RIVERSIDE – An up-and-coming star from Riverside California is producing, directing and starring in a short film with co-star Megan Porter called “Jessie”. Christopher L. Robinson has some acting work under his belt with roles in shows such as the ID Channel show, “Murder Book”, and Spike TV’s “Tattoo Nightmares”. He also recently starred with Ethan McDowell in “Military State”, which he said was recently distributed in the U.S. and abroad.
Robinson said the film that he is working on now is a low budget, independent style love story. “This is my first time directing a film but because I’m also acting in every scene I am co-directing with Christopher Nunez from 38 films and Riverside City College”.
Robinson said that he first met Nunez many years ago when he (Robinson) worked his first job at the Riverside Auto Auction. Somehow fate brought the two back in contact due to Robinson’s studying acting and Nunez studying directing. “The crew is small, I wanted to create a smaller more Intimate environment on set each day to try and capture an accurate truthful love story.”
Robinson said that Porter was perfect for the role of “Jessie” and when auditions were held for two days in Los Angeles, she “knocked it out of the park”. He said her raw talent was evident from the moment she walked into the room. Ethan McDowell, who Robinson said is extremely talented is also starring in the film. McDowell played in “Space Command” as well as several other roles.
Filming is now approximately halfway complete, and scenes have been shot in Robinson’s hometown of Riverside. “We have three days left and will be filming at a coffee shop in downtown riverside, as well as a local bar, and Riverside City College,” said Robinson. He said they plan on submitting the approximately 20-minute long film to a lot of short film festivals in Los Angeles and throughout the country.
Robinson said that the script has been in the back of his mind for 10 years and a chance meeting with Johnny Depp earlier this year inspired him to move forward with it. He said Depp told him, “keep doing what you’re doing”.
“I’m going to shoot for the moon on all the festivals, the big ones, we’re only halfway done filming but it’s turning out to be a special film.”
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