About

Cat Ellington is an American songwriter, composer, casting director, poet, author, and entrepreneur from Chicago, IL. She is best known for her creative contributions to the diverse industries and fields of music, movies, art, and literature.

Cat Ellington's professional credits list a library of nonfiction books, including the Reviews by Cat Ellington series, The Making of Dual Mania, More Imaginative Than Ordinary Speech, Memoirs in Gogyohka, You Can Quote Me On That, and The Cat Ellington Sheet Music Collection. Ellington's credentials—in film and music—include her work as executive casting director on the psychological thriller, "Dual Mania," and its soundtrack—on which she wrote five original songs: "The Book of Us," "I'm Still in Love," "Something in Your Eyes," "Gett Out," and "I Do." Incidentally, Ellington also co-composed Instrumentals: Music from the Motion Picture Dual Mania, a compilation of her original instrumental music previously performed with vocals for the film soundtrack.

The award-winning artist enjoys reading, listening to music, cooking, collecting vintage and modern charm bracelets, watching movies and classic TV shows, sailing, jet-skiing, playing tennis, and eating frozen yogurt — lots of it.

Cat currently lives in Chicago with her husband, filmmaker Joseph Strickland, their three children, and a pet Pomeranian.

Other Works

  • Reviews by Cat Ellington: The Complete Works (Books 1-9)

    2025
  • Reviews by Cat Ellington: A Trilogy of Unique Critiques #3

    2024
  • Reviews by Cat Ellington: The Complete Anthology, Vol. 8

    2023
  • Reviews by Cat Ellington: The Complete Anthology, Vol. 9

    2023
  • Reviews by Cat Ellington: A Trilogy of Unique Critiques #2

    2022
  • Strike a Prose: A Framework of Memories and Commentaries in Poetry

    2022
  • Reviews by Cat Ellington: The Complete Anthology, Vol. 7

    2022
  • Reviews by Cat Ellington: The Complete Anthology, Vol. 6

    2021
  • The Five-Star Review: A Collection of Cat Ellington's Top-Rated Book Reviews from 1981-2021

    2021
  • Reviews by Cat Ellington: The Complete Anthology, Vol. 5

    2021
  • The Cat Ellington Sheet Music Collection

    2021
  • You Can Quote Me On That: A Collection of Quotes by Cat Ellington

    2020
  • Reviews by Cat Ellington: The Complete Anthology, Vol. 4

    2020
  • Reviews by Cat Ellington: The Complete Anthology, Vol. 3

    2019
  • More Imaginative Than Ordinary Speech: The Poetry of Cat Ellington

    2019
  • Reviews by Cat Ellington: A Trilogy of Unique Critiques #1

    2019
  • Reviews by Cat Ellington: The Complete Anthology, Vol. 1

    2018
  • Reviews by Cat Ellington: The Complete Anthology, Vol. 2

    2018
  • The Making of Dual Mania: Filmmaking Chicago Style

    2018
  • Reviews by Cat Ellington - The Complete Anthology Limited Edition Holiday Gift Set (Books 1 & 2)

    2018

Awards and Recognition

  • 2019 Vegas Movie Award for Best Song ["I Do" Written by Cat Ellington, Produced by Cat Ellington and Princeton Brown]
  • 2019 Honorable Mention from the Vegas Movie Awards for Best Song ["I Do"]
  • 2019 Vegas Movie Award [Nominee] for Best Song on a Motion Picture Soundtrack ["I Do"]
  • Mindfield Film Festival (Albuquerque) - 2019 Bronze Award [Winner] for Best Feature Film: "Dual Mania"
  • Pinnacle Film Awards - 2018 Silver Award [Winner] for Best Feature Film: "Dual Mania"
  • Royal Wolf Film Awards - 2018 Best of the Month Award - October [Winner] "Dual Mania" for Best Feature Film
  • Royal Wolf Film Awards - 2018 Best of the Month Award - September [Winner] "Dual Mania" for Best Feature Film
  • 2018 AUTHORSdb Cover Contest [Semi-finalist] "Reviews by Cat Ellington: The Complete Anthology, Vol. 2"
  • 2018 Alternative Film Festival Awards [Nominee] for Best Mystery/Suspense/Thriller: "Dual Mania"