Charlie tells weird and fantastic stories that capture the unique spirit and oddball culture of his homeland, Southernmost Illinois.
Charlie grew up in Southern Illinois as a storyteller, nerd, gamer, musician, and movie lover. He has been making zombie movies with his friends since he was ten years old. His hobbies include film photography, roleplaying games, and music production.
Charlie lived in Gainesville, Florida for seven years where he founded an indie record label for local punk bands and met his wife, bandmate, and production partner, Lauren Leshansky. The pair moved to San Diego, California where they broke into the commercial and television industry. Charlie and Lauren decided to move back to Southern Illinois during the COVID-19 pandemic to make movies using the hidden beauty and haunted locations of Southern Illinois.
Best Picture
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Austin Comedy Film Festival
Austin, Texas
2023
Best Short Film
Mort
The Strange Days Horror Fest
Audience Choice Award
Mort
Chicago Horror Film Awards
Chicago
Best Special Makeup
Mort
Indie X Film Festival
Los Angeles
Best Dark Comedy
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Indie X Film Festival
Los Angeles
Best Illinois Filmmaker
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Days of the Dead
Chicago
Birth Date
April 3, 1989
Current City
Carbondale, Illinois
Height
6'6"
Gender
Male
Married To
Lauren Leshansky
Charlie tells weird and fantastic stories that capture the unique spirit and oddball culture of his homeland, Southernmost Illinois.
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