I don't think of myself so much as a filmmaker as I do a visual storyteller. For me, a film should be an engaging and memorable experience worth revisiting time and again - like an old friend or a good book.
Charles M. Kline is an award-winning writer/producer, author / illustrator, and playwright. His radio drama “Transmission Unknown” was performed live at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago, Illinois for the Wildclaw Theatre Company’s first annual Deathscribe radio play festival in 2008 (winning 2nd place) and was later produced for the Shoestring Radio Theatre program in 2011, airing on 111 stations in 34 states. He has also scribed horror film essays published in the Rondo award-winning book Hidden Horror: A Celebration of 101 Underrated and Overlooked Fright Flicks (2013) and When Animals Attack: The 70 Best Horror Movies with Killer Animals (2016).
Mr. Kline's desire to tell compelling stories using a variety of media took him to Full Sail University in 2011, where he earned his BFA in Creative Writing for Entertainment and graduated Valedictorian in 2014. His student short film "Living With Lycanthropy" (garnering a student award), screened at five film festivals in the U.S. and won "Best Horror" at the 2012 IFQ Film and Webisode Festival in Hollywood, California. In 2016, he directed his first short film "Frankenfriend" for the Beaumont Film and Music Festival's "Small and Creepy Film Contest" and won second place; the film eventually earned several more award nominations during its film festival run and won "Best Editing of a Short Film" at the 2018 International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema in Nice, France. His latest short film, "Human Resources," was an official mobile film category participant of the AT&T Shape Create-a-thon June 2-3, 2018 at Warner Brothers Studios in Burbank, California and his team competed against 64 others filming the same weekend out of over 500 entries.
A U.S. Navy veteran, Mr. Kline has used his skills as a special effects makeup artist on several short films and an independent horror feature during his enlistment. In addition, he created effects for the Navy’s MWR haunted house program in 2006 and worked on an Armed Forces Network commercial in Europe. Mr. Kline is also the author and illustrator of the bleakly comical books The 12 Frights of Christmas (2017) and Mother Noose Nursery Crimes (2018), and is currently seeking a publisher.
  • Producer (4 Credits)
    Nursery Crimes Part One: The Ominous Overture2022
    Animation, Experimental, Short
    Human Resources2018
    Short
    Frankenfriend2016
    Experimental, Short
    Living With Lycanthropy2012
    Short, Student
  • Writer (4 Credits)
    Nursery Crimes Part One: The Ominous Overture2022
    Animation, Experimental, Short
    Human Resources2018
    Short
    Frankenfriend2016
    Experimental, Short
    Living With Lycanthropy2012
    Short, Student
  • Director (3 Credits)
    Nursery Crimes Part One: The Ominous Overture2022
    Animation, Experimental, Short
    Human Resources2018
    Short
    Frankenfriend2016
    Experimental, Short
  • Acting (1 Credit)
    Living With Lycanthropy2012
    Short, Student
Official Selection
Nursery Crimes Part One: The Ominous Overture
Fantasy Film Festival
Paris
2022
Best Animated Film Finalist
Nursery Crimes Part One: The Ominous Overture
EdiPlay International Film Festival
Paris
2022
Winner - Best Animated Short
Nursery Crimes Part One: The Ominous Overture
Paris Independent Film Festival
Paris
2022
Official Selection
Human Resources
Pittsburgh Horror Film Festival
Pittsburgh, PA
2019
Official Selection
Human Resources
L.A. Short Scares Film Fest
Santa Monica, CA
2019
Official Selection
Human Resources
Oxford International Short Film Festival
Oxford, England
2019
Official Selection
Human Resources
Lost Sanity Film Festival
Hoboken, NJ
2019
Official Selection
Human Resources
London International Filmmaker Festival
London, England
2019
Second Place Winner
Frankenfriend
Boomtown Film and Music Festival's Halloween Blood Drive-In / Small and Creepy Film Contest
Beaumont, TX
2016
Best Horror
Living With Lycanthropy
Independent Film Quarterly Film and Webisode Festival
Hollywood, CA
2012
Finalist 2019
Human Resources
Los Angeles Crime and Horror Film Festival
Los Angeles, CA
Creepy Tree Exemplar Award Winter Festival 2019
Human Resources
Creepy Tree Film Festival
Salem, OR
Award of Merit December 2018
Human Resources
One-Reeler Short Film Competition
Los Angeles, CA
College
Full Sail University
Creative Writing For Entertainment BFA
20112014
Birth Date
June 14, 1976
Nickname
Chas
Birth City
Manassas, VA
Current City
Baltimore, MD
Hometown
Virginia Beach, VA
Height
5' 9"
Gender
Male
Ethnicity
Caucasian
Eye Color
Hazel
Zodiac Sign
Gemini
“The future you have tomorrow won't be the same future you had yesterday.” ― Chuck Palahniuk, Rant
I don't think of myself so much as a filmmaker as I do a visual storyteller. For me, a film should be an engaging and memorable experience worth revisiting time and again - like an old friend or a good book.
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