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R Christian Anderson

(He/Him/His)

Actor | Director | Producer | Screenwriter

  • ASCAP

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 young child. 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 in 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.   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. He also gave tours at the San Francisco Opera House, worked as a classical music manager in a music store, and spent a season working with the Houston Symphony Orchestra in the Operations Department. 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 before directing his first feature-length film "Defcon 2012" in 2008. He is also a composer and wrote the lyrics to the song "The Ghosts of San Francisco," with music by John Thomas Bullock. The song was sung by Motown legend Chris Clark for the feature film "When the World Came to San Francisco" which premiered at the de Young Museum of Art in San Francisco. His music video for the song was the winner of 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, was the winning "Top Music Video" at the "New York Jazz Film Festival" in August 2017.   Christian continues to work mainly as a screenwriter but also as a director and producer. He also writes song lyrics and is a proud member of ASCAP.  He is married and owns a home in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Encounter with Joe
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  • Comedy .
  • Rom-Com
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When the World Came to San Francisco
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Education

United States Air Force
Audio-Visual Courses
University of Metaphysics
Master of Arts (MA)
Platt College of Design - San Diego
Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
The Hollywood Film Institute
Independent Filmmaker - Certified Producer
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R Christian Anderson

Actor | Director | Producer | Screenwriter

  • ASCAP
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