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Joshua Butler

JOSHUA BUTLER is an award-winning independent filmmaker and one of the most prolific writers and directors of his generation, with over 60 hours of content to his name.

Joshua wrote and directed the cult horror feature VLOG for the producers of SAW, which premiered at the Hollywood Film Festival and played 21 more film festivals before its release by Lionsgate/Starz. With his production company Iceblink Films, Joshua produced and directed acclaimed LGBTQ+ short films HOUSE NOT HOME (Official Selection at Outfest, NewFest and Inside Out Film Festival) and DOGHOUSE (Official Selection at Dances With Films and winner of Best Short Film at ITVFest/Catalyst); multiple movies-for-television (including Young Artists Award-winning Christmas classic PRANCER RETURNS and International Horror Guild Nominee CLIVE BARKER’S SAINT SINNER); as well as numerous music videos, including festival-favorites BABY YOU’RE LIKE A DRUG starring Joshua Jackson and BULLET by reality-sensation and BMI-award winner Ryan Star. Joshua was also an executive producer on ESPN's first original film A SEASON ON THE BRINK, the MTV hit trilogy MY SUPER PSYCHO SWEET 16, PBS documentary CARE, horror features EVEN LAMBS HAVE TEETH and INFAMOUS SIX and most recently FAR FROM HOME: THE STEVE DALKOWSKI STORY.

Among his directing credits are 6 episodes of Syfy's THE MAGICIANS, 5 episodes of FOX's THE FOLLOWING starring Kevin Bacon, 11 episodes of the CW phenomenon THE VAMPIRE DIARIES and multiple episodes of Disney/Freeform's PRETTY LITTLE LIARS, SHADOWHUNTERS, RAVENSWOOD and TWISTED. Joshua also directed the CBS series LIMITLESS produced by and starring Bradley Cooper; MATADOR for Robert Rodriguez and El Rey Network; TALES for BET starring hip-hop superstar Scarface of Geto Boys; STATE OF AFFAIRS for NBC starring Katherine Heigl and Alfre Woodard; THE SECRET CIRCLE and THE ORIGINALS for the CW; as well as action classic NIKITA, starring Maggie Q. Joshua was profiled by MTV News, Emmy Magazine, Wetpaint, Parade, and ExtraTV, and was named a Shorty Awards finalist as "Best Director in Social Media."

In recognition of his humanitarian and activist work, Joshua was awarded the Scenarios Real Deal Award and The Association of Black Sexologists and Clinicians' Director's Award. Most recently, he has created, written and directed the streaming horror series RED ROOMS, which will premiere in 2022.

GRETL CLAGGETT  is a writer, director, and producer committed to telling female-forward, diverse, cinematic stories that captivate and catalyze transformation in individual lives and shared cultures.


Her first film HAPPY HOUR — narrated by Julianne Moore — is based on true events and a poem from her book, Monsoon Solo: Voices Once Submerged. The film screened at 18 festivals, winning awards, and garnering praise from Oscar-winning Writer/Director Robert Benton: “Happy Hour is a lush, elegiac film about an extremely difficult subject and Ms. Claggett handles it masterfully.”


Gretl’s second film/proof-of-concept TV pilot, STORMCHASER, is a nuanced satire that allegorizes this era in “Merica”: Global Warming, Disaster Capitalism, Bullying, Morality, a Shrinking Middle Class, and a Country Divided. STORMCHASER screened at 65 festivals worldwide — winning AMC Network’s Inaugural “Best Female Creator” Award at Stareable Fest, “Best Writer and Director” Awards at the New York Women in Film & Television Festival and “Outstanding Writing” at the Catalyst Content Festival. Other awards included multiple wins for Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Film, Best Pilot, Best Cinematography, Best Actress and Actor, Best Ensemble Cast, Best Original Score/Soundtrack, and Best VFX. STORMCHASER is now available to stream on Amazon Prime, Apple TV, Google Play, and Vudu/Fandango.

Gretl is also passionate about pioneering the use of innovative technologies to shape inspiring brand stories. Clients have included AstraZeneca, AT&T, Avis, Bristol Myers Squibb, Canon, Chase, Genentech, IBM, Marriott, McDonald’s, Merck, Pfizer, SHRM, SONY, and SC Johnson, among others. One specialty is merging live performance with multiscreen multimedia and VFX for audiences up to 20,000 with global livestreams to thousands more. In this realm, Gretl’s work has been honored with Cannes Corporate Award nominations, Telly Awards, and a JP Morgan Chase Luminary Fellowship for Entrepreneurship.


She’s currently writing a memoir, plus developing a black comedic series set in the nostalgic 1990s and a near-future, science-fiction feature.

Here’s Gretl’s Personal Site

Director's Statement

Producer's Statement

I founded Culture Catalyst to create, develop and produce female-forward, diverse, cinematic stories that captivate and catalyze transformation in individual lives and shared cultures.


Our small, diverse team shot the short film/proof-of-concept, BOY, ALONE IN WOODS, during the 2021 Delta surge in Upstate New York, as studies were revealing the extreme financial and emotional toll that the pandemic was and still is wreaking on single, working moms.


BOY, ALONE IN WOODS is a perfect Culture Catalyst project: a socially-relevant, genre-bender that grapples with the horrors of childhood — and how kids often deal with real-world traumas by escaping into virtual gaming worlds, where dangers also lurk.


For more information about CULTURE CATALYST, our award-winning work, plus our slate of projects in development, click HERE. And check out our experiential/event work at CONTENT CATALYST by clicking HERE.

Gretl Claggett

BOY, ALONE IN WOODS is both a young boy’s dream and a single, working mom’s nightmare. It’s a story about losing oneself in fantasy to escape the brutality of an abusive world. At the same time, it is a dark fairy tale that speaks to a new generation who have grown up in virtual realities.


I've always wanted to make a movie about the horrors of childhood — from my own experience with real demons and imagined ones. With my co-creator Gretl Claggett, we're turning genre conventions on their heads to find the creepiest scares where they so frequently occur: in real life.


BOY, ALONE IN WOODS is a standalone short and a proof-of-concept for the feature that Gretl and I are currently co-developing.

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