Symphoria Psychological Thriller - Global Indie Film Fest




Film Type: Feature Film
Genres: Psychological Thriller
Runtime: 1 hour 35 minutes 30 seconds
SCREENING 30.09.20

At 29, Shawn Wittig is the epitome of the spoiled rich kid living on the largesse of an indulgent single playboy father. The years of coddling by dad, including avoiding prosecutions from DUI to manslaughter charges continue to fuel Shawn's addictions to drugs and alcohol, When the law finally caught up with him, Shawn is released into a teaching/rehabilitation program at the local university run by JT Dalton, a brilliant but mysterious chemist. At first JT’s and Shawn’s relationship is antagonistic but, after a late night in the chemistry lab, it becomes something deeper. Soon JT and Shawn are involved in an illicit and highly sexualized affair that begins to consume both their lives. When the University catches wind of the affair, JT is promptly suspended and Shawn’s father forces the young man to give up his romance with his older professor…

Director Biography

Catherine Dao (Director/Producer/Actor) As a Chinese-American immigrant making her way into the film business, it was only natural for Catherine to take a little detour to earn a Doctorate in Chemistry from USC, with full scholarship, of course. Little did her parents realize what she learned as a scientist would serve to fuel her pursuit of a passion in filmmaking. Very early on in her career, numerous experiences in films and theatres have won her many positive responses in the press. The results of her dedication to working with women directors had been recognized in Visual Communications’ In Focus for “Cloud and Moon” with Cheng-Sim Lim, and in the American Film magazine for “Kalito” with Mary Jane Eisenberg. In addition, she has performed in “A Community of Caring,” which won the L. A. Emmy, directed by sit-com director Mary Lou Belli, and in “Birds of a Feather,” which won the Houston Worldfest Bronze Award AND the Crystal Award of Excellence, directed by Lisa Dalton.


Director/Writer/Producer - Catherine Dao
Producer - Nancy Isaak
Producer - Diane Peterson

Key Cast

A Martinez - “Carl Wittig: Key Supporting”
Eileen Davidson - “Vicky Lewis: Key Supporting”
Catherine Dao - “JT Dalton: Main Character”
Tyler Wolfe - “Shawn Wittig: Main Character”

Voting for this film is over. Nominations from season 2 will be announced shortly.


  1. Hiroyuki Haga
    Hiroyuki Haga 21 October, 2020 02:05


  2. Diane Peterson
    Diane Peterson 21 October, 2020 20:41

    Terrific movie!

    LEE RUNKLE 22 October, 2020 01:19

    Good movie. I enjoyed all the characters, especially the Professor. Excellent musical score.

  4. amy weibel
    amy weibel 24 October, 2020 18:26

    Fantastic thriller! Great twist at the end!

  5. e y
    e y 25 October, 2020 01:45

    Good twists and turns in the story line . . . It kept me guessing till the very end. Loved the opening and the use of the periodic table of elements, the fact that the setting was in a lab and based in science, and the 7 stages of Symphoria.

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