"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 personality on radio station KMPC, a music and entertainment station. She took him to the many movie premieres she covered in her broadcasts. He began performing live radio commercials for the station.

 

By the age of 5, he had a contract with the Marcella Bell Talent Agency in West Hollywood and was soon performing on live television broadcasts.

 

By age 10 his mother married Raymond D. Bowman, a jazz and classical music impresario and music critic who encouraged Christian's writing and artistic ability. His step-father later owned an art gallery in Beverly Hills where Christian 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 also encouraged his love of art.

 

In 1969 Christian volunteered to serve in the United States Air Force where he was trained as a graphic 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 then helped produce 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.

 

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

 

He lived in New York City during the spring of 1984 where he worked for noted film manager and attorney Jay Julien. During that time, he met several major figures in film, which further inspired his passion for filmmaking. Upon his return to San Francisco, he gave docent tours at the San Francisco Opera House and worked as the classical music manager for a music retailer.

 

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

 

In 2008 he directed his first feature-length film "Defcon 2012” and began to hone his craft writing, producing, and directing a number of short films. He wrote and directed the feature documentary film  "When the World Came to San Francisco" which had its premiere at the Koret Theater at the de Young Museum of Fine Arts in San Francisco. He co-wrote the song “The Ghosts of San Francisco” for the film and the music video 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" the following year.

 

In 2020, he completed 2 animated shorts, including a Spanish language version. A horror short and an LGBTQ-themed live-action film is currently in production. 

 

Anderson is married to Grover James Taylor and owns a home in Las Vegas, Nevada. He is a member of ASCAP.

 

 

 

 

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