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Kaitlin Puccio is an actress, filmmaker, model, musician, and music producer. In 2014, Kaitlin's first short film "Circles" screened at festivals globally, and garnered multiple awards and nominations, including winning Best Short at Hoboken International Film Festival, and being nominated for Best Director at 30 Under 30 Film Festival. "Circles" also earned her a Best Director win at Golden Egg Film Festival LA, and nominations for Best Actress and Best of the Fest. She took home the Gold Award from WorldFest-Houston in the Dramatic Shorts category.
Kim Bass, Emmy-nominated writer, In Living Color, and creator of Sister, Sister and Keenan and Kel, said of "Circles": “If Ms. Puccio set out to prove that she could wear a mind-blowing four hats on her first production, then with her ‘Circles,’ she no doubt did just that and more. As writer, director, actress, and producer, Ms. Puccio certainly set the stage for even bigger and better to come.” Though the film did not screen at the festival, Cannes Head of Film at the time took notice, stating: "J’ai bien visionné [ce] court métrage que j’ai apprécié…" (Translation: “I watched [this] short film, which I appreciated…”).
Kaitlin's debut feature film screenwriting credit is for the film ELLE, which is in pre-production, and which won several screenwriting awards at film festivals and in competitions. Actor David Dastmalchian said of ELLE: “Puccio has a captivating, thought-provoking voice that echoes Atwood and Burgess. The characters are lost souls in a sharply created landscape that feels familiar, haunted and real. The flowing perspectives holds up both mirrors and windows to the characters and, for me, the reader.”
In 2014, Kaitlin was a Women In Film panelist at Beacon Independent Film Festival alongside Emmy and Peabody award winner Beth Levison and Writers Guild of America award nominee Ingrid Jungermann.
Her debut album, ABYSS, was released in July 2020. A three-track single, À Côté Du Paradis, was released shortly after, in August 2020. Ryan Roxie, guitarist for Alice Cooper, said of ABYSS: "It has a Fiona Apple type music vibe."
Kaitlin is the author of two children's books. The character from her first book, "The Adventures of Celia Kaye," appears on the Celia Kaye Explorers Girl Scouts patch. The book is also being developed into an animated television series for kids, with Kaitlin credited as a writer. Kaitlin donated a portion of the proceeds from her second book to a charity, Paws of War, which matches rescue dogs with military veterans.
Also in 2018, Kaitlin edited a book published by Bent Frame Publishing, which was featured on the front page of the New York Post's "Living" section.
Kaitlin was formerly a regular contributor to The Huffington Post under a pseudonym, where she wrote about celiac disease and gluten-free living. She has also been published in MindBodyGreen, and has written for the journal Voices in Bioethics on the topics of identity and Substance Use Disorder.
She received special thanks in the book "Make Your Kid A Money Genius," and served as editor of the book "How Healthy People Eat." She was also a ghostwriter for a member of President Obama’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability.
Kaitlin trained in Film and TV at Stella Adler Studio of Acting, in Theater at SUNY Oswego, and is a regular guest of Amy Schumer’s film and theater group, The Collective. She is also trained in several styles of dance. She has an academic background in philosophy (NYU), law (Georgetown), and bioethics (Columbia).
Awards and nominations
|2014||Hoboken International Film Festival||Best Short||Circles||Won|
|WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival||Gold Remi Award||Won|
|Golden Egg Film Festival||Best Director of a Short||Won|
|Hoboken International Film Festival||Best of the Fest||Nominated|
|Golden Egg Film Festival||Best Actress||Nominated|
|30 Under 30 Film Festival||Best Director||Nominated|
|2015||Northeast Film Festival||Best Screenplay||Elle||Nominated|
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- "Who Are We Without Trauma?". Voices in Bioethics.
- "(Mis)treating Substance Use Disorder With Prison". Voices in Bioethics.
- "Make Your Kid A Money Genius". Google Books.
- "How Healthy People Eat". Google Books.
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