FILMMAKER'S BIO

Under his company Breaking Branches Pictures, founded in 1996, Christian de Rezendes has produced critically acclaimed and award-winning feature films including “41” (2007), a documentary about the youngest victim of the Station Nightclub Fire, the fully improvised dramedy feature “Getting Out of Rhode Island” (2003), and the family inspired documentary “Alzira's Story” (2000).  

 

Many of his films have been distributed, have screened internationally at film festivals, and have been broadcast regionally on  PBS.  Recent short films produced include “Zach: A Film about Epilepsy” (2009).  Christian’s award winning documentary short film "Revealed: Portraits Beneath One’s Surface" (2011) has screened at many film festivals and special events.  

 

In 2012, Christian completed the multi-award-winning short comedy "Cat Scratch", which has screened at over a dozen film festivals including the Boston Comedy Film Festival where it received the Audience Award.  The following year he premiered “Memories for Sale,” a short drama based on the award winning play by Jerry Bisantz, and in a co-production with the Image Theater in Lowell, MA.  This film also went onto play at several film festivals and garner two awards, and it was recently partnered with the short sister documentary “Fred and Emile”, which also premiered in Lowell in 2015.  The two films will be shown for upcoming educational events and speaking engagements.   

 

2014 brought the premiere of “Raising Matty Christian,” a feature length documentary on the life of Matthew G. Christian (1983-2009) of Canton, Massachusetts who was born without full limbs and accomplished things that inspired thousands.  To date the film has won 9 top film festival awards including the Best of Fest Audience Award at the Woods Hole Film Festival and has been officially selected by 16 festivals nationwide.  Critic Phil Hall of FilmThreat.com called it, “One of the most profoundly moving nonfiction films I’ve ever seen… This film needs to be seen, talked up, cherished and honored.”   

 

Christian is currently developing multiple film projects, including the two-part documentary “Slatersville: America’s First Mill Village,” which has been several years in the making, in addition to two narrative works.  His company Breaking Branches Pictures continues to offer film production and post-production services throughout New England.  For more information, visit

 

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