Chris King is a multiple award winning filmmaker and three-time NorCal Emmy nominated television writer/producer. After receiving his B.A. in film from California State University Long Beach, he worked at Sony Pictures Entertainment as a promotions and game show writer. Simultaneously, Chris worked as a freelance scriptwriter-for-hire. His feature-length and short screenplays have garnered national attention in The Nicholl Fellowship, the Chesterfield Film Project, Fade In Magazine and HBO’s Project Greenlight.
His first feature film Touching Down received numerous film festival awards and nominations, including both the Jury Prize and Audience Awards at the Sacramento Intl Film & Music Festival, and the Bronze REMI Award at WorldFest-Houston. It also landed two Best Actress nominations for Sarah Lewis at The Method Fest Film Festival in L.A. Awakening was his first short film. After screening at several festivals, it was picked up for world distribution by The Spiritual Cinema Circle where it played in over 80 countries. Chris has made six more short films since; Life, Rachel, The Killing of Mary Surratt, Proposal, Happiness, and First Date. Life (about the Baby Safe Surrender program) was also made into a series of English and Spanish language Public Service Announcements and was nominated for an Emmy. The PSAs played for millions throughout California and were ultimately picked up by both Los Angeles and Kern Counties as their official Safe Surrender Program commercials.
Rachel and The Killing of Mary Surratt are Watermark’s most successful films to date. Combined, they have played in over 125 cities in 40 countries. They’ve screened at over 35 film festivals around the world, including two Oscar-qualifying fests (L.A. ShortsFest [twice] and Cleveland International). Lead actress of Rachel (Kelly Nixon) was also awarded Best Actress at VisionFest-New York...the first time in the festival’s history this award went to an actor in a short film instead of a feature. The Killing of Mary Surratt, about the first woman in America executed by the federal government for her role in the Lincoln assassination, was later picked up for distribution by the Surratt House Museum in Maryland and at Ford’s Theatre National Museum in Washington DC. Proposal landed actor Eric Wheeler a Best Actor nomination at VisionFest-New York, and played at over 15 festivals before finally airing on the ShortsHD Channel in the UK, Africa, and the US. In fact, Rachel and The Killing of Mary Surratt and Proposal have all been picked up for world distribution by the ShortsHD Channel. Happiness is on its film festival run, winning multiple awards and nominations including Best Short Film and Best Actress (for Sierra Hersek) at VisionFest-New York.
Chris is currently in post-production on First Date (another short), in pre-production on two more shorts, Birthday and Carol (about Carol Burnett), and is writing Infamous - his next feature-length script based on the true story of serial killer Dorothea Puente. Chris resides in Roseville, California with wife Heather and their two daughters.
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Heather King has been co-writing and co-producing films since Watermark’s first film, Touching Down. From costumes to craft services to watching the kiddos on shoot days with no baby sitters, she has her hand in all aspects of production. She began with proofing and editing Chris’ screenplays, and moved into co-writing (her favorite aspect) with Awakening and Rachel.
“This journey into the world of film has been so unexpected, and so fun. There’s a certain magic that happens on shoot days that thrills me each time. I don’t know that I’ll ever tire of being with a dedicated group of talented artists and technicians working in sync to make something bigger than themselves, all for the love of film. Chris has his hands full as the director/producer, so I serve as back-up eyes and ears – I joke that my official role on set is ‘sleeve tugger’.
My favorite part of the film process though is writing with Chris. He’s the story-guy who writes the first draft, then we hunker down on the couch after the girls are in bed and go through the script line by line. Late nights, but great memories.”
Heather holds a MA degree in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica. She also completed post-graduate studies in Counseling Psychology and Soul-Centered Leadership (www.universityofsantamonica.edu - amazing!).
Post-graduation, Heather established the intention to help people worldwide live connected, soul-centered lives. “It is my hope that our films will spark discussions that help people connect to each other in deeper-than-everyday ways, as well as help people connect to some of their own emotions that they may not touch into in their daily lives. I’m also very excited about another film project that we have coming up that will help people connect with themselves and their families more directly and more personally in ways that will have long-lasting and far-reaching impacts. Stay tuned for details!”