As an award-winning director, editor and motion graphics artist with over 15 years of film and television experience, Christian Remde has worked in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, New York City and London in television, film, commercials and everything in between.
Christian grew up in Silicon Valley, where his submersion in computer technology and his introduction to Star Wars, completely paved his career path into digital filmmaking. Deciding to forego film school, he started working for local production companies as a P.A., learning the ropes and working his way up.
After reading David Lean, a biography by Stephen Silverman about famed director David Lean, director of Christian's favorite film, Lawrence of Arabia, he learned that Lean attributed much of his directorial abilities to his work as an editor, where he was able to see other directors’ work in progress. Lean could also visualize the film better as a director, knowing what shots he’d eventually be using in the editing room. Inspired, Christian started editing and creating motion graphics in the mid- 90s and worked his way to commercials, music videos and narrative shorts and features. While working for Technicolor’s Creative Services division in Los Angeles, he created interactive DVD menus and games for Hollywood blockbusters like The Lion King, Kill Bill, Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and Finding Nemo, which helped him craft his visual style.
After moving to New York City in 2006, Christian finally decided to begin transitioning out of editing and graphics, and into writing and directing. His first short film, The Wine Bar, was released in 2006 and played at over 50 film festivals, winning 10 awards, including the “Filmmaker” award and “Audience” award at the 2007 DC Short Film Festival and the “Top 10 Best of Fest” at the prestigious Palm Springs Short Film Festival. Since then, Christian has directed for companies like Verizon, Blackberry, MetLife and Citigroup, and expanded his writing and directing portfolio through other short film projects.
The Twelve Films Project, Christian's most recent work, is an ambitious series of 12 short films that were shot, directed and produced during each month in 2011. The May film, Farm to Trailer, received praise in the Austin film and food communities for its look at lauded Austin chef, Bryce Gilmore and his Odd Duck Food Trailer. The July film, Charcuterie, was featured in the Huffington Post, Food & Wine and NY Magazine’s Grub Street. His November film, Local, was a thought-provoking look at the rise of the local food movement in Austin and how it’s being supported by farmers’ markets, local chefs and restaurant, and is currently being transformed into a full-length feature.
Christian’s existing passion for the culinary arts blossomed during the course of these films. He was able to take his life-long love of food and food culture and blend it into his first passion, film.
When Christian is not behind the lens, he is usually out trolling Austin, Texas, his home for the past five years, with his wife Julie, for new and interesting restaurants and food trailers. Outside of film his talents lay in the kitchen, building IKEA furniture, making a mean espresso and masterfully hijacking cars on his favorite guilty pleasure, Grand Theft Auto.