Manhattan Montage

Winner of "Top Music Video" at the New York Jazz Film Festival. This short film was edited, produced, and directed by R. Christian Anderson. The music is an original score by composer Pat Thomi. Music Supervisior was R. Christian Anderson. The New York photography is by Miriam Danar.

  • R. Christian Anderson
    Director
    "Defcon 2012", "Tea and Destiny", "The Ghosts of San Francisco"
  • Grover James Taylor
    Producer
    "When the World Came to San Francisco", "Tea and Destiny"
  • Miriam Danar
    Photography
  • R. Christian Anderson
    Supervising Producer
    "Defcon 2012", "Tea and Destiny", "The Ghosts of San Francisco"
  • R. Christian Anderson
    Film Editor
    The Ghosts of San Francisco, The Ruminator, I Remember Devi Dja
  • R. Christian Anderson
    Writer
    "Defcon 2012", "Tea and Destiny", "The Ghosts of San Francisco"
  • R. Christian Anderson
    Music Supervisor
    "Defcon 2012", "Tea and Destiny", "The Ghosts of San Francisco"
  • Pat Thomi
    Music Composer
  • Project Type:
    Music Video, Short, Other
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 57 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 3, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    7,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital (available on Blu-Ray)
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • New York Jazz Film Festival
    New York City, NY
    United States
    August 26, 2017
    New York Premiere
    Winner - Top Music Video
Director Biography - R. Christian Anderson

Born in Los Angeles and raised in Hollywood, his passion for motion pictures came at an early age. His mother, Lita, was a radio personality for station KMPC, at the time a music and entertainment station. He was performing on live radio in commercials by the age of 3.

At the age of 9, his mother married Raymond D. Bowman, a jazz and classical music impresario and noted music critic who taught and encouraged Christian to write. 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 volunteered to serve in the United States Air Force where he was trained as an illustrator and worked on military training films with the Aerospace Audiovisual Service (MAC), and worked with one of the first units to produce films on video tape, rather than film stock. He received an Honorable Discharge for his service.

By 1973 he moved to San Francisco where he freelanced as a graphic designer, creating numerous posters, brochures, print ads and collateral materials over the next couple of decades.

He directed his first feature-length film "Defcon 2012" in 2008. In 2015 he co-wrote the song "The Ghosts of San Francisco," sung by Chris Clark for the film "When the World Came to San Francisco", which he also wrote and directed. The music video of which won the "Mixed Genre Jazz Film Award" at the "New York Jazz Film Festival" in Harlem in November 2016.

Today he is married and lives in Las Vegas, Nevada where he continues to write, compose, and direct films. He is a member of ASCAP.

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Director Statement

I've been a fan of jazz musician and composer Pat Thomi for the past 16 years and was honored to finally be able to work with him on this project. I found the brilliant photographs of Miriam Danar of New York were the ideal vehicle to synchronize with his brilliant composition. I'm very proud of the result and hope you enjoy our collaboration on this project, as well.. Thank you for your consideration!