Christopher Alan Livingston

AWARD WINNING DIRECTOR, SCREENWRITER, SONGWRITER

After graduating from Beverly Hills High School, Chris earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Connecticut College and went on to complete his Masters of Fine Arts in Film Directing from NYU Tisch School of The Arts. Chris' critically acclaimed career spans throughout many areas of the entertainment industry including film, television and music. The Los Angeles Times, New York Magazine, LA Weekly, Billboard Magazine, WGN Radio, Joan Rivers Show, Variety Magazine,  Hollywood Reporter and many others have featured Chris and his work over the years. He has a passion for bringing creativity to life and applies decades of personal experience to his projects.

Directing and Film Production

Chris just finished co-directing a feature film titled "Be Like Trees" which is slated for release in Spring 2019.

He also directed the indie movie, "Dumbbells", a comedy produced by Barry Katz (Good Luck Chuck, Last Comic Standing), featuring an ensemble cast including Tom Arnold, Jay Mohr, Carl Reiner, and Fabio. "Dumbbells" was released theatrically in 15 cities across the U.S and is now available on DVD/VOD. The film won over 50 awards on the festival circuit, including 11 awards for Best Narrative Feature, 10 awards for Best Comedy, and 5 awards for Best Director.

Chris debuted his professional film career by co-writing, directing, and producing the New York based indie comedy, "Hit and Runway". The film stars Michael Parducci, Peter Jacobson and Academy Award winner J.K. Simmons and was released theatrically in over 20 cities across the United States. The movie aired on Showtime before becoming available on DVD/VOD. Prior to its release,  Hit and Runway received a number of accolades including Best Screenplay at The Los Angeles Film Festival, Best Screenplay at the US Comedy Arts Festival, and was voted by critics Best Screenplay and Best Comedy at The Seattle International Film Festival. It was also nominated for The Starfish Award at The Hamptons International Film Festival and was voted by audience members as one of the top 3 favorites at Roger Ebert’s Floating Film Festival. The movie premiered internationally at The World Film Festival in Montreal.

While attending NYU, Chris produced and directed his thesis film, "Chicken Of The Sea", a fifty-five minute featurette. This earned him NYU’s Best Directing Award and a CINE’s Golden Eagle Award. The film was also a finalist at The New York Underground Film Festival.

Screenwriting

Chris has written numerous scripts for both film and television. Most recently, one of Chris's scripts, "Dining in the Dark", was top listed on The Black List and is currently in pre-production. Another script "Mr. George" a thriller based on a short story published by H.P. Lovecraft, has been optioned and is in development with the highly experienced creative team - Chad and Carey Hayes (The Conjuring, House of Wax).

Chris has created scripts for television including "Ask Roz" which was packaged by the William Morris agency and an animated series "Cliff Hanger", which aired internationally.

Songwriting and Music Production

Chris has always loved music and started composing at a very early age. He has written numerous songs for both film/television projects and he has also done musical scores. Chris' songs have been recorded by a wide range of recording artists, ranging from Lady Gaga to Michael Feinstein. Currently, Chris has just released an original album titled "30 Years Unplugged", available for download now on both Spotify and iTunes.

 

Chris' songs have been featured in CBS’s, Person Of Interest, the long-running series "Northern Exposure" and a one-hour television special based on the Disney character "Little Toot" (currently distributed worldwide). He also co-wrote and co-produced the soundtrack for his first feature film "Hit and Runway" and the television animated series "Cliff Hanger".

He was recognized as one of the best unsigned songwriters by the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, featured in Billboard Magazine and winner of the Hollywood Songwriting Contest. 

Family Inspiration

 

 

Chris is the only child of Alan Livingston and Nancy Olson. He has credited both of his parents for inspiring him in many ways. Chris’ father, Alan W. Livingston, was an accomplished entertainment executive and music industry veteran. During his tenure as the President of Capitol Records, Alan made history by signing cultural icons such as The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, and Pink Floyd. He also created the legendary character "Bozo the Clown" and produced the pilot for "Bonanza" (the longest running show in NBC's history).

 

 

 

 

 

 

His mother, Nancy (Olson) Livingston, is an Academy Award nominated actress and an accomplished Broadway star. She received her Academy nod for Best Supporting Actress portraying Betty Schaefer in Billy Wilder's classic film "Sunset Boulevard". and she has starred in a variety of movies with icons John Wayne, Bing Crosby, and William Holden. Also, Nancy is also part of the Disney family of actors, appearing in many classic films such as "The Absent-Minded Professor," "Pollyanna," and "Son of Flubber."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another inspiration in the family is Jay Livingston (Chris' uncle), a world-renowned song writer. Over the course of his career, Jay won 3 Academy Awards for his contributions to movie soundtracks. He composed Nat King Cole's biggest hit "Mona Lisa", Doris Day's standard "Que Sera Sera", and the classic Christmas song "Silver Bells" which was originally performed by Bob Hope. Jay also composed the theme songs for the television series "Bonanza" and "Mr Ed".

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Most recently, Chris’ 13-year old daughter, Madeline “Mad Rose” Livingston, has developed her own interest in creating music.  She has already recorded and released two original songs titled “Left or Right” and “Facing The World” (both available on Spotify and iTunes)

 

Future Outlook

Chris is committed to promoting synergy between the creative and business development teams to maximize investments in terms of timing and budget. His goal is to “bring-to-life” the most relevant and thought-provoking content possible so that audiences  will appreciate, enjoy, and share these exciting projects with each other for years to come.

Jay Livingston and his writing partner Ray Evans in 1950

Madeline Rose "Mad Rose" Livingston in 2017

Nancy Olson and William Holden in "Sunset Boulevard" in 1950

Alan Livingston and The Beatles in 1964

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