Introducing Our Newest Writer on FirstShowing - Cate Hahneman!

February 14, 2011

Cate Hahneman

It has been a while since we introduced a new writer, but that changes today as we're excited to introduce a new member of our team - Cate Hahneman! Cate is a film student at Boston University whose passion for screenwriting makes her a stickler for a good story. She has been an avid reader and fan of FirstShowing since being introduced to the site by a colleague on a feature film set several years ago. Before returning to college, Cate labored on several indie films, working as an assistant for producers, directors, and production designers, as well as in the Art Department of the Coen Brother's A Serious Man. Her posting begins today!

Cate will be posting regularly at FS, but not necessarily news, as you'll soon see (follow her posts here). Cate originally lived in southern Virginia and worked for years in a refurbished 1940's art deco cinema. She spent most of her youth in Minnesota and has an affinity for films with a Midwestern sensibility (especially those shot on location). She's thrilled to be FirstShowing’s first female contributor and plans on bringing attention not only to great screenwriting but also to adaptations, historical pieces, and documentaries. You can follow her on Twitter as @CisforCinema as well. And incase you were curious, here are her Top 10 favorite films:

1. Cinema Paradiso
2. It's a Wonderful Life
3. Rear Window
4. Meet Me in St. Louis
5. Field of Dreams
6. Billy Elliot
7. Parenthood
8. Singing in the Rain
9. Jurassic Park
10. Grand Illusion

We're happy to have Cate joining the team and can't wait for you guys to start reading her all of her fantastic articles. Please join us in welcoming Cate to FS and making her feel right at home with the rest of the crew!

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Welcome! I hope Alex treats you right.

Jordan Raup on Feb 15, 2011


Welcome! I look forward to another midwestern perspective on films!

Jertown on Feb 15, 2011


Hooray for writers!!!

Jace on Feb 15, 2011


A fellow BU alum! Represent!

Ron on Feb 15, 2011


hey, welcome!

Jonah on Feb 15, 2011


You love Cinema Paradiso soooooooo much that you even got a cool tattoo to prove it...Congratulations! Looking forward to reading your contributions for one of the coolest sites on the world wide web.

birddog on Feb 15, 2011


What? Is that for real? The masses demand a photo of the tattoo! πŸ™‚

Alex Billington on Feb 15, 2011


Can you even show a picture on a Message Board? If so you will have to teach me and I will prove to everyone just how much I (permanently) love Cinema Paradiso.

CisforCinema on Feb 15, 2011


Yea, we can probably arrange that... Just shoot a pic and email it to me and I'll upload it for you.

Alex Billington on Feb 15, 2011


Here is my Cinema Paradiso tattoo -- As promised!

CisforCinema on Feb 16, 2011


That's rad! πŸ™‚

Alex Billington on Feb 16, 2011


i *finally* caught Cinema Paradiso this very last weekend. now i can see why everyone's been ripping on me for not seeing it. got to find the Director's Cut version, now.

Anonymous on Feb 16, 2011


bienvenida!! i figured that since nobody had done it yet i would greet u in spanish! πŸ™‚

Alanx_ on Feb 15, 2011


cate - i loathe "top whatever" lists.......however - how can you NOT have at least one of the following on your list? -grapes of wrath -(original) raisin in the sun -(original) 12 angry men -casablanca -shawshank redemption there are MANY others and i could never limit my "greatest ever" to just a top 10.......but i don't see how you leave out all of those movies above (especially "grapes of wrath" and "shawshank redemption" any thoughts?........and welcome to the site!

Anonymous on Feb 15, 2011


Top Ten Lists are Limiting! They have more to do with my personal connection to each film as opposed to being an overall "I declare these to be the one and only top ten best." Have to say 12 Angry Men, Casablanca, Shawshank, and Citizen Kane -- among many, many others -- could be in the ranking! I could do a top ten per genre or decade! Couldn't we all?

CisforCinema on Feb 15, 2011


Lets do it then! Top ten per Genre!

Anonymous on Feb 15, 2011


westerns? in no particular order: the shootist (waynes best role) big jake tombstone (kilmer as doc holliday was unforgetable) unforgiven man who shot liberty vallance outlaw josie wales (i know - i've got 4 CE movies on here) pale rider high plains drifter no name on the bullet (great to watch paranoia of town) high noon (gary cooper was amazing) (original version) 3:10 to yuma the gunfighter (gregory peck was amazing) gunfight at the OK corral and have to add an 14th - it wouldn't be considered a "classic" by many, but "the quick and the dead" is one of my favorites - it's SO much fun to watch and hackman and decaprio are on top of their game in that one. man - i suck at making top10 lists! but these all have to be included if i'm talking westerns.

Anonymous on Feb 15, 2011


agreed. we all have our favorites. i couldn't even make a top 30 list, there would be movies i woudn't have room for! it's very nice to meet you! and BTW - i wholeheartedly agree with xerxex......i hope you are not pro 3D.

Anonymous on Feb 15, 2011


if I was to make a list it would probably be a top 100 and I reaaally don't wanna do that, I started to on imdb but stopped after three hours went by.

Anonymous on Feb 15, 2011



Jon A. on Feb 15, 2011


WELCOME CATE!!!!!!! You had better not be Pro 3-D.

Anonymous on Feb 15, 2011


I can confirm that I am most definitely NOT Pro-3-D.

CisforCinema on Feb 15, 2011


good to know, I think we can be good friends now. Had to make sure.

Anonymous on Feb 15, 2011



Conrad Williams on Feb 15, 2011


hallelujah! she's on our side! πŸ™‚

Anonymous on Feb 15, 2011


indeed she is!

Anonymous on Feb 15, 2011


a broad, smiling welcome! and a special, additional welcome for that comment.

Anonymous on Feb 16, 2011


Yeah Minnesnowta!

Ben Nesvig on Feb 15, 2011


Hahneman since you're a big fan of Screenwriting, I'm gotta ask what has been your favorite adapted screenplay so far?

Anonymous on Feb 15, 2011


Always good to see new writers on the site!

Cruzer on Feb 15, 2011


Hey. Hi. Welcome.

Anonymous on Feb 15, 2011


Welcome πŸ™‚

Anonymous on Feb 15, 2011


Hi, Cate πŸ™‚ I'm from Minnesota. Nice to know that you are one among me (and Coens) that's from Minnesota and have an immense love for movies. Cinema Paradiso? Nice choice! I'd like to see that tattoo.

Jon A. on Feb 15, 2011


Welcome to the dark side Cate! And Cinema Paradiso, nice!

Bing-Bong on Feb 15, 2011


Welcome, Cate! Looking forward to your posts. Now get started and write something πŸ™‚

Anonymous on Feb 15, 2011


You are like a real-life version of her:

MikeFly on Feb 15, 2011


You have a very interesting top ten!

Silencio! on Feb 15, 2011


bienvenue cate

F Megh on Feb 15, 2011


Welcome CATE! Wishing you the best and finest!

Gh on Feb 15, 2011


Bringing the sense and sensibility to this ol' forum... Welcome!

Leinergroove on Feb 15, 2011


Minnesotan high five! Lived there for about 15 years and just moved last year. Welcome!

Chris Luostari on Feb 15, 2011


Welcome! Jurassic is such an awesome addition to that list

Anonymous on Feb 15, 2011


Hell yea it is! πŸ™‚ But so is Cinema Paradiso of course... you seen it?

Alex Billington on Feb 15, 2011


Welcome πŸ˜€

A5J4DX on Feb 15, 2011


Excellent--looking forward to seeing what Cate brings to the site. Even better is that she has been getting down into the trenches that is film making, which makes her a hell of a lot better than most folks who have not one jot of experience but somehow yell and scream and act as if they're better than Hollywood (see a typical talkback on AICN, for example). Welcome aboard, Cate!

Marc McKenzie on Feb 16, 2011


Welcome Cate! By your list you have an eye and a sense for talent and film making. And a credited partcipant in the Art! ( If you loathe Seth Rogen, then we will get along just fine!)

RandallM on Feb 16, 2011


I hate facebook... I tried to Add cate but even though she hasn't actually accepted me I keep seeing her updates to remind me that i invited her... AHHH lol BTW: inside job awesome doc, youtube: money as debt... both of them.

Ricardo Marques on May 29, 2011

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