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 filmmaker, 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), When Animals Attack: The 70 Best Horror Movies with Killer Animals (2016), and Strange Blood: 71 Essays on Offbeat and Underrated Vampire Movies (2019).
Mr. Kline earned his BFA in Creative Writing for Entertainment from Full Sail University and graduated with honors 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 third short film, Human Resources, was an official mobile film category participant in the AT&T Shape Create-a-thon June 2-3, 2018 at Warner Brothers Studios in Burbank, California and it later screened at the inaugural Oxford International Short Film Festival at St. John's College in 2019.
A U.S. Navy veteran, 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).
  • 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
SIN Film Fest
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
2022
Official Selection
Nursery Crimes Part One: The Ominous Overture
Lebanese Independent Film Festival
Beirut
2022
Official Selection
Nursery Crimes Part One: The Ominous Overture
Black Cat Picture Show
Augusta, Georgia
2022
Best Visual Effects Winner
Nursery Crimes Part One: The Ominous Overture
Fantasm's Shock Reel Cinema Film Festival
Orlando, Florida
2022
Official Selection
Nursery Crimes Part One: The Ominous Overture
The Tylerman International Film Festival hosted by Cantigny Park
Wheaton, IL
2022
Official Selection
Nursery Crimes Part One: The Ominous Overture
Bengaluru International Short Film Festival
Bangalore, Karnataka
2022
Best Animation/Puppetry Short Film Nominee
Nursery Crimes Part One: The Ominous Overture
Something Wicked Film Festival
Lawrenceville, Georgia
2022
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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