*Online Premiere* Logline: A woman momentarily evades her discontent by adopting a stranger's identity. Our take: “Catherine,” by director Jake Kolton, is a stunning slow burn character portrait built around a masterful performance from Mascha Mareen and sumptuous Super 16mm images from Cory Fraiman-Lott. When a lunch meet-up falls through at the last minute, Laura spends the day alone in the city. After a slice of pizza, she casually wanders into a luxury clothing shop, where she’s persuaded to buy an expensive pair of high heels (“extravagance is almost never a bad thing,” she’s told in the fitting room). From there, a case of mistaken identity (hence the film’s title) allows her an opportunity to retreat into an elegant fantasy. The more Laura misrepresents herself, the more the tension grows from fear of being outed, until it comes to a head in an uninterrupted four minute shot of Laura flirting with a stranger. With its creeping build-up, “Catherine” is almost the inverse of Kolton’s previous short, “Monster,” a frenzied scene of a manic mother wreaking havoc in her son’s room. But both are transfixing studies of existential crisis, and both star Mareen demonstrating impressive emotional range. [Watch on YouTube]. (20 minutes). Directed by Jake Kolton. Written by Audrey Findlay & Jake Kolton. Starring Mascha Mareen. Produced by Casey Bader, Audrey Findlay & Nicolas Paredes. DP: Cory Fraiman-Lott. Edited by Carlos Pérez Segarra. Production Design by Brigette Lopez.