Cat Ellington - Biography

Cat Ellington (born Kimberly Monique Hart; November 28, 1970) is an American multi-genre songwriter/composer, casting director, poet, and art model from Chicago, IL..

Notable for founding her independent music publishing house, the Black Jaguar Music Company, which produces her 24-genre song catalog, Ellington is also known for founding the Centaur Casting Agency, through which she took on the role of casting her first independent feature film titled Dual Mania from 1993-1995.

The psychological suspense thriller shot entirely on location in Chicago, was written, produced, and directed by her husband, Joseph Strickland. And the plot revolves around the dual persona a young man possesses and attempts to conceal throughout his ongoing sessions with his therapist.

The cast includes veteran Chicago stage performer Joe Plummer, who stars in the lead role as the psychiatrist, Michael Spitz who portrays the Doctor's patient, and veteran actress Sherrice Eaglin, who is cast as the Doctor's fiancée.

Shot over a three-year period - from 1996-1999 - Dual Mania, considered one of the longest-awaited films of it's time, is finally gearing for a 2016 release.

In addition to her casting Dual Mania, as well as assisting in other areas of the production, Ellington also contributed to the film's soundtrack, in her primary creative role as a songwriter/composer.