Caytha, a writer and producer, began making movies while driving carpools in suburban New Jersey. Her stories change the old tropes of motherhood with pathos and heightened reality humor. Her first feature, a romantic comedy called And Then Came Love, stars Vanessa Williams, Eartha Kitt and Anna Camp. A story about a donor inseminated single mother, the film was licensed to Warner Brothers.
Caytha followed that feature with a romantic light drama called The One, a dialogue on true love and living one’s authentic life.
Turning to theater, Caytha wrote a stage play called It’s All About the Kids, a dark comedy inspired by Becket’s Happy Days and Lisa Kron’s Well about suburban sports culture through the eyes of a soccer Mom. The play won the NJ Playwrights Competition and had a limited run production.
Due to the success of the play, a movie version was produced called Bad Parents that stars Janeane Garofalo, Cheri Oteri and Christopher Titus. It has played on Netflix, HBO and was a Top Comedy on Red Box.
Her other major credits include: The Other F Word, a short form episodic series about an empty-nester mother’s reinvention journey. The cast includes Steve Guttenberg, Judy Gold, Alysia Reiner and Gilbert Gottfried. The series was a top series on Amazon Video Direct and was subsequently licensed to The Girlfriend, the GenX offering of AARP.
Now living on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, Caytha then wrote and produced Pooling to Paradise a road film about four strangers, each at a crossroads in their lives, who find connection in a ride share. The film stars Jonathan Lipnicki and Dreama Walker. The play version was selected to be part of Emerging Artists Theater Spring New Works Series.
Caytha has produced several storytelling events called Women at the Crossroads. She recently co-chaired the Gold Standard Arts Festival, a week-long festival that celebrates film, theater, and comedy emerging and established artists who are a minimum of fifty years old. The proceeds from the festival goes to creating year round programs for older artists that are currently in the works.
Caytha’s short play April Showers was published in Drama in the Time of CoVid. Two essays of hers were published in the anthology Midlife on Fire.
She began her career as a literary agent in New York. She has an MFA in Screenwriting from UCLA and a BS in tv/film from Syracuse University. Caytha was profiled by the Writers Guild as well as Screenwriter Magazine. She is a member of the Writers Guild, Honor Roll, NYWIFT and the Producers Guild.
Press & Interviews
On Writing: Writer's Guild
Becoming a Filmmaker in Midlife: Caytha's Story
Mom-mentum: Interview with Creator Caytha Jentis
National Screenwriter Day Panelist 1/5/2017
MA Conference for Women, Boston, MA 12/16
Career Transitions: Pivoting into Career 2.0
Irelaunch Return to Work Conference, Columbia University, NY 9/16
Relaunching in News & Entertainment Panel
Courage & Purpose Retreat, Aurora, NY 11/16
The Struggle & Success: Entrepreneurship Panel
MorphMom- What's Next Conference, NY, NY 6/26