Jeff Christian

direction for the screen

From narrative storytelling to comedic infotainment, an articulated vision and collaboration with actors, DPs, producers and clients result in stories that resonate with audiences.  A veteran of over 100 sets, directorial work includes content seen by millions in movie theaters across the country to short film pieces integrated into theatrical stage productions.  Available for freelance directorial execution of a script or concept-to-delivery execution of content with a group of trusted collaborators.  Browse the gallery below and click the images for a sample of work.

Man in the Seats – nationally-exhibited comedy short

Shot on location in Chicago and Orlando with Digital Kitchen for Screenvision.




Frightline – nationally-exhibited animated comedy short

Written and directed with Jeff Long, aided by the wunderkind of Digital Kitchen.



Screenvision – nationally-exhibited movie preshow reel

Shot monthly in Chicago and exhibited in nearly 2000 movies theatres across the country, this is a one-minute sizzle reel of the content shot over five years of production.


Upright Citizens Brigade – comedy short

Featuring Veep’s Matt Walsh, The Upright Citizens Brigade takes a humorous look at improvisation in the movies.  



Still Live – narrative short

Shot on location in Chicago with DP John Mossman and editor Mark Bashore.  Exhibited for six weeks as part of Collaboraction’s multidisciplinary showcase at the Chopin Theatre.



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Mojo Mickybo – opening sequence in a stage production

Video incorporated into the critically-acclaimed stage production by Seanachai Theatre Company (now Irish Theatre of Chicago).  The sequence for the memory play established the adult actors as their child counterparts and introduced the importance that cinema would hold in these characters’ lives.


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The Skin of Our Teeth – video in a stage production

Opening video sequence that was projected on a curtain which would later reveal the theatrical production of Thornton Wilder’s classic, The Skin of Our Teeth.  Treated live action and stock photography were mixed to create the vintage news reel feel of the opener.


Production History

Good Guy with a Gun (narrative feature) | 2nd unit director | One Shot Productions 

Echo Chamber (28 minute narrative) | director/writer/producer | upright monkey/CCPA 

Papaya (8 minute single-shot narrative) | director/producer/DP | upright monkey/CCPA 

Irimi (8 minute narrative) | director/producer | upright monkey/CCPA 

The Structure of Our Moments (8 minute narrative) | director/producer | upright monkey/CCPA 

Screenvision #501-509 | director/writer | Digital Kitchen

Screenvision #401-412 | director/writer | Digital Kitchen

Screenvision #301-312 | director/writer | Digital Kitchen

Screenvision #201-212 | director/writer | Digital Kitchen

Screenvision #104,108 | director/writer | Digital Kitchen

Screenvision #102,103,105,106,107,109,110,111,112 | writer | Digital Kitchen

Cyrus (identity video) | co-director/writer | Sarofsky

Frightline (animated short) | co-director/co-writer | Digital Kitchen

Man in the Seats #4-6 | director/writer | Digital Kitchen

Man in the Seats #1-3 | co-director/co-writer | Digital Kitchen

11th Magnitude (identity video) | co-director/writer | The Shadow Gang

Still Live (narrative short) | director/co-producer | upright monkey/Collaboraction

Das Pingponger (documentary short) | co-director/co-producer | upright monkey