


9am-Midday


StoryWorld Seminars

Access is included with your VIP badge

Spirit of the North Theatre in Fitgers

Wed-Fri
 

Jacob Krueger Writing Masterclass

Requires add-on pass, includes agent meeting

Zeitgeist

Wed- Fri

 


Midday-7pm


Festival screenings, panels, and more at:

 

Zeitgeist - 222 E Superior St

Fitgers - 600 E Superior St.

NorShor - 211 E Superior St

Brewers Garage - 205 E Michigan St

 

See specific schedules below & visit our schedule app for details.

Please note: schedules may shift.

The online schedule app will always be the correct and up-to-date.

When in doubt, follow what the online schedule says.

 

7pm-10pm
Industry Parties


Thursday, Oct 10th 

Greysolon

231 E Superior St.

Walk if you can, parking is difficult with construction.


Friday, Oct 11th

Glensheen

3300 London Rd

Plenty of self-parking. If you need a ride, busses leave from Fitgers at 7pm.

Sponsored by Abrams Artists Agency


Saturday, Oct 12th

Depot

506 W Michigan St

Walk if you can. If you need a ride, busses leave from Fitgers at 7pm.

Sponsored by Abrams Artists Agency

 


Late Night
10pm-1am


Rathskeller – 299 E Michigan St
Zeitgeist – 222 E Superior St

Awards Gala
3pm-6pm


Sunday, Oct 13th

Greysolon Ballroom

STAY CONNECTED WITH

THE PEOPLE YOU MEET

To help you stay connected with the other creators and producers in our Catalyst universe, we have created the private "Catalyst Storieroad" facebook group.

This group is for industry creators & producers at Catalyst in Duluth, and those who attend Storieroad's educational and professional development seminars around the country.

Use this group to make festival friends, stay in touch, and plan your next production together.

FOR ACTORS

Specific Panel & Workshop Highlights

•    StoryWorld
Wed-Fri 9:15am-Noon, Spirit of the North Theatre

•    Festival Director’s Welcome
Wed 5:00pm, Spirit of the North Theatre

•    Creating Your Own Content as an Actor with Cathy Reinking
Thurs 1:30, August Fitgers Room

•    The Casting Process for Content Creators
Thurs 3:00, August Fitgers Room

•    Live Script Table Reads
Fri 11am-5pm, August Fitgers Room

•    Casting Panel
Fri 3:15pm, Spirit Theatre

•    SAG Workshop
Sat 11:40am, Zeitgeist Teatro

•    A Conversation with Abrams Agency
Sat 3:00pm, NorShor

•    Nancy Cartwright Keynote
Sat 4:30pm, NorShor

 


FOR WRITERS

Specific Panel & Workshop Highlights

•    StoryWorld
Wed-Fri 9:15am-Noon, Spirit of the North Theatre

•    Jacob Krueger (includes agent meeting, requires add-on pass)
Wed-Fri – see app for times

•    Festival Director’s Welcome

Wed 5:00pm, Spirit of the North Theatre

•    The TV Academies
Fri 12:45pm, Spirit of the North Theatre

•    Your Show Would Make a Better Podcast
Fri 3:45pm, Zeitgeist Teatro

•    Threshold Writers’ Room Workshop (add-on pass & writing sample required)
Sat 9:30am, August Fitgers Room

•    Comedy Writers’ Room
See app for times & location

•    A Conversation with Abrams Agency
Sat 3:00pm, NorShor

•    Nancy Cartwright Keynote
Sat 4:30pm, NorShor

 


FOR PRODUCERS & DIRECTORS

Specific Panel & Workshop Highlights

•    StoryWorld
Wed-Fri 9:15am-Noon, Spirit of the North Theatre

•    Festival Director’s Welcome
Wed 5:00pm, Spirit of the North Theatre

•    Legal Office Hours
see app for times

•    The Casting Process for Content Creators
Thurs 3:00, August Fitgers Room

•    Reading the Room
Thurs 3:50pm, Spirit of the North Theatre

•    The TV Academies
Fri 12:45pm, Spirit of the North Theatre

•    Working with Brands
Fri 2:00pm, Spirit of the North Theatre

•    Practical Aspects of Inclusive Casting & Hiring
Fri 3:15pm, Spirit Theatre

•    Your Show Would Make a Better Podcast
Fri 3:45pm, Zeitgeist Teatro

•    “East of La Brea” & Emerging Development Models

Fri 5:00pm, Zeitgeist Teatro 

•    Live Orchestra Music Scoring
Fri 6:00pm, Spirit of the North Theatre

•    How to Make Festivals Work for Your Career
Sat 10:30am, Zeitgeist Teatro

•    Increasing Diversity in the Development Process
Sat 12:15pm, Spirit of the North Theatre

•    The Hustle: Indie Content Funding
Sat 12:50pm, Zeitgeist Teatro

•    Techniques for Creating a Narrative Series
Sat 2:00pm, Zeitgeist Teatro

•    A Conversation with Abrams Agency
Sat 3:00pm, NorShor

•    Nancy Cartwright Keynote
Sat 4:30pm, NorShor


FOR EVERYONE!

Panel & Workshop Highlights

•    StoryWorld
Wed-Fri 9:15am-Noon, Spirit of the North Theatre

•    Festival Director’s Welcome
Wed 5:00pm, Spirit of the North Theatre

•    Angaelica Short Film Screenings
Thurs-Sun, Brewers’ Garage, see app for times 

•    Special Presentation: Evie
Thurs 1:30pm, Spirit of the North Theatre

•    Special Screening: Fond Du Lac Tribal
Thurs 2:15pm, Zeitgeist Zinema 1

•    The Telly Awards Film Screenings
Thurs 2:35pm, Zeitgeist Teatro

•    College of St Scholastica Screening Presentation
Thurs 4:00pm, Zeitgeist Teatro

•    Live Podcast: The History of Standup
Thurs 5:30pm, Spirit of the North Theatre

•    The TV Academies
Fri 12:45pm, Spirit of the North Theatre

•    Live Orchestra Music Scoring
Fri 6:00pm, Spirit of the North Theatre

•    Pitch Competition Final Presentations
Sat 10:45am, Spirit of the North Theatre

•    ColorCreative: Premiere of King Ester
Sat 10:45am, NorShor

•    Animation Production
Sat 1:30, NorShor Theatre

•    A Conversation with Abrams Agency
Sat 3:00pm, NorShor

•    Nancy Cartwright Keynote
Sat 4:30pm, NorShor

•    Adult Sex Ed (a comedy show)
Sat 6:30pm, Zeitgeist Teatro 


Ticketing & Seating at Venues

All venues are first come, first serve seating. Be sure to line up 10 minutes in advance.

 


Venues & Parking

All of the Catalyst venues are in a small 4-block radius, so it will be easier for you to walk to campus and roam around all day instead of trying to drive and park between venues.


Attire

 

The entire festival is casual attire except for:

  • VIP parties at night (business casual & fashionable is fine)

  • Red Carpet Awards on Sunday afternoon (major dress up event – suits & dresses)

Please note: Superior St is under going major construction and has areas where you will be walking in dirt and stone. You'll want to bring comfortable shoes.


Badge & Bag Pick-Up

Badges are available for pickup from 10am-5pm each day Wed-Sat at the NorShor Theatre located at 211 E Superior St.

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office@catalystories.com

(218) 208-0140

Mailing Address:

PO Box 1

Duluth, MN 55801

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