Mark your calendars for a special evening with Watermark Film’s Chris King at the CFAA meeting on March 20th at 7pm.  We will watch several of his award winning short films and learn about King’s winning strategy for making great films and marketing them to audiences and film festivals worldwide.
Chris King is a multiple award winning filmmaker and three-time NorCal Emmy nominated television writer/producer.  After receiving his B.A. in film at California State University, Long Beach, he worked at Sony Pictures Entertainment as a promotions writer and puzzle writer for Wheel of Fortune.  Simultaneously, Chris worked as a freelance scriptwriter-for-hire.  His feature-length and short screenplays have garnered national attention in The Nicholl Fellowship, the Chesterfield Film Project, Fade In Magazine and HBO’s Project Greenlight.
His first feature film Touching Down received numerous film festival awards and nominations, including both the Jury Prize and Audience Awards at the Sacramento Intl Film & Music Festival, and the Bronze REMI Award at WorldFest-Houston.  Awakening was his first short film (and was co-produced by CFAA director Laurie Pederson!).  After screening at several festivals, it was picked up for world distribution by The Spiritual Cinema Circle where it played in over 80 countries.
Chris has made four more short films since; Life, Rachel, The Killing of Mary Surratt, and Proposal.  Life (about the Baby Safe Surrender program) was also made into a series of English and Spanish language Public Service Announcements, was nominated for an Emmy, and has played for millions throughout California.  The PSAs were ultimately picked up by both Los Angeles County and Kern County as their official flagship Safe Surrender Program commercial.
Rachel and The Killing of Mary Surratt are Watermark’s most successful films to date.  Combined, they have played in over 130 cities in 40 countries.  They’ve screened at over 30 film festivals around the world, including two Oscar-qualifying fests (L.A. ShortsFest [twice] and Cleveland International).
Tuesday March 20
7 PM – 9:30 PM
The Arts Institute
2850 Gateway Oaks Dr.