"Waiting" Film

Waiting is an intimate exploration of loneliness and nostalgia experienced by an older couple. The film is primarily centred around Rose, a strong, quirky, and sweet woman in her late 70's. Taking over the course of a single day, we get an intimate glimpse into Rose's world including her relationships and how she copes with the mundane and lonely aspects of her life. As the story unfolds, we see that Rose's life isn't what it seems to be.

Why Waiting?
"Inspired from an abundance of seemingly unrelated artistic mediums and stories, I began writing and exploring the world of Waiting. I wanted to create a film that was minimalistic in terms of both production and plot, yet was unique, complex and laced with important symbolism, foreshadowing, and meaningful subtext.

While writing the script, I became extremely interested in researching ageism and its manifestation through different periods and cultures. Age based prejudice is extremely prevalent, yet it is barely discussed. Ageism is one of the only prejudices that can affect everyone someday regardless of class, race, background, sexuality etc. making it a universal subject to discuss. Reflected in all areas of life such as politics, employment, and media and have course, as a filmmaker, film. Film is an extremely powerful artistic medium and can truly impact/reflect societal and cultural values.

Hollywood fosters ageism through the lack of dynamic representations of elderly demographics. Moreover, ageism occurs earlier and more harshly when pertaining to women. Female characters over 40 years old only amount for “7% of all roles,” making the representation of the demographic rare (Lauzen, 1). While there is already underrepresentation of dynamic female characters in Hollywood, this becomes especially prudent with women past the age of 40.

Society is beginning to recognize how underrepresent and/or poorly portrayed certain demographics of people are shown in media outlets. I see it as my duty as a female filmmaker to support and create films that provide representation to underrepresented groups. I am especially passionate about creating stories that feature dynamic female characters. Waiting is especially important to me because it centers upon a strong and dynamic female character- who just happens to be in her late 70s. I am extremely passionate about Waiting’s story and message.

Thank you so much for being apart of this process! Words cannot describe how much I appreciate you even reading this!"
-Catherine Amoriggi, Director


Waiting's official one-sheet poster features Rose in her typical, nostalgic state in the comfort of her own home. The muted colours that compose this piece inform the atmosphere of the story and will be a large component of the film.

Visual Treatment Preview

The visual treatment was developed by Waiting's DP, Jake Mitchell. We've chosen to release only a preview of Waiting's visual treatment as to not spoil the ending of the narrative for our future viewers.


As mentioned above, colours play an important role in the realization of this story. Here we can see frames from other films which the creative team uses to inspire and inform their own preparatory work.

Unfortunately creating a film is a pricey endeavour. Included below is a breakdown of how your contributions can help bring Waiting to life.

Developing a short film isn't a cheap project as it can have a number of extraneous expenses. The largest portion of the budget will go towards purchasing 16mm film. Shooting on film is essential to the Waiting team because it has the ability to complement Rose's antique environment beautifully. Another large portion of the budget will go towards post-production development. There have already been monumental efforts prior to filming to help bring Waiting to life. After the conclusion of filming, another significant chunk of time will be allotted towards post-production practices such as editing, sound-mixing, and distribution (festival submission fees). If our goal of $5,000 is reached, the Waiting team will be able to proceed with the project without cutting down on our predicted budget or comprising the full creative vision.

Meet the Team 
Director - Catherine Amoriggi
Catherine is a junior studying Visual Media Arts Production at Emerson College. She focuses on directing but loves to get involved with any aspect of film. She has been worked on various productions such as Amazon’s TV show The Marvelous Mrs. Masiel, Sacha Gervasi’s feature film November Criminals, as well as Capital One and Deutsche Bank commercials. She currently resides in Boston where she always has both food and film on her mind.

Producer - Serina Bailiff Curtis 
Serina is a junior at Emerson College studying Film Production with a focus on Producing. She will graduates in Spring 2019 and hopes to work in LA either for her own company or for an independent production company post-grad. In 2016, Serina produced Zoo, which was awarded "Outstanding Cinematic Achievement" award at Emerson College's annual Evvy Awards.

Producer - Kianna Maynard
 Kianna Maynard is a Junior at Emerson College, majoring in film and television production. She found her passion for producing when she worked on her first student film, Noa in 2016. Since then, she has gone on to produce numerous other short student films, including her most recent productions: Christine (2018) and Recollection (2018). She currently serves as the Co-Director of Development for Emerson Independent Video and the Video Producer for the EVVY Awards. Kianna is very excited to be a part of Waiting and to work with the incredible crew and cast.

Director of Photography - Jake Mitchell
Jake Mitchell is a junior at Emerson College where he's pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Media Studies. While Jake has been involved with a number of impressive films, in 2016 his film Zoo was awarded the "Oustanding Cinematic Achievement" at Emerson College's annual Evvy Awards.

Production Designer - Camille Calderon
Camille is excited to be working on this production with an extremely talented cast/crew. She is a junior at Emerson College and is Pursuing Design/Technology with a minor in psychology. She has previously been solely involved with theatre, but she is excited to explore the film world!

Art Director - Melody Hsu
Melody Hsu is a Sophomore at Emerson College, majoring in Theatre Design/ Technology. This will be her first film production and she’s excited to be sharing this experience with such a talented and friendly crew. Melody would like to extend her thanks to Camille and Catherine for all their love and support throughout the production process.
  • Jacqueline DeNuccio 
    • $50 
    • 42 mos
  • Kianna Maynard 
    • $100 
    • 43 mos
  • Donna Imondi 
    • $100 
    • 43 mos
  • Roy Maynard 
    • $200 
    • 43 mos
  • Melissa Buonaiuto 
    • $100 
    • 43 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Catherine Amoriggi 
Boston, MA
Kianna Maynard 
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