CatAList — Occidental College Television broadcasts a weekly variety of eclectic and relevant entertainment, news, and opinion to Occidental students, staff, and alumni. We provide rising filmmakers, designers, performers, and artists with a highly visible platform to showcase their talents.We are committed to working with all facets of the Occidental community in order to promote a sense of awareness, equality and understanding through the entertaining and inspiring medium of television.
CatAList started as an idea during the fall of 2009 in Occidental’s Braun Hall when freshmen Rafael Cortina and Daniel Watson were disappointed that the school had no extracurricular outlets on campus for budding filmmakers.
Over the next few months the two proactive media enthusiasts received feedback about the idea of establishing a weekly campus television network. With the student body on their side, Raffy and Dan produced a fifteen minute pilot episode and presented it to the Occidental community. After an incredibly warm reception from students, faculty and the board of trustees, Dan and Raffy prepared for the official launch on September 20th, 2010.
Currently CatAList airs a new episode every academic week online and maintains viewing stations in the Tiger Cooler, the MyOxy homepage and the entrance to the Mary Norton Clapp Library. The network’s staff has grown from 2 to 45 in a remarkably short amount of time, producing upwards of twenty regular segments with no shortage of entertainment. In April 2011, we applied to become an official Student Media Service beginning in the fall. Thanks to overwhelming support from students, faculty and staff CatAList was approved by the community and is sure to continue producing quality content for years to come.
Head of Production
After realizing the evils of his home town, the suburban (Bill and Ted's own) San Dimas, CA, Dylan has undergone a ideological revolution that has driven his campaign to mold CatAList TV into the CatAList Co-Op. Let's walk through a day in the life of Dylan: roll out of the hammock, eat some hearty organic granola, bike to school throwing distainful glances at the bourgeois car drivers he passes on Eagle Rock, foment social revolution in the classroom, acknowedge the working class plight by laboring in the bookstore, take a power nap, stop by the proletariat garden to nab some herbs and veggies for dinner, watch The Voice, plan the Co-Op's next move to take down the capitalists, sleep. Jealous?
Dan Watson was born and raised in San Francisco, California where he attended Lick-Wilmerding High School. He hopes to carve himself a nook in the film industry. Dan and Raffy Cortina, the first CatAList head of production, became friends in their freshman dorm and came up with the idea for CatAList within the prison walls of Braun Hall. Dan splits his time between his responsibilities for CatAList, his commitment to the Occidental College men’s soccer team, school, and his attempt at a social life.
Ryan Rambach grew up in Ashland, Oregon—home to the internationally renowned Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Ryan’s interest in film started when he was 11 years old when he made his first movie using his father’s Hi8 video camera. After screening a few of his films at the Ashland Independent Film Festival (AIFF) in Ashland, Oergon, Ryan was appointed to the festival’s advisory committee where he undertook the task of helping to coordinate AIFF’s student film program.
Emma Gerch is a sophomore Media Arts and Culture major who started her film career as the bright-eyed and bushy-tailed creative director of a local access variety show in Minneapolis, Minnesota. When not holed up in the CatAList office, she enjoys Irish dancing, plotting the revolution of the 99%, and drinking soy lattes.
Graphic Designer & Animator
Cullen Parr is an artist and animator from Chicago, Illinois. His life took a major turn in the Spring of 2011 – his Freshman year – when he joined CatAList as the creator of the show Helix
, and he has never been the same since. While majoring in Media Arts & Culture, Cullen is mostly taking an intermission from film studies this semester to work on his double minor in Music and Mathematics. He believes in tirelessly pursuing his passions, doing things his own way, and leprechauns. Some of his inspiration can be found here
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Programming & Marketing Director
When he’s not meticulously Tweeting, Facebooking, Instagramming, and everything else in betweening, you can find Jake Kahane ripping twine on the lax field or shamelessly procrastinating in the Green Bean. When he misses his dogs, he is a short drive to the west side of Los Angeles where he was born and raised. This year Jake is looking to build some strong relationships as well as putting a sweet sounding title on his résumé. Insert edgy quote here.
Eunice Lee is a film and media studies major who strongly believes that there’s nothing Fred Astaire musicals and a cup of green tea cannot fix. She loves being spontaneous and cannot stand following everyday routines. She avidly collects cameras, pop-up books, rings, and mugs. Currently she is desperately looking for anyone who can teach her how to work her 1950 Kiev 4.
David Sacci is a senior economics major. Originally from the New York City suburb of Fairfield, Connecticut, David enjoys his life in Los Angeles for all of its contrasts and culture. A fellow car lover, David has come to feel right at home in auto-centric California. In his leisure time David is known to drown himself in a sea of automotive and technology themed blogs, although he wished devoted more time towards his love of sailing. David’s CatAList duties include maintaining the content and the functionality of its website.
Dustin is a senior at Occidental College, majoring in Media Arts and Culture. He has composed for music for studio recordings and student short films. Ask him for a song (rock, electro, folk, hip-hop, or honky-tonk), and he'll get it to you lickedy split!