I won Best Director for SUMMIT at the RIFF Vortex Film Festival!
Out of 80 films (7 of which were features), I was awarded Best Director! I'm still so blown away and grateful! Having seen a few of the films at the... Read more
SUMMIT in The Sun Chronicle
I was interviewed by The Sun Chronicle about the upcoming Summit screening at Rhode Island Film Festival's Vortex Fest. Read the whole article here: http://www.thesunchronicle.com/devices/features/stories/rhody-horror-fest-embraces-sci-fi-fantasy/article_77e86479-eece-5ba4-9658-48ae5ccc95e4.html.
Here's the excerpt about Summit... Read more
Featured FearMaker on We Are Indie Horror
The website We Are Indie Horror featured me as this week's "Fear Maker." It's a really cool write-up. Check it out HERE.
Macabre Faire Film Festival!
This morning I found out Summitwas accepted to the Macabre Faire Film Festival on Long Island. The dates are January 16th & 17th. It lines up perfectly... Read more
Two New Reviews of SUMMIT!
After screenings, I tend to google my name and the film's title for a few days to see if I come across any reviews or social media mentions, and I... Read more
Rhode Island International Film Festival!
It's an amazing day for Summit! We just found out we've been accepted to Rhode Island International Film Festival's Horror Film Festival!
"Dear Christina: Congratulations! It is my pleasure... Read more
A Review of SUMMIT!
In my recap of the Scare-A-Con screening, I wrote that we noticed an audience member taking notes and assumed he was writing a review. Well, we were right! He tweeted... Read more
A Review of SUMMIT!
In my recap of the Scare-A-Con screening I wrote that we noticed an audience member taking notes and assumed he was writing a review. Well, we were right! He just... Read more
Recap of Scare-A-Con Screening
I blogged about how the Scare-A-Con Screening went. Read it here: http://www.congestedcat.com/blog/2015/9/14/summit-at-scare-a-con-recap.
We got our screening time for Scare-A-Con! Summit screens at 7pm, Saturday, September 12th. See the full film schedule here: http://www.scareacon.com/wp-content/ff2015/ffsched2015.html.
Also, we got our festival laurels!
And they released a... Read more
New Press & Another Screening
I sent an email out to a few horror movie news & reviews sites a couple days ago mentioning Summit's upcoming screening at Scare-A-Con. This morning I was pleasantly... Read more
Summit accepted at Scare-A-Con!
Summithas been accepted at the 16th annual Scare-A-Con Film Festival! We don't know the schedule yet, but the screening will be near Syracuse the weekend of September 11-13. We're... Read more
Summit won Best Horror Film!
Summit ended up winning Best Horror at the Manhattan Film Festival!
I only know of 2 other horror features that screened as part of the festival. There could've been more,... Read more
World Premiere Recap
I wrote a recap of last week's screening. Give it a read: http://www.congestedcat.com/blog/2015/6/9/recap-of-the-summit-premiere-at-manhattan-film-festival.
Also, on Sunday, I released one of my new shorts, "Juice It," online. Watch it here: http://www.congestedcat.com/blog/2015/5/16/juice-it-online-premiere.
Tonight's the Night!
The film premieres tonight at 7pm! If you haven't yet, it's not too late to get tickets and join us for the screening! http://independentfeatures.com/view-screening/693
We hope to see you there!
More Press! Q&A on Indiewood/Hollywouldn't
I was interviewed for the NYC indie film site Indiewood/Hollywouldn't about what to expect from Summit. Give it a read HERE & get tickets for Thursday HERE.
Coffe Talk Radio Interview
Last week I was interviewed for the national radio show Coffee Talk, where I discussed Summit and the upcoming premiere, as well as other CongestedCat projects. Give it a listen... Read more
NY Cine Podcast Interview
I was the special guest on New York Cine Podcast last night. We chatted about the upcoming Summitpremiere and what it's like being an independent filmmaker right now. Give... Read more
One Month Away!
Hello wonderful backers,
We're now just one month away from our world premiere at the Manhattan Film Festivalon June 18th at 7pm! We're really anxious and excited about finally... Read more
We have a screening date!
Summit is screening at the Manhattan Film Festival on June 18th at 7pm! Additional details & tickets can be purchased here: http://www.independentfeatures.com/view-screening/693.
SUMMIT'S FIRST FESTIVAL ACCEPTANCE!
Summithas made official selection at this year's Manhattan Film Festival!!! We're so excited about this and cannot wait to get more info. All we know so far is that... Read more
Good morning wonderful backers,
Today is the start of the 2 year anniversary of principal photography. How time flies! You should have received from me last night a copy of... Read more
We've Begun Festival Submissions!
Hello Wonderful Backers,
As of today, we've submitted the film to 5 festivals! Submitting to festivals is always a tough call because you can't predict which ones will be into your... Read more
Visual Effects are finished!
Hello amazing Backers,
I wrote a blog post on our site about the completion of our visual effects; and since I wrote it with all of you in mind, I'm... Read more
Official Summit Poster!
Good evening Wonderful Backers,
Just a quick update to unveil the official poster for the film! We're just about finished with post-production and are a month away from festival submissions.... Read more
We're Fundraising Again!
Hello wonderful backers,
I'm updating to let you know that my team and I at CongestedCat Productions are crowdfunding for new projects. While Summithas been in post-production this past... Read more
Hello Wonderful Backers! I wrote a blog post about the completion of SummitColor Correction. I wrote it with you in mind as the readers, but it's on our company... Read more
SUMMIT PROMO TRAILER, 2 YEARS AGO
Today is the 2-year anniversary of the day we released our Summitpromo trailer that was used to gain interest in the film in pre-production and for our Kickstarter campaign.... Read more
CATCHING UP ON SUMMIT, ONE YEAR LATER
Hello wonderful backers,
It's been a while. I apologize for not updating more frequently, but the Summit team and I have been hard at work. We have a lot of... Read more
Pre-production Sneak Peek Video
Hello wonderful backers,
Just updating to share a fun new behind the scenes video we put together that chronicles all our big moments in pre-production leading up to our first... Read more
We Have A Rough Cut!
Hello to all our incredible backers!
I apologize for not updating more frequently. But it's for good reason, we've been super busy with post-production the past few months and I'm... Read more
Hello wonderful backers!
So sorry for not updating sooner, I was recuperating from our exhausting but successful shoot. We wrapped production just before 6am on Saturday, February 2nd! We had... Read more
Hello our incredible backers,
It's January 14th and we leave for Lenox, MA on the 18th! Saturday is our first day of production and we'll be living and breathing Summit... Read more
We're having a fundraiser!
Questions With the Cast: Part 2!
Since we didn't have our actor playing Sean at the time of our first Questions with the Cast video, I thought it'd be nice to do a second... Read more
Meet The Cast- Rob Ceriello
This is our fifth and final Meet the Cast video, featuring Rob Ceriello. To be completely honest about why I held off on casting Sean until after Kickstarter, it's... Read more
Catching Up & Announcing Our Website
Hello our wonderful backers!
I hope you've all had a great month since our campaign was successful! I wanted to be updating more frequently but we've been extremely busy with... Read more
WE DID IT!!!
We have a little less than an hour left and we've made our goal! From the bottom of my heart, thank you so much for backing SUMMIT! Whether... Read more
The Final Push For SUMMIT
Hello my wonderful backers,
We have 6 hours left in our campaign. It ends at 4:26pm and if we're under $12,000, we lose everything we've raised. If any of you... Read more
In The Home Stretch
First, I would just like to apologize for not doing an update sooner addressing the $9,000 Update Promise. Thank you so much for helping us get there! We... Read more
Questions With The Cast!
Hey backers and soon-to-be-backers!
I thought it would be fun if we did a video with the cast where I asked them some on-the-spot questions and let you get to... Read more
Get To Know A Little More About Lauren Ashleigh!
Thank you all so much for your pledges and continued support! We have 20 days left and we're $6,824 away from our goal! We still have time to... Read more
Meet The Cast- Ryan Kramer
Check out our fourth Meet the Cast video, featuring Ryan Kramer! I first met Ryan three years ago in a screenwriting class. We didn't really become friends then but... Read more
Article about Summit & Christina Raia
Hello my awesomely amazing backers! I hope your day is going well. Thanks to all of you, we made it past 40% funded last night! And we're hoping to make... Read more
Getting More Horror Site Support
Obscure Horror helped us out by doing a little feature about the film on their site! http://ScariestMoviesOnline.com/
They write about horror films that they find online that mainstream audiences don't know... Read more
Indiewire Project of the Week Results
Thank you to all who voted for us on Indiewire! Unfortunately, we did not win. It was to be expected; we were put up against cause driven documentaries that all... Read more
Meet The Cast- Emma Barrett
Vote SUMMIT for Project of the Week
The voting for Indiewire's Project of the Week has begun! Please click HERE and vote for Summit! You don't have to sign up or sign in, just select and... Read more
We're Indiewire's Project of the Day!!!
Hello backers (and hopefully soon to be backers),
We're almost at 30% and we have 39 days to go! Today we're so happy to announce that SUMMIT has been chosen... Read more
Podcast Interview with Writer/Director Christina Raia
Thanks to the guys of New York Cine, I did my first ever Podcast interview last night! I spoke about Summitand answered their movie-themed questions. I then stuck around... Read more
Meet The Cast- Ricardo Manigat
Check out our second Meet the Cast video, featuring Ricardo Manigat! Ricardo, playing James, was the third actor to be cast in the film. I had a feeling that... Read more
Behind the Scenes Photos
In February, we drove up to Haines Falls, NY to check out our very creepy production location and shoot the promo trailer. It was a full day from 7am to... Read more
What SUMMIT Could Have Been Titled
Hey everyone! No new videos today, just me doing some talking! I know, what else is new ;-) ... But, our 2nd Meet the Cast video is coming soon and ... Read more
Women Making Horror
I did a google search of myself this morning (not gonna lie, I do it from time to time), and came across this little article. It's so awesome to have... Read more
Meet The Cast- Lauren Ashleigh
Check out our first in a series of Meet the Cast videos, featuring Lauren Ashleigh. Lauren is playing the role of "Jesse." We auditioned a few dozen actresses for... Read more
A Q&A with Writer/Director/Producer Christina Raia
Check out this Q&A John Mountain, of Written In Blood, conducted with Writer & Director Christina Raia where she talks about her love for filmmaking and why Summit truly is a... Read more
Gaining More Attention
I just wanted to thank you all for continuing to spread the word! We've made it past 10%! Hopefully today we can make it to 15%! We've got some treats... Read more
Check us out getting buzz on an Indie Horror site! "IGORSLAB is dedicated to promoting all types of Horror." We appreciate that dedication. Thanks for the support IgorSlab!
Thank... Read more
Be Part of Our Kickstarter Campaign
Thanks so much for the support so far! In addition to spreading the kickstarter link around the internet, we're also trying to spread word about the film and the campaign as... Read more
Another Way To Help
You could also help us raise funding by voting for our pre-production promotional trailer in this contest: http://www.internationalmovietrailerfestival.com/all-trailers/summit/. If we win, we'll be able to put anywhere from $500 to $5,000... Read more