Chris Brinker to be
Presented Inaugural Robert Smalls Indie Vision Award|
Indie filmmaker Chris Brinker will be
presented the first ever Robert Smalls Indie Vision Award at the 7th
Annual Beaufort International Film Festival being held Feb 13 - 17
in Beaufort, SC. The award is named after the
Civil War hero who rose from being a slave to a U. S. Congressman.
Producer and director Chris Brinker, who died suddenly Friday, will
still be honored at this week’s Beaufort International Film
Brinker, 42, will receive the first ever Robert Smalls Indie Vision
Award posthumously at the 7th annual film festival this week,
president Ron Tucker said.
"He was a young man who had a lot of potential," Tucker said. "He
was living life to the fullest and had a lot of things planned."
According to Entertainment Weekly, Brinker began experiencing chest
pains late Thursday night. Doctors were unable to treat the
extensive damage from the aortic aneurysm.
Brinker’s most well-known works include "The Boondock Saints" and
sequel, "The Boondock Saints II." He also produced "Borough of
Kings" and "Lonely Street".
Brinker was wrapping up production on his directorial debut,
"Whiskey Bay," which he was slated to discuss during the film
festival with Tom Berenger, one of the stars of the movie.
The film is set in 1983 and based on true events about a cop who
infiltrates a ruthless criminal enterprise after he takes down a
contract killer, according to the film festival website. The film
also starts Matt Dillon and Willem Dafoe, and was set to be released
by Sony this year.
A tribute to Chris Brinker and his work has been added to the
Saturday night awards ceremony.
The Robert Smalls Indie Vision Award is named after the Beaufort
native and Civil War hero who rose from being a slave to a U.S.
Chris Brinker is a filmmaker with projects in development or
distribution at almost every major studio. He started his career
working as a camera assistant for award winning DPs and painting
sets for brilliant production designers while working at Chanticleer
Films. He gained exposure to an industry he admired and came to
respect and pursue with a passion.
Chris produced several award winning short films in the early
nineties and later landed a job at New Line Cinema where he was
fortunate to work in the development division where he was exposed
to veteran writers, directors and actors.
In 1997 Chris launched his own production shingle. That year he sold
a story to Paramount Pictures and landed a two-picture deal with
offices on the Paramount lot. He later sold the screenplay “The
Boondock Saints” to Miramax in a bidding war and the film was
produced in 1998. Chris has since produced several films (“Borough
of Kings”, “Lonely Street, “The Boondock Saints II”) and developed
many projects with writers, executives and studios (“Expiration
Date”, “Winchester”, “Whiskey Bay”). He has nurtured artists over
the years gaining a reputation as an advocate for filmmakers and has
a keen understanding of story and the film business.
Chris had also developed and executive produced interactive games,
mobile apps, musical soundtracks, comic books, graphic novels and
general merchandise related to entertainment properties. He owned and
operated a film related merchandising company. The social network
for this company has over 6 million active users. He had a vast
understanding of Trademark, Copyright, distribution and management
of a brand and brought a wide range of experience to any film he was
Recently Chris made his directorial debut on a film entitled
“Whiskey Bay” inspired by true events. The film, set in 1983, is
about a cop who infiltrates a ruthless criminal enterprise after he
takes down a contract killer. The film stars Matt Dillon, Willem
Dafoe, Tom Berenger, Amy Smart, Neal McDonough, Kevin Chapman, Chris
Marquette and Bill Duke and will be distributed by Sony in 2013.
The mission of the Beaufort International Film Festival is to
enliven our community by fostering and developing a rich
appreciation for the art of filmmaking. It is also an opportunity to
showcase the beautiful "film-friendly" region of Beaufort and the
Carolina Sea Islands. For the past quarter of a century Beaufort has
served as the backdrop for more than 20 major motion pictures, to
include Forrest Gump, The Big Chill, The Prince of Tides, and many
more. Through this festival we hope to reintroduce our sweeping
marsh vistas, antebellum homes, and quiet charm of the old south to
a new generation of filmmakers.
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