Nota Bene at The Catlow Local Shorts Festival

Four years ago, I met two very enthusiastic writers during the TT Patton Summer Writing Camp; Katie and Katie (now known as Kat). At the end of the camp and during the following school year they would stop in and write together. Yes, really together.  They shared a story.  And once they even let me read the rough draft. That was….well…a lot. Little did I know what was really brewing in the minds of these two… until now.

Tomorrow, I will see their first short film Nota Bene on the big screen at The Catlow Local Shorts Festival.  On November 22nd, 2014 at 12:00 pm this festival will feature 12 locally produced short films.  Admission is $5.00 and tickets are available at the door 1 hour before showtime.

Here’s a little about the film, Nota Bene, and the co-writers/co-directors, Katie and Kat. I’m very excited for their debut film!  Hope you can join us.

Nota Bene (11 minutes, 30 seconds, 2014) is a story about the power of words and action. Halcyon, a shy high school girl, can only communicate with Drew, a classmate, through her anonymous writing. When Kristin, an alpha mean girl, sees an opportunity to be a bully, the time for a difficult decision is upon Halcyon. What happens when you’ve been pushed around enough and decide to step out of the shadows?

Katie O’Brien reading from her journal. Camp, 2010.

Katie O’Brien co-wrote and co-directed Nota Bene. She is a junior at Barrington High School in Illinois. She is an aspiring writer who loves to tear at her friends’ heartstrings.  When she’s not reading or writing, she enjoys playing the flute and studying Latin. She and Kat have known each other for five years, and Nota Bene is their first produced

Kat Baustert listening attentively at the end of the table. Camp, 2010.

Kat Baustert co-wrote and co-directed Nota Bene. She is a junior at Barrington High School in Illinois. She likes super hero movies and writing, and enjoys Latin, dance and softball. She intends to study engineering in college but first has to get through high school.

A collection of friends, classmates and community members helped put together Nota Bene after Katie and Kat wrote a short story mostly played out in the character Halcyon’s head. What resulted was a “short story film” about teenagers, by teenagers.


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