Two local teens bring home awards


Local teens Allison Mullaney of Suffolk County and Catherine Cain of Brookhaven recently nabbed a Young Artist Academy Award in Los Angeles last weekend.

Mullaney won Best Teen Actress in a Streaming Film and Cain won Best Supporting Teen Artist in a Feature Film. It was for the 43rd annual Young Artist Awards (a.k.a. “Youth Oscars”) and is the biggest award designed specifically for artists 18 and under.

Mullaney is a teen actress from Suffolk County with professional experience in television, film, voice-overs, theater and modeling. She had her first job at the young age of 4, where she found a passion for performing. She began training and auditioning for local shows in musical theater, performing in roles such as Elsa in “Frozen” and Timon in “The Lion King” before going into television and film, starting in background before landing bigger roles, including her YAA-nominated lead role as Abigail in “A Holiday Homecoming.” Along with school, she maintains ongoing training in voice, dance, acting, and musical theater, including performances in “Pippin,” her most recent venture. In her free time, she volunteers, performing in her community with other local talent in adult homes, nursing homes, and more. Plus, she said she enjoys learning to play instruments such as piano, drums and ukulele.

Cain has been around the entertainment industry for her entire young life. She began modeling as a toddler and landed her first role as Olivia MacDowell in the HBO series “People in New Jersey.” She has appeared in a variety of other series, films and shorts. She has a twin brother, and won’t let him ever forget that she is two minutes older. Cain is currently a freshman at St. Anthony’s High School in Huntington and lives in Brookhaven Hamlet with her parents, grandma, brother and two dogs.

ALLISON MULLANEY: nominated for and won the Young Artist Award for Best Lead Teen Actress in a Streaming Film for her role as Abigail in “A Holiday Homecoming.”

CATHERINE CAIN: nominated for Best Young Actress in a Streaming Film for her role as Martha in “A Holiday Homecoming”; nominated for Best Young Actress in a Streaming Series for her role as Martha in “Welcome to Hope” (Season 1); nominated for and won Best Supporting Teen Artist in a Feature Film for her role as Julie Remington in “Baking Up Love.”

All of these movies and series can be viewed on PureFlix and Amazon. 

“I am so proud of Catherine and Allison for their accomplishments in such a tough industry,” said Candice Cain, president of Gemelli Films and writer/director of “A Holiday Homecoming” and “Baking Up Love.” “They are both wonderful, down-to-earth, and well-rounded teenagers. I know that winning the Young Artist Awards will help both of them achieve bigger things in life, and look terrific on their college applications when the time comes. These girls really motivate me to want to do more teen and child-driven productions.”


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