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Filmmaker to be second speaker in
R-TV Professional-in-Residence series
October 11, 2010
-- Rich Christiano, one-half
of the Christiano Film Group, is the second speaker in the Arkansas
State University Radio-Television Professional-in-Residence series,
Wednesday and Thursday, October 13-14. Rich, who with his twin brother
Dave launched a successful theatrical Christian film career in the
1980’s, will be on campus to speak with students and faculty in the
Their movie production career began in 1977, when the brothers left
their hometown of Waterloo, N.Y., and drove to Hollywood, Calif., with
hopes of seeing Rich’s high school script, “The Valedictorian” produced
into a film. After negotiations with a few producers and one contract
offer, Rich never signed and the movie was never produced.
Dave and Rich then moved to Jonesboro in the fall of 1981 and enrolled
in the Mass Communications Masters program at Arkansas State University.
Their plan was to study for a teaching job and pursue filmmaking on the
In the fall of 1983, Dave got a job at San Antonio Junior College
teaching entry level classes in broadcasting. While there, he began to
study filmmaking. In the summer of 1985, Dave wrote, produced and
directed his first film called “The Daylight Zone,” a Christian version
of the old television series, “The Twilight Zone.” Rich co-financed the
project. Filmed in south Texas, the movie was shot on 16mm film and
released by Christiano Brothers Films in the spring of 1986.
Prior to the release of “The Daylight Zone,” Dave moved back to Arkansas
and rejoined his brother Rich. They set up an office in Jonesboro and
began to distribute their new movie. The Christiano Brothers shot and
released their third film, “Crime of the Age.” Dave wrote the original
story and the screenplay was co-written with Rich. They both produced
and Dave directed the 32-minute comedy-mystery. After the release of
“Crime of the Age,” the brothers decided to set up two separate
production companies for their future projects. The first three films
were released under the name of Christiano Brothers Films.
In 1990, Rich started shooting “The Appointment,” a film he wrote,
produced and directed. The film, a 39-minute suspenseful evangelistic
drama, was released in the summer of 1991 and distributed under Rich
Christiano Films, but later changed to Christiano Film Group.
Rich took a story written by Danny Carrales and co-wrote the screenplay
for “Second Glance” in 1992. Rich also produced and directed the movie,
which features the first major role for actor David White. The 50-minute
drama was released on New Year's Eve night as it premiered in numerous
churches across the country.
In 1998, Rich again teamed with David White for a 54-minute end-times
drama called “End of the Harvest.” He wrote, produced and directed the
film which premiered in early December in Jonesboro. In October
2001, Rich wrote and directed “Time Changer,” his first feature length
movie. Rich teamed with Kevin Downes who co-produced the project, and
Dave served as his story consultant/script editor. The film featured
actors D. David Morin and Gavin MacLeod in the lead roles. A novel
version was released in January 2002. The movie came in October 2002 and
the Christiano Brothers formed a new distribution company, Five & Two
Pictures, which released the movie.
In May of 2005, Rich wrote, co-produced, and directed “Unidentified,”
his second feature length movie. The subject of the film dealt with
UFO's and how they could play into the end times. Dave served as his
story consultant. It was released in theaters in April 2006 under Five &
Two Pictures and played on 85 screens.
Rich's latest film, “The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry,” with Gavin MacLeod
in the lead role, was released in theaters on September 18, 2009. It has
played in over 250 theaters nationwide and is currently still in
release. Set in the summer of 1970, it's the story of a 75-year-old man
and how he influences three 12-year-old boys for the Lord. Dave co-wrote
the screenplay with Rich on this project.
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