CHRISTINA BECK/ Director, writer, actress
A Los Angeles native, Christina began her career acting in such cult films as Suburbia, Boys next door and Dudes all directed by Penelope Spheeris.
She then went on to New York City and studied at Playwright’s Horizons. Forming her own theatre Co. POW productions Christina wrote, produced and starred in From the Heart premiering at the Samuel Beckett Theatre along with several other off, off, Broadway plays.
After writing, directing and acting in numerous Los Angeles theatre productions Christina wrote and starred in her first short film, Disco Man. Also starring Alan Gelfant (Next stop wonderland) and Annette Murphy (Star Maps). Then went on to make the black and white noir comedy, Blow Me, which screened in The New York underground, The Chicago underground and The Seattle underground film festivals.
Christina was accepted into Fox Searchlight’s new director’s program, Search lab where she directed, wrote and starred in the short film version of her feature film script, Slice which screened in Cannes.
The American Cinematheque screened her short, So hot for you in the Focus on Females directors program along with Miranda July, Sofia Coppola and Andrea Arnold’s early work. Christina’s The Ophelia project can be seen on Youtube and her short LONE screened at The Ballston Spa film festival, NY.
Christina is featured in Media Directions UK, Female Filmmaking Success issue and is also featured in Flaunt magazine’s Big Picture column about her feature film debut, PERFECTION.
Slice the feature screenplay now titled, PERFECTION was one of five contenders for the IFP Best screenplay award . The project was a part of the IFP market, selected for the IFP rough cut labs and chosen to be IFP’s “Spotlight Screening” sponsored by Time Warner and Sag indie. Christina won The Adrienne Shelly female directing award, Best Actor and Best Narrative feature for PERFECTION at The Oxford film festival.
Christina is currently in development on her 2nd feature film, a dark romantic comedy set in Marseilles France titled, EXPECTING GRACE.
A proud member of the Female Filmmaking Collective, Film Fatales, LA and WIMPS, (Women in moving pictures) Christina has sat on the juries for The Feminist film festival, London, The USA film festival, Dallas and The South Eastern European film festival in Los Angeles, CA.
ANNETTE MURPHY/ Producer, actress
Annette Murphy is an award-winning actress and writer. Annette’s screenplay ‘Spiked’ was one of ten features selected nationwide for the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) Producer’s Lab in New Mexico. Her scripts ‘Crack.Open.Jude’ and ‘Liberty Rules’ were awarded finalists in Fade In Screenplay Competition and her first feature, ‘Mercy’ won Step Up Women’s Network Script-to-Screen sponsored by Zide/Perry and Sandra Bullock’s company Fortis Films.
Annette began her career as an actress, appearing in indie films such as ‘Star Maps’ and ‘Chuck & Buck,’ both directed by Miguel Arteta and produced by Matthew Greenfield. She also worked with writers and directors Mike White and Paul & Chris Weitz as well as working with Writer/Actor Lyn Vaus of ‘Next Stop Wonderland’ in the indie film ‘Temptation’ starring opposite Annette O’Toole. Other film and television work includes ‘The Race’ starring opposite CCH Pouder, Cliff Robertson and Paul Rodriquez and David E. Kelly shows ‘Snoops’ and Disney’s ‘One Saturday Morning.’
Annette recently formed 820 am pictures, a film and commercial production company, working with clients such as YWCA, Becky’s House(Shelter for Domestic Violence), Granita Productions and videos for Ska band SKANIC. 820 am pictures’ first feature film was the independent film ‘Perfection’ written & directed by filmmaker Christina Beck. ‘Perfection’ was selected for IFP’s(Independent Film Project) Rough Cut Lab and winner of IFP Spotlight on Diversity and Beck was awarded an Adrienne Shelly grant for female filmmakers. 820 am pictures is currently producing the feature film ‘SuperChicas,’ written & directed by award-winning theater director Juliette Carrillo.
Annette lives in Southern California and is a graduate of Duke University.
Tatiana Kelly/ Executive Producer
Tatiana Kelly’s first film “Wristcutters: A Love Story” starred Patrick Fugit, Shannyn Sossamon, Will Arnett, John Hawkes, Shea Whigham, and Tom Waits. It premiered at Sundance in 2006, was released by Lionsgate, earned two Independent Spirit Award nominations, was screened in over thirty film festivals, and was an eight-time Best Feature festival winner.
Subsequent productions were “Happiness Runs” starring Rutger Hauer, Andie MacDowell, Shiloh Fernandez, and Jesse Plemons, “Smother” starring Steven Bauer and Taryn Manning, and “Dark Yellow,” starring Melora Walters and John Hawkes.
Recent theatrical releases include “The Words,” which was the Closing Night film in 2012 at Sundance starring Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Irons, Dennis Quaid, Zoë Saldana, and Olivia Wilde, “The Procession,” written and directed by Academy Award-nominee Robert Festinger (“In The Bedroom”), starring Lily Tomlin, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and Lucy Punch, and NAACP Image Award nominee, “Life of a King,” starring Cuba Gooding Jr. which premiered at the LA Film Festival.
Other recent releases include “Sunset Stories,” which premiered at SXSW and starred Monique Curnen, Sung Kang, Joshua Leonard, and Zosia Mamet, “Queen of Carthage” starring Shiloh Fernandez and Keisha Castle-Hughes, “Perfection,” which was a participant in IFPʼs Independent Filmmaker Lab, and winner of the Adrienne Shelly Female Directing Grant.
Kelly is currently in post-production on “Sophie” starring Aja Naomi King, Colm Feore, Amanda Plummer, and Lela Rochon Fuqua and she is in pre-production on “Cut Throat City” directed by RZA from the Wu Tang Clan, and Sloan grant recipient, “The Catcher Was a Spy” directed by Ben Lewin (“The Sessions”). Kelly is also in development on projects with Academy Award-nominated writers Tab Murphy (“Gorillas in the Mist”), Robert Rodat (“Saving Private Ryan”), Roger Avary (“Pulp Fiction”), Ernesto Foronda (“Better Luck Tomorrow”), and companies including Lynda Obst Productions, Tribeca Productions and NBC Universal.
Kelly’s work in television includes serving as a Supervising Producer on MTV’s “The Hills” and more recently producing pilots for Bravo and USA Networks.
Kelly holds a Masterʼs degree from the London School of Economics and speaks five languages.