Caitlin McCarthy earned her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Emerson College, which is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best graduate programs in the country. An award-winning screenwriter at international film festivals and labs, Caitlin has written feature screenplays including: WONDER DRUG, a "Featured Script" on The Black List website, Bitch List honoree, and among the Top 50 screenplays and Top 10 highest scoring women in the 2019 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition (out of 7,302 entries); A NATIVE LAND, Academy Nicholl Top 10% and promoted as a "highly-rated script" by The Black List website; and RESISTANCE, a script accepted into the exclusive Squaw Valley Screenwriters Program, made possible with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Academy Foundation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Caitlin is also writing/creating the TV series "Free Skate," named "One To Watch" on WeForShe's WriteHer List; and partnering on writing/creating the TV series "Pass/Fail" with Jim Forbes (a multiple Emmy, ALMA, AP and Golden Mic award-winning writer, producer, correspondent, and narrator). In addition to screenwriting, Caitlin serves as an English teacher at an inner-city public high school. Prior to education, Caitlin worked in public relations, where she fostered relationships with the press and crafted messages for companies that were delivered worldwide.
As a fourth-generation investigative journalist, Jim Forbes has long covered, intensively, the issues Caitlin McCarthy lives daily at her inner-city public high school. His is the story perspective from 30,000 feet, as complement to Caitlin’s “in the trenches” daily reality. He just completed four years work for the recently aired (July 2016) critically acclaimed and ratings winner, 4-hour History Channel documentary, “DB Cooper, Case Closed?” He was a Co-Executive Producer and the on-air Investigative Correspondent. For the past 37 years, Jim has walked in many shoes; from long time investigative producer, writer, correspondent, narrator, and host, being recognized with multiple Emmys, AP, and Golden Mic awards for creating compelling content. He was also awarded the ALMA for “Best Made for TV” Documentary as director, producer, writer, and correspondent for VH1’s “Selena, Behind the Music.” Jim has contributed to numerous award winning and acclaimed programs for broadcast and cable networks including CNN, FNN, PBS, CBS, NBC, VH1, ESPN, E!, Animal Planet, Discovery, History, A&E and FOX.