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Nat Christian studied filmmaking in college. He was asked by classmates to act in their student projects. He then studied with some of the top acting coaches in the industry and was soon cast in local plays, receiving critical acclaim and awards, and landed running roles on TV including “General Hospital”, “The Young and the Restless”, “Days of Our Lives.”
Actor, Jerry Orbach (Law and Order), read one of Nat’s screenplays,”California Casanova” (MGM Home Video), and offered to play the lead role in it, which brought about the independent financing. Nat also directed the movie. He was then asked to direct the production company’s other feature, a zany comedy, “Club Fed” (MGM Home Video).
Nat directed and produced “For Heaven’s Sake” (2008; Vanguard Cinema), starring Florence Henderson, Allison Lange, David Paetkau.
Nat’s existential screenplay, “Channels” (2008; Vanguard Cinema), which he directed, produced and starred in, also featured Ed Asner, Kim Oja, John Kassir, Taylor Negron and Joan Van Ark. Both films were official selections at independent film festivals.
Nat wrote, directed and produced “Monday Morning” a socio-political drama set within the context of a Minnesota political campaign and the harsh realities of Los Angeles’s homeless community. Monday Morning received a limited theatrical release at Laemmle Theaters. Because of its very graphic depictions and general philosophy of the homeless situation, Monday Morning (not rated) caused a polarizing effect, off-putting with some viewers, while highly praised by others for the very same elements. Monday Morning won the “Best Feature Film Award at the Long Island Film Festival, as well as being in the Official selection at others. It received wide distribution in May 2013 by Vanguard Cinema/Anderson Digital.
Along with his fourteen screenplays, Nat also story consulted on “The Duke” (Buena Vista). Nat wrote the feature “700 Hill” for Monterrey Pictures, which is in development.
Nat resides in Los Angeles and Minneapolis
Freyr Thor, the CEO of Vanguard Cinema (distributor), said: “Nat applies his great talent to nuances in his writing and directing as well as in his acting, which makes his work both believable and interesting. His sense of timing is impeccable, and his characters and stories feel real no matter how unreal the experiences, and you care about what happens next.”
The executive producer of “Channels” and “For Heaven’s Sake” said: “Nat is able to blend his great sense for characters, conflict and action with his truly unique gift of story structure for an always compelling story telling experience in all genres.” – Ann Marcus, Emmy Award Winner (Mary Hartman); Producer (Knots Landing, General Hospital, Channels, For Heaven’s Sake).
Ed Asner: “It was a great pleasure working with Nat Christian who is a talented filmmaker and performer. His film is a fantasy that can allow many of us (if not too uptight) to take flight in, and will fascinate by its bittersweet possibilities.”
On writing “700 Hill” (in development), David Mendez, the CEO of Monterrey Pictures said: “Nat handled the sensitive subject matter with professionalism, creativity, and thoughtfulness.”
DIRECTOR . . .
“Monday Morning” – Vanguard Cinema (Starrring Victor Browne, Molly Kidder, Jessica Spotts, Nat Christian)
“Channels” – Vanguard Cinema (Starring – Kim Oja, Ed Asner, Nat Christian, Joan Van Ark)
“For Heavens Sake” – Vanguard Cinema (Starring – Florence Henderson, Allison Lange, David Paetkau, Stephanie Patton)
“California Casanova” – MGM Home Video (Starring – Jerry Orbach, Ken Kercheval, Audrey Landers, Tyrone Power Jr.)
“Club Fed” – MGM Home Video (Starring Lance Kinsey, Burt Young, Karen Black, Judy Landers, Allen Garfield, Sherman Hemsley)
“The Conversation” – (High Def Short)
“Gypsy” – (Film Short)
DIRECTOR CLIPS . . .
ACTOR– TV & Features (partial list) . . .
“Monday Morning” (Lead) – Vanguard Cinema
“Channels” (Lead) – Vanguard Cinema
“The Meeting” (Lead) – short; Miracle Productions
“General Hospital” (Lead/Recurring) – ABC
“The Young and the Restless” (Lead/Recurring) – CBS
“The New Mickey Spillane” (Co-Star) – ABC
“Days of Our Lives” (Lead/Recurring) – NBC
Various Episodic TV
“Mirror, Mirror” (Lead) – Industrial; Kiwa Productions
“High Def Frame” (Lead) – short; HDCam Productions
* ”Naomi Court” (Harper) – Pilot Theater, Los Angeles
“Country and Western” (Jeb Marlowe) – 49th ST. Theater, New York (Off-Bdway)
“Detective Story” (Charlie) – Tracy Roberts Theater, Los Angeles
“The Zoo Story” (Jerry) – Tour; UCLA, USC, Pierce, Chino, Barnsdale
* Recipient of the Los Angeles Drama Logue Award for Outstanding Performance.
ACTOR CLIPS . . .
(MOST RECENT ROLES)
(SOME PAST TV ROLES)
WRITER (partial list) . . .
“Monday Morning” – Vanguard Cinema (sold – produced)
“Channels” – Vanguard Cinema (sold – produced)
“Echoes” – Palisades Pictures on assignment in development)
“700 Hill” – Monterrey Pictures (on assignment; in development)
“1st Dog” – Applecreek Comm. (sold; in development)
“The Duke” – (Story Consultant) Buena Vista / Keystone (sold – produced)
“California Casanova” – MGM Home Video (sold – produced)