"IT'S HERE; IT HAS BEGUN!"
Certain temporal oddities opened a portal by which
Mara Katria has been able to write and perform an EP of five original songs with her friends and heroes MODERN ENGLISH!
J. Jeff Ungar, who is featured on the record (codenamed Modern M), describes it as: "music for time travelers."
Release is slated for first half 2020!
Debut Single Release
+ Music Video Premiere
Coming This Winter!
“Midnight Mind” will be the first of Mara's original pieces to be released publicly. The song was recently e-mastered at the immortal Real World Studios. Subscribe on YouTube and ring the bell to be notified about the premiere!
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► July 19th, 2019 • 8-9pm EST
Mara Katria has an interview on the Haunted Chronicles on ParaMania Radio, hosted by Jennifer Runyon and Jimmy (Mr. Haunted). Listen to the recording here.
► July 22nd, 2019
"Midnight Mind" is awarded Official Selection status by the Imaginarium Convention and Film Festival. (Coming October - Louisville, KY)
► September 3rd, 2019
"Midnight Mind" is awarded Official Selection status by the Imagine This Women's International Film Festival - #ITWIFF. (Coming November - Brooklyn, NY)
► September 12, 2019
"Midnight Mind" wins Silver S.A.V.V.Y. award for Best Music Video at Sound and Vision International Film and Technology Festival! (Coming September - NYC)
► September 14th, 2019 • 4pm EST
J. Jeff Ungar (as featured in Please Talk with Me, Modern M, and "Midnight Mind") gives a lecture about the C2D1 Haunting with Chris Di Cesare (The Ghostboy of Geneseo) - at Otherworldly Paracon, hosted by On Angels Wings. (White Hill Mansion, NJ)
► September 22nd, 2019 • 7-10pm EST
Mara Katria and J. Jeff Ungar attend "Midnight Mind" screening, award ceremony, and Q&A at the Sound and Vision International Film and Technology Festival. Get tickets here. (National Opera Center, NYC)
► September 30th, 2019 • 7-9pm EST
Mara Katria has a radio interview on Kindness Beyond the Veil on WCET.FM and Late Night in the Midlands, hosted by Chip Reichenthal. Listen to the recording here.
► October 12th, 2019 • 7pm EST
Mara Katria gives a special one-song performance on the historic stage of the Strand Theater in Lakewood, NJ in preparation for the release of her debut original single song "Midnight Mind" coming this autumn. This paving the way for the original EP she is writing and performing, featuring artist and author J. Jeff Ungar and the legendary post punk band *MODERN ENGLISH*! Quoting Mara Katria: "We are thrilled to announce that our great friend and beyond-phenomenal speaker Chris Di Cesare has asked J. Jeff Ungar and I to be his special guests for an amazing event: Night at the Strand Theater with Chris Di Cesare -- hosted by the excellent New Jersey Paranormal Investigations! I am excited to say that J. Jeff, author of the "C2D1 Journal Notes," will be featured in Mr. Di Cesare's presentation. Following the invaluable talk, I will have the pleasure of singing in the haunting (and haunted) Strand Theater!!!" Event Link.
► October 12th, 2019 • 11:30am EST
"Midnight Mind" screens at the Imaginarium Convention and Film Festival. Many excellent films, panels, and parties all weekend! The entire festival runs October 10-13th. Get tickets here. (Louisville, KY)
► October 14th, 2019
"Midnight Mind" -- writen, directed, edited by Mara Katria and featuring J. Jeff Ungar -- wins Best Music Video award at Imaginarium Independent Film Festival.
► October 20th, 2019 • 11:45am EST
Mara Katria introduces J. Jeff Ungar and Chris Di Cesare for a special presentation at the Central PA-ranormal Convention.
► October 25th, 2019 • 5:30pm EST
Mara Katria introduces Chris Di Cesare and J. Jeff Ungar during An Erie Halloween Special for the SUNY Geneseo students at Erie Hall dormitory (where the C2D1 Haunting took place in 1985). The evening focuses on those paranormal events -- as also seen in Katria's award winning film Please Talk with Me (CITA Productions). (Hosted by resident assistants Jorge and Sabrina)
► November 10, 2019 • 2pm EST
"Midnight Mind" screens at the Imagine This Women's International Film Festival. Many wonderful films, workshops, and events all weekend! The entire festival runs November 7-10th. Get tickets here. (Brooklyn, NY)
► November 19, 2019 • 2pm EST
"Midnight Mind" is awarded Best Music Video at the Imagine This Women's International Film Festival!
► January 11, 2020 • 8pm EST
Mara Katria joins Chris Di Cesare, The Ghostboy of Geneseo, on The Paranormal View hosted by Henry Foister, Barbara Duncan, Geoffrey Gould, and Kat Klockow on the Para-X Radio Network. The subjects for the evening are: the C2D1 Haunting which was recreated in the feature film Please Talk with Me; as well as future projects like Mr. Di Cesare's next episode on the Travel Channel "Run Ghost Boy, Run" and Ms. Katria’s music developments regarding "Midnight Mind" and Modern M. Listen to the recording here.
Experiences are what Mara Katria creates. She uses the varied tools of a musician, film director, videogame world-builder, and photographer to immerse audiences in the depths of history and the perpetuity of genuine emotion. Her commitment to the craft of moving people and the art of communication has seen her receive numerous accolades from film festivals, print publications, and forums dedicated to her varied disciplines. Currently, Mara is writing an EP of five original songs with her heroes, the legendary post punk band Modern English. The album, codenamed Modern M, promises to guide listeners on a sonic adventure that spans the ribbon of time. Katria aims to use song as a mirror: echoing our mythic past; reflecting the musical renaissance of the 1980s; and projecting epochs yet to come.
The complicated majesty of New York’s Hudson Valley was the backdrop of her youth, and you can feel those rivers and lakes lapping the shores of her art to this day. The misty mountains that lance the clouds of her lyrics are unmissable. There are reverberations of long-ago battles ringing through the historic New Windsor Cantonment she regularly visited with her family, while shadows of the nearly-forgotten stretch out from the grand buildings that are being restored on the old waterfront. She’ll tell you she was lucky to grow up there. The magical tales her mother narrated at night and the Arthurian myths her father described daily encouraged her to take joy in expression; and such passions could find many valuable outlets in and around that river valley. Gymnastics competitions were arenas to tell a story through movement. The Hudson Valley Conservatory of Fine Arts at the New Rose Theatre later provided opportunities to convey ideas through speech as well as directing teams of people.
As Ms. Katria entered adulthood, she saw how video games could fully engross players in experiments of thought and feeling. Seeing this, she donned the titles of project leader and world builder as she joined a small number of likeminded game creators, calling themselves the EiA Mod Team. Together, they built an expansive Mod for the renowned videogame the Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. The Mod, entitled “Et in Arkay Ego,” was released in 2009/2010 to praise across many American and international forums.
A year later, bolstered by the meaningful success of EiA, Mara took up the mantle of film director for the motion picture Please Talk with Me – which recreates how several 1985 college students coped during what is now widely known as the C2D1 Haunting. PTWM premiered by special invitation at Scare-A-Con 2012 in New York to a packed house. For her commitment to authenticity and respect for the survivors, Ms. Katria was awarded Best Director at Wilson Horror Film Festival in 2013. The film went on to win Best Feature at Spirit Quest Film Fest in 2014. Subsequently, the film was brought in as a headliner for many outstanding festivals like Eerie Horror Film Fest and has continued in dozens of conventions and events to date.
To describe the production, radio host for WECT.FM’s Kindness Beyond the Veil Chip Reichenthal says: “I've never experienced anything like it. Seriously. Credit Director Mara Katria, whose brilliant, superb choices paint a portrait with the strokes of a master painter, recreating the deepest pores of everyday life and coming-of-age moments with a story of a malevolent haunting, and the result feels like truth.”
Furthermore, journalist for the Record Online as well as Joyful Writing, MJ Hanley-Goff states that “what makes this haunting tale different from the plethora of paranormal movies and TV shows out there is Katria's focus on the human element of the movie [...] it's raw and feels very, very terrifyingly real.”
In present day, all of Mara’s productions have provided an exponential platform for the upcoming album she is writing with Modern English codenamed Modern M. Katria is a long-time fan of the post punk icons, and it shows in the music. The five songs exhibit a shared appreciation for David Bowie as well as a beautiful balance between Modern English’s aesthetic – both classic (ala their 1982 record After the Snow) and contemporary (as with their 2017 album Take Me to the Trees) – and Katria’s love of ancient world music sounds and the futuristic lushness of new wave. Premiere for the EP is slated for the first half of 2020!
In preparation for Modern M, Mara Katria is releasing her debut public original song as a single entitled "Midnight Mind." This piece may be broadly described as synth pop, but it contains a rich tapestry of vocal harmonies, evocative lyrics, and German flavour. The song was written and composed by Mara and features the artist and author J. Jeff Ungar whose talents will also be found in the Modern M album with Modern English. “Midnight Mind” was recently mastered at Real World Studios, founded by the august humanitarian and musician Peter Gabriel. Radio’s Don Bedell says: “‘Midnight Mind’ is a hit! It's haunting. It's mesmerizing. Ethereal. Atmospheric. A little Kate Bush. A little Annie Lennox. I'm looking forward to hearing more!” As for the eagerly anticipated music video for “Midnight Mind,” Katria directed a fully-realized short film that has been receiving multiple Best Music Video Awards during its pre-release press tour at prestigious film festivals, most recently the Imagine This Women's International Film Festival! See the events section for details on all the sceenings and awards. Worldwide release is slated for late this winter - 2020!