Saturday, October 31, 2020

INTERVIEW WITH DIRECTOR CHARLES A. CHRISTMAN III

Born and raised in Northeast Philadelphia, Charles A. Christman III earned his B.A. in Film and Media Arts from Temple University. His directorial career includes the award-winning "MASKS" trilogy and three additional short films, including the critically acclaimed "The Eye of Menw." Charles is debuting his latest project, "The Flower People," on the 2020 film festival circuit. To date, the film has been accepted into 28 festivals worldwide and has won several awards. Charles works for the City of Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation as a facility supervisor and media consultant.


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Q. Hello Charles, it's a pleasure to have you with us for this interview. Congratulations on your ‘Best Thriller’ and ‘Best Young Actor’ awards at last September's edition of the “Rome International Movie Awards” (click HERE to read the winners).
Your new movie is “The Flower People”: in a few words, what is it about?

A. Hello, thank you for having me. “The Flower People” tells the story of a mother and her son who have a chance encounter with a mysterious woman selling flowers. Unaware of the impending danger, her son disappears the next day and becomes the victim of a cult kidnapping.

Q. What can you tell us about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere? Was it difficult to find the right collaborators and, above all, a cast who could translate your cinematographic vision into acting and images?
A. The on-set atmosphere was pretty amazing. I usually work with a skeleton crew, but this time I was fortunate to have a dedicated team who gave me 110 percent every day. I was very appreciate of that.
When making films, I usually work with the same four people so we already have great chemistry. I also worked with one of the lead actresses, Hannah Kathryn Young (IMDB), on another film of mine so I brought her on board for this one. I think the hardest part was finding the other actress and the child actor. Fortunately for me, I had two colleagues help me out and I was able to get Yasiris Alvarado (IMDB) and Xavier Thorton (IMDB), which became a dream come true for me.

Q. What got you into filmmaking in the first place, and did you receive any formal training on the subject?
A. I’ve always been very interested in film and TV but never thought it could be something I could do. In the Philadelphia neighborhood where I grew up, you either went to college, became a police officer/fighter fighter or joined a union trade. The arts and film wasn’t something pushed on kids like me, but I was always very drawn to it because of my creativity. It wasn’t until I took an English class in community college that I was pushed toward filmmaking even more. My English teacher, Dr. Jerry McDade, is probably the reason why I am making films today. He guided me through the remainder of my community college years and then wrote me a wonderful letter of recommendation to Temple University Film School, where I received my degree in Film and Media Arts. During my time in Temple’s film program, I learned to sharpen my skill as a writer, producer and director. Temple University has an phenomenal film program.

Q. What can you tell us about your filmwork prior to “The Flower People”?
A. My work prior to “The Flower People” includes a few melodramas, but the horror and thriller genre is where I flourish the most. I did a very successful short film called “The Eye of Menw”. The film was an award winner and accepted into more than 10 film festivals. My next project was “Masks”, a trilogy of shorts film that are all interconnected, which also received accolades and was accepted into many festivals.

Q. Any future projects you'd like to share?
A. I have two short scripts almost ready to go, and I think I’m leaning toward making a slasher/zombie film. Think “White Zombie” with Bella Lugosi meets “Friday the 13th”. I want to do something different and fun. “Masks” and “The Flower People” were more serious thrillers/horror paying homage to the Val Lewton RKO films of the 1940s.

Q. How would you describe yourself as a director?
A. As a director I would describe myself as an actor’s director. Yes, I write and storyboard all my scenes, but I love having table readings and rehearsals with my actors. I usually give the actors freedom to bring the characters I write on page to life. I always tell them, I’ve written a skeleton for your character but it’s up to you to create the flesh. So it’s always a collaborative effort with my actors. I don’t have a problem with them trying to do something new or something different from what I had in the script. I actually encourage it. I am not dictator director. I want people to challenge or question me because it benefits all of us as well as the film. 

Q. Directors (and indeed actors) who inspire you?
A. There are so many directors that have inspired me, where do I start? Josh Whedon, Christopher Nolan, Martin Scorsese, Stanley Kubrick, John Carpenter, Alfred Hitchcock, Orson Welles, Spike Lee, Quentin Tarantino, Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, Kathryn Bigelow, Brian De Palma, Wes Craven and Clint Eastwood.
The actors that inspire me include Jack Nicholson, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Paul Newman, Denzel Washington, Sylvester Stallone, Robert Duvall, Gene Hackman, Philip Seymour Hoffman.
The actresses that inspire me include Meryl Streep, Katherine Hepburn, Bette Davis, Audrey Hepburn, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Helen Mirren, Glenn Close, Viola Davis, Jodie Foster, Simone Simon and Grace Kelly.

Q. Your favourite movies? And of course, films you really deplore?
A. Some of my favorite movies are "Rocky", "Godfather", "The Dark Knight", "Vertigo", "Taxi Driver", "Halloween", "A Nightmare on Elm Street", "Do the Right Thing", "Citizen Kane", "A Clockwork Orange", "Reservoir Dogs", "Carrie", "Unforgiven", "The Hurt Locker", "Jaws", "Cat People", "The Exorcist"
Films that I usually deplore are ones that do not have a story. But somehow I’m always able to find one or two little things that I like about bad movies. In the end, I have to give the director credit because they were able to make a film and create new art.

Q. Where can people see your work?
A. I'm on IMDB (HERE), Facebook (HERE), Instagram (HERE), YouTube (HERE) and my earlier YouTube work (HERE). 

Q. Thank you for this very inspiring interview, Charles. Here at the “Rome International Movie Awards” we look forward to seeing and appreciating your new film productions!
A. Thank you very much and I greatly appreciate the opportunity. I am grateful and humbled that you enjoyed “The Flower People” and that it was recognized with two awards. I wish nothing but continued success for the "Rome International Movie Awards". Thank you!

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Interview with Director Charles A. Christman III is coming on October 31st

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Monday, October 26, 2020

"My Neighbour's Window" (India) in competition at the "Rome International Movie Awards"

"My Neighbour's Window" directed by Aranya Sen (India) is in competition at the "Rome International Movie Awards".
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Sunday, October 25, 2020

"Sin" (Spain) in competition at the "Rome International Movie Awards"

"Sin" directed by Alberto MartΓ­n-AragΓ³n (Spain) is in competition at the "Rome International Movie Awards".
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Saturday, October 24, 2020

"Umoya" (USA) in competition at the "Rome International Movie Awards"

"Umoya" directed by Jason Sterling (USA) is in competition at the "Rome International Movie Awards".
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Friday, October 23, 2020

"Alexandre the Fool / Alexander Odyssey" (Canada) in competition at the "Rome International Movie Awards"

"Alexandre the Fool / Alexander Odyssey" directed by Pedro Piers (Canada) is in competition at the "Rome International Movie Awards".
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Thursday, October 22, 2020

"The Short Film Club" (UK) in competition at the "Rome International Movie Awards"

"The Short Film Club" written by Darren Stokes, Matthew Bancroft (UK) is in competition at the "Rome International Movie Awards".
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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

"Saving Earth: Turkey's Wildlife Corridor" (Turkey) is in competition at the "Rome International Movie Awards"

"Saving Earth: Turkey's Wildlife Corridor" directed by Abed Ahmed (Turkey) is in competition at the "Rome International Movie Awards".
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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

"In love with Ally Barker" (Australia) in competition at the "Rome International Movie Awards"

"In love with Ally Barker" directed by Chris Smellin and Robert Smellin (Australia) is in competition at the "Rome International Movie Awards".
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Monday, October 19, 2020

"The Widow" (Australia) in competition at the "Rome International Movie Awards"

"The Widow" directed by Brendan Young (Australia) is in competition at the "Rome International Movie Awards".
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Sunday, October 18, 2020

"Heart of Glass" (Puerto Rico) in competition at the "Rome International Movie Awards"

"Heart of Glass" written by Frank S. Walker (Puerto Rico) is in competition at the "Rome International Movie Awards".
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Saturday, October 17, 2020

"Night Alone" (India) in competition at the "Rome International Movie Awards"

"Night Alone" directed by Rajat Kaushal (India) is in competition at the "Rome International Movie Awards".
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Friday, October 16, 2020

"Why? You can be the next one!" (Germany) in competition at the "Rome International Movie Awards"

"Why? You can be the next one!" directed by Thorsten Kramer (Germany) is in competition at the "Rome International Movie Awards".
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Thursday, October 15, 2020

"I due soli (la coppia)" (Italy) in competition at the "Rome International Movie Awards"

"I due soli (la coppia)" directed by Luca Tassone (Italy) is in competition at the "Rome International Movie Awards".
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Wednesday, October 14, 2020

"Rossoman" (Italy) in competition at the "Rome International Movie Awards"

"Rossoman" directed by Giacomo Rinaldi (Italy) is in competition at the "Rome International Movie Awards".
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Tuesday, October 13, 2020

"Simile" (India) in competition at the "Rome International Movie Awards"

"Simile" directed by S. S. Jishnu Dev (India) is in competition at the "Rome International Movie Awards".
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Monday, October 12, 2020

"The Butcher" (USA) in competition at the "Rome International Movie Awards"

"The Butcher" directed by Michael Moutsatsos (USA) is in competition at the "Rome International Movie Awards".
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Sunday, October 11, 2020

"Ashes" (USA) in competition at the "Rome International Movie Awards"

"Ashes" written by Alicia Ocana (USA) is in competition at the "Rome International Movie Awards".
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Saturday, October 10, 2020

"We're fine" (USA) in competition at the "Rome International Movie Awards"

"We're fine" written by Alicia Ocana (USA) is in competition at the "Rome International Movie Awards".
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Friday, October 09, 2020

"Time for Tea!" (USA) in competition at the "Rome International Movie Awards"

"Time for Tea!" by Becky Doyon (USA) is in competition at the "Rome International Movie Awards".
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Thursday, October 08, 2020

"Eugima's Village" (USA) in competition at the "Rome International Movie Awards"

"Eugima's Village" directed by JayTee Thompson (USA) is in competition at the "Rome International Movie Awards".
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Wednesday, October 07, 2020

"The Council" (USA) in competition at the "Rome International Movie Awards"

"The Council" directed by JayTee Thompson (USA) is in competition at the "Rome International Movie Awards".
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Tuesday, October 06, 2020

"Final Act" (USA) in competition at the "Rome International Movie Awards"

"Final Act" directed by Jeff Musillo (USA) is in competition at the "Rome International Movie Awards".
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Monday, October 05, 2020

Certificates sent to all the winners

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Sunday, October 04, 2020

"Family Salad" (France) in competition at the "Rome International Movie Awards"

"Family Salad" directed by AdΓ©laΓ―de Nicvert (France) is in competition at the "Rome International Movie Awards".
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Saturday, October 03, 2020

SEPTEMBER 2020 - WINNERS

We are extremely proud to announce the winners for the September contest (in alphabetical order).
Congratulations!!!

1. "Mambo Man", by Mo Fini, Edesio Alejandro (Cuba)

1. "Dimmi chi sono", by Luca Caserta (Italy)
2. "Paath (The Lesson)", by Karan Singh Rathore (India)

1. "Brazzy Jazzy", by Steven Becker (USA)
2. "The Gliwensbourg Chronicles", by Emilie Tommasi (France)

 
1. "Black Silence (The Last Night)", by Luca Tassone (Italy)
2. "Confessions", by Ernest Serrano (USA)

1. "The Flower People", by Charles A. Christman III (USA)
2. "Pastiche", by Shivaan Makker (USA)

1. "Gon, the little fox", by Takeshi Yashiro (Japan)

1. "Driftwood Episode Two", by Darren Campo (USA)

1. "Time Stamped 64", by Jennifer Treur (Australia)

1. "Failed State", by Brian Jackson (USA)

1. "The Shannon O'Brian Chronicles", by Jenness Rouse (USA)

1. "Quarantine Chronicles", by Quique Rivera Rivera (USA)

1. "Alaska Long Hunters", by Mark D. Rose (USA)
2. "
Nella casa di Dorothy", by Francesco A. Mondini (Italy)

1. "Psychology of Migration", by Ferhat Atik (Turkey)

1. "Erraiak", by Ekain Martinez de Lizarduy StΓΌrtze (Spain)
2. "Growing Up Guide Pup", by Matthew Thomas Chapman (USA)

1. "The Honey Trapper - Season 2", by Felise Garcia (USA)

1. "It's Christmas", by Jason Brown (USA)

1. "The Burned Man", by FrΓ©dΓ©ric Roussel (Belgium)

1. "Love Thy Neighbour", by Nisha Kapoor, Deidre Jantjies (USA)
2. "Time Stamped 64", by Jennifer Treur (Australia)

1. "Living Dead Girl", by Becky Doyon (USA)

1. Mark D. Rose for "Alaska Long Hunters" (USA)

1. Shivaan Makker for "Pastiche" (USA)

1. Emilie Tommasi for "The Gliwensbourg Chronicles" (France)

1. Todd Royal for "Bloodlines" (USA)

1. Anna Bernardi for "Black Silence (The Last Night)" (Italy)
2. Jenness Rouse for "The Shannon O'Brian Chronicles" (USA) 

1. Michael Joseph Pierce for "Confession" (USA)
 
1. Felise Garcia for "The Honey Trapper - Season 2" (USA)

1. Xavier Thorton for "The Flower People" (USA)

1. Sara Arjun for "Paath ( The Lesson)" (India)

1. Michael Joseph Pierce, Alysia Ingrim for "Confession" (USA)

1. Hector Noas, Isael Yudexi de la Torre Mesa, Alejandro Palomino Infante, David PΓ©rez PΓ©rez for "Mambo Man" (Cuba)

1. Santosh Damodar Detake for "Paath ( The Lesson)" (India)

1. Luca Tassone for "Black Silence (The Last Night)" (Italy)

1. Francesco Liotard for "Dimmi chi sono" (Italy)
2. Soumen Paul for "The Stranger" (India)

 
1. Alberto Bellavia for "Time Stamped 64" (Australia)

1. "Handy", by Shaun Swift (USA)
2. "To Love, and Bear", by John Kearns (USA)

1. "Time Stamped 64", by Jennifer Treur (Australia)

1. Takeshi Yashiro for "Gon, the little fox" (Japan)

1. Nathalie Ven for "The Gliwensbourg Chronicles" (France)

1. Kelly Ampe, Mathilde Dhordain for "The Gliwensbourg Chronicles" (France)

1. Sara Freericks for "Pastiche" (USA)

1. Gino Tommasi for "The Gliwensbourg Chronicles" (France)