Alfred Thomas Catalfo is a screenwriter, director, producer, actor and attorney. He has been a winner or finalist in 23 major screenwriting competitions with four different feature scripts. In 2006, Catalfo wrote, produced and directed The Norman Rockwell Code, a 35-minute, Web-based spoof of The Da Vinci Code that was featured on The Must List ("Ten Things We Love This Week") in Entertainment Weekly and had more than one million online hits in three months. The Library of Congress selected The Norman Rockwell Code for inclusion in its Film Collection that features works by American filmmakers chosen on the basis of their historical, cultural or aesthetic significance. Other short films he has written, produced and directed include the Hitchcockian thriller The Stag Hunt, the dark comedy Ear Whacks, and Bighorn, a 15-minute, supernatural historical fantasy based on a true fact: that General Custer's bandmaster Felix Vinatieri -- an Italian immigrant and the great-great-grandfather of Super Bowl-winning kicker Adam Vinatieri -- was ordered to stay behind at the 7th Cavalry's Powder River camp and missed the Battle of the Little Bighorn. The story takes place in 2002 and 1876. Bighorn was the subject of full-page stories in the New York Daily News and Boston Herald and winner of the 2011 Online New England Film Festival. Catalfo's latest film, Rocketship, is a 15-minute family drama in which an unlikely bond is formed between a lonely boy and an elderly man claiming to be a former astronaut. Together, they transform a vintage vacuum cleaner into a rocketship for a surprising journey.
Screenwriting competitions in which Catalfo was a winner or finalist include Final Draft (top 8 out of approximately 2500 entries) twice, Austin Film Festival Heart of Film (top 25 out of 4000), Script Magazine Open Door three times, the New Hampshire Film Festival (Grand Prize Winner and wrote two of the four finalists), San Diego Film Festival, Chesterfield sponsored by Paramount, Francis Ford Coppola's American Zoetrope, Fade In Magazine Screenwriting Awards, Monterey County Film Commission Screenplay Competition, Texas Film Institute Screenwriting Competition, and the Nantucket Film Festival Screenwriting Competition sponsored by Showtime in which he wrote two of the three finalist scripts in a blind competition, an unprecedented achievement. Catalfo's feature script Betrayed was recently chosen as the Grand Prize Winner of the prestigious Rhode Island International Film Festival Screenplay Competition.