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Michael David Lies and Catherine Tuttle formed Alcyone Pictures in 2009 while writing, producing and directing the award winning 23 minute narrative film, “EXPERYMENT6”. This film was awarded “The Dante Award of Excellence” by the Florence International Film Festival in association with The Tuscany Film Commission on November 12, 2009 in Italy. In 2012 Michael’s short film script, The Tenth door, was the winner in the Harlem International Film Festival and it was a finalist at the Moondance International Film Festival.

Alcyone Pictures has three screenwriters who always work together:

Michael Lies has written, directed and produced experimental, educational, and industrial films since the late 1970’s. He has studied astrology and the occult arts and infuses these elements into his work. In 1986 Michael sold the film treatment “Elizabeth Bathory, Blood Countess” to a New York City production company.


Gina Sestak is a seasoned attorney who has written several novels and screenplays. Gina has completed advanced screenwriting classes and recently taught a series of Bollywood film classes at the University of Pittsburgh. She has a unique view of human interaction and comes up with intriguing plot twists.


Cathy Tuttle has 25 years of experience in the field of social work. She uses her therapeutic background and exposure to real-life problems to develop each character’s motivations and reactions.