Christian de Rezendes

Slatersville, Rhode Island, United States

Filmmaker and Founder of Breaking Branches Pictures

<!--StartFragment--> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><font class="Apple-style-span" size="4"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: 15px;"> <!--StartFragment--> </span></font></p><font class="Apple-style-span" size="4"><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt"><b>Christian de Rezendes</b> (Director, Cinematographer, Editor) founded</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt"><a href="" title="" target="_blank"><b>Breaking Branches Pictures</b></a> in 1996 and its present-day accomplishments include award-winning and praised documentaries, corporate and non-profit videos, commercials and independently produced feature films.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span>Our work has been acquired for DVD distribution, has been featured on TV stations throughout Southern New England, and seen globally. <br> <br> At the age of 21, Christian's first documentary <i><b>Branches '93</b></i>&nbsp;(1996) received a Certificate of Merit from the Chicago International Film Festival.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span>A few years later his family-inspired documentary <i><b>Alzira's Story</b></i>&nbsp;(2000) received the Silver Award from Worldfest-Houston, screened at the Video Lisboa Festival in Lisbon, Portugal and aired on Rhode Island PBS.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span>Christian's first feature <i><b>Getting Out of Rhode Island</b></i> (2003, an experimental improvisation filmed in 2 1/2 hours), took home the honors of Best Feature and Best Director from the Black Point Film Festival in Lake Geneva, WI and received distribution from Film Threat. <br> <br> In 2007 Christian directed and edited <i><b><a href="" title="" target="_blank">41</a></b></i>, a documentary on the life and prophetic work of Nick O'Neill, the youngest victim of the Rhode Island Station Nightclub fire that claimed 100 lives in February of 2003.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span>The film is now in distribution by Nehst Studios and has received critical praise from Film Threat.<br> <br> Additional projects produced include the documentary shorts for Networks 2008 <b><i>Timothy Philbrick</i></b> and <b><i>Richard Goulis</i></b>, featured as a program of AS220 in Providence, <i><b>Zach, a Film about Epilepsy</b></i> (2009), produced for CURE: Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy, <b><i>PeaceLove is Possible</i></b> (2010) about PeaceLove Studios in Pawtucket, RI, and <i><b>Thinking Through the Drink</b></i> (2010), a behind-the-scenes film produced in a project collaboration between the RIDOT, URI Transportation Center, RI Film Collaborative, and SENE Film, Music, and Arts Festival.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span>All of the above documentaries have screened on Rhode Island PBS.<br> <br> Christian has also collaborated with other filmmakers as Cinematographer and/or Editor on films such as <i><b>First Movement Form</b></i> (2002), <i><b>They Walk Among Us</b></i> (2005), <i><b>Solitaire</b></i> (2008), <i><b>Children of Providence</b></i> (2009), <i><b><a href="" title="" target="_blank">A Tiger In the Dark: The Drew Evans Story</a></b></i> (2009), <b><i>Demon of Lateran</i></b> (2010) for Legion Films and the documentary <i><b><a href="" title="" target="_blank">Masters of the Grind</a></b></i><a href="" title="" target="_blank"> </a>(2011) about the history of grind house genre filmmakers.<br> <br>He is also Associate Producer and Cinematographer on <b><i><a href="" title="" target="_blank">Life On the V: The Story of V66</a> </i></b>(in post-production).<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span>The film focuses on the short-lived UHF music video station of Boston in the mid 1980s.<br> <br>Christian's most recent documentary short film <b><i>Revealed / Providence</i></b> (2011) will premiere at the Jane Pickens Theater in Newport on May 25<sup>th</sup>, 2011.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span>This film highlights The Revealed Project and the work of Rhode Island-based photographer Scott Indermaur.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt"><br></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt">Christian also serves as Technical Director of <b><a href="" title="" target="_blank"><i>Southeast New England (SENE) Film, Music, and Arts Festival</i></a></b>.</span></p> <!--EndFragment--> </font><p></p> <!--EndFragment-->

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