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Christian de Rezendes 
Co-Director, Co-Producer, Camera, Editor


BREAKING BRANCHES PICTURES

Breaking Branches was created by filmmaker Christian de Rezendes in 1996. 

Christian is an accomplished Director, Cinematographer and Editor.  At the age of 21, his first documentary Branches ’93 (1996) received a Certificate of Merit from the Chicago International Film Festival.  A few years later his family-inspired documentary Alzira's Story (2000) received the Silver Award from Worldfest-Houston, screened at the Video Lisboa Festival in Lisbon, Portugal and aired on PBS.  His first feature Getting Out of Rhode Island  (2003) an experimental improvisation filmed in 2 ½ hours), took home the honors of Best Feature and Best Director from the Black Point Film Festival in Lake Geneva, WI and received distribution. 

In 2007 Christian directed and edited 41, a documentary on the life and prophetic work of Nick O'Neill, the youngest victim of the Rhode Island Nightclub fire that claimed 100 lives in February of 2003.  The film is now distribution by Nehst Studios and has received critical praise from Film Threat.

Christian’s most recent documentary short film Revealed: Portraits Beneath One’s Surface premiered at the Jane Pickens Theater in Newport on May 25th, 2011, and has screened at many  national and international film festivals.  This film highlights the REVEALED project created by Photographer Scott Indermaur.

In 2012, Christian completed the short comedy Cat Scratch, which has screened at several film festivals including the Boston Comedy Film Festival where it received the Audience Award.

Currently in 2013, Christian is working on a wide range of film projects, including the documentaries Slatersville: America’s First Mill Village and Raising Matty Christian. The short drama Memories for Sale, a co-production of Image Theater and Breaking Branches Pictures, based on the Award-Winning Play by Jerry Bisantz will premiere in April 2013.

Additional projects include a dramatic short Duet (2010) and documentary shorts for Networks 2008 Timothy Philbrick and Richard Goulis, featured as a program of AS220 in Providence, Zach, a Film about Epilepsy (2009), produced by CURE: Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy, PeaceLove is Possible (2010) about PeaceLove Studios in Pawtucket, RI, and Thinking Through the Drink (2010).

Christian has also collaborated with other filmmakers as Cinematographer and/or Editor on films including: First Movement Form (2002), They Walk Among Us (2005), Solitaire (2008), Children of Providence (2009),  A Tiger In the Dark: The Drew Evans Story (2009), and Masters of the Grind (2011).

In addition to our website, you can visit our youtube channel to see more of our work.

  


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Chris O'Neill / Co-Director, Co-Producer, Camera

Chris O'Neill is a Boston-based filmmaker, theater director, educator, screenwriter/playwright, videographer/editor and graphic/web designer. He holds a BA in the Humanities from Providence College, an MA in Theatre Education from Emerson College, and an MFA from CUNY-Brooklyn College in Directing.

He has directed dozens of stage plays throughout the Northeast since beginning his career in 1999 and is one of the founders of Rhode Island Stage Ensemble (RISE) and Encore Repertory. Recent credits include They Walk Among Us (World Premiere), Joseph... Dreamcoat, A Christmas Carol, his original adaptation of Miracle on 34th Street, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Why the Lord Come to Sand Mountain, The Mystery Plays and the Off-Off Broadway premiere of the original short musical, The People Could Fly.  He also Assistant Directed the World Premiere of the musical Honor for Prospect Theater Company and the New York premiere of his brother's play They Walk Among Us.

His feature films (created under his production label, Nicky's Counting Productions) include They Walk Among Us and the documentary 41 (co-directed with Christian de Rezendes).  Shorts and videos include Sweet Ride, Beyond the Fiddle and World Wide Web.  He is currently in pre-pre-production for his next feature, All Souls.


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Kevin O'Neill / Additional Camera

Kevin O'Neill has been teaching Commercials, Scene Study and Monologues at Lisa Maile for over ten years. Prior to that he lived in Los Angeles for eight years where he worked in over 25 National commercials including, Century 21, Shower to Shower, Nabisco, Ford Ranger, Miller Light Beer, Compaq Computers, Jiffy Lube, Bacardi Mixers, AT&T, Titleist and Boston Market. He was also cast in roles in such shows as NBC's Hardball, USA's After the Shock, The Cape, Seaquest and Safe Harbor as well as roles in Independent films Nine Minutes, Butterfly Dreams, Saudade, Enid, Figment and Exposure.

Kevin has worked on stage with the likes of Vic Tayback and Charles Nelson Reilly. Since moving back to Florida he has worked on over a dozen national commercials including a recent big campaign for Grecian Five. He won "Best Actor in a Feature Film" from the FMPTA for his portrayal of Chris Reynolds in the film The Last Game as well as a "Crystal Reel Award" for his portrayal of Captain Coleman in the film Course of Action. He has guest-starred on the television series Sheena playing his first "Bad guy" role, Vinson. Most recent film work includes Dead by Friday, Second Coming, Delivery, The Price and TV Pilot Wingmen.