"I have known Christian for almost 30 years. His commitment to excellence is beyond question. The skills and temperament he has developed over the years have helped him to know quality when he sees it and how to bring out the best in others. He is truly an artist who has embraced all the nuisances of his craft. This has resulted in an outstanding director and producer in the film industry."

 

    - Aubrey Weldon
       Attorney, San Francisco

biography

Christian was born in Los Angeles and raised in Hollywood, His passion for film came at an early age. His mother, Lita, was a radio personality for station KMPC, at the time a music and entertainment station. She took him to many movie premieres she covered in her broadcasts, so he was able to meet many celebrities while still a child, among them Lucille Ball, Dick Powell, June Allison, Criswell, Art Linkletter, Betty White, Les McCann, Lash LaRue, Johnny Grant, and Jose Iturbi.

 

By the age of 5, he had a contract with the Marcella Bell Talent Agency in West Hollywood and performed on television in various broadcast and children's shows and in live television and radio commercials.

 

In 1960, his mother married Raymond D. Bowman, a jazz and classical music impresario and noted music critic who taught and encouraged Christian to write. His step-father later owned an art gallery in Beverly Hills where he was inspired by the artists showing there, including Innocenzo Daraio, Mae Babitz, Leonora Cetone Starr, and Flavio Cabral. At age 12 he met legendary dance pioneer Ruth St. Denis, who encouraged his love of art and shared her life and career with him.

 

In 1969 Christian enlisted in the United States Air Force where he was trained as an illustrator and designer. He created orientations and briefings with the 62nd Military Airlift Wing (MAC), where he was also a member of the Base Honor Guard. He later worked on military training films with the Aerospace Audiovisual Service (MAC) and worked with one of the first units to produce films on videotape, rather than film stock. He received an Honorable Discharge for his service and is a member of the Air Force Association.

 

By 1973 he moved to San Francisco where he freelanced as a graphic designer, creating numerous posters, brochures, print ads and collateral materials for many years.

 

He spent two years in Springfield, Ohio where he was active in live theater. During the 1980 season at the Springfield Civic Theater, he performed in two plays, Agatha Christie's "Mousetrap" in the part of "Christopher Wren" and played the lead role of "Charles Condomine" in Noel Coward's comedy "Blythe Spirit". Both plays required him to speak in an English accent.

 

He lived in New York City during the spring of 1984 and worked for a noted film manager on Times Square. He was able to meet several major film celebrities during that time. This experience further inspired his passion for film. He returned to San Francisco where he gave tours at the San Francisco Opera House, worked as a classical music manager in a music store.

 

During the 1990s he returned to college to obtain a degree in Multimedia and was then employed by two major advertising agencies in the San Diego area. For 3 years he created the cover for the tennis magazine "Racquet Tech." In 1999 he spent a season working with the Houston Symphony Orchestra. He began freelancing as a writer and had several magazine articles on music and film published during this time.

 

By the 2000s, he turned to ghost-writing screenplays before finally directing his first feature-length film "Defcon 2012" in 2008. He is also a composer and created the scores for several of his short films. He also wrote the lyrics to the song "The Ghosts of San Francisco" (with music by John Thomas Bullock) which was sung by Motown recording artist Chris Clark for Christian's feature film "When the World Came to San Francisco" which he also wrote and directed. The film premiered at the Koret Theater at the de Young Museum of Fine Arts in San Francisco. The music video for the song won the "Mixed Genre Jazz Film Award" at the "New York Jazz Film Festival" in November 2016. His music video "Manhattan Montage", with music by jazz guitarist Pat Thomi and photography by Miriam Danar, won "Top Music Video" at the "New York Jazz Film Festival" in August 2017.

 

He is married and lives in west Las Vegas, Nevada. He continues to write, compose, and direct films. He is a member of ASCAP.

 

 

 

 

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