Bob Christie (film director)
|Occupation||Film director, producer, screenwriter|
Bob Christie is a Canadian documentary film director, born in a suburb of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He is well known for the 2009 documentary Beyond Gay: The Politics of Pride that he also co-wrote and co-produced. Christie won a great number of prizes for his work that covers the political aspects of gay pride parades and struggle for equality and fight against homophobia and discrimination, particularly in countries with great opposition to organizing of gay pride parades.
Christie studied at Simon Fraser University graduating in 1997 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in film. He won three production scholarships during his studies, and his films, one drama and one documentary, were accepted to the national student competitions at the Montreal World Film Festivals in 1995 (with The Other Thing) and 1997 (with Auntie Culture).
After graduation, Bob Christie worked in television commercial production coordinating, managing or producing over a hundred television spots. He also worked for a number of independent documentaries, short films and music videos. He also helped in co-producing many gay events such as Whistler Gay Ski Week, AIDS Walk, and Vancouver Pride and starting 2002, he directed and edited video installations, corporate, promotional and music videos.
In 2006 Christie began production on The Royal Eight a one-hour documentary about his father's family. It was awarded completion funds from the National Film Board of Canada and released early 2009. With his 2009 documentary Beyond Gay: The Politics of Pride, he has found great success and won many prizes at various gay and general film festivals. Christie is openly gay.
Bob Christie and his films have won the following prizes:
- For The Royal Eight
- 2008: National Film Board FAP Award
- For Beyond Gay: The Politics of Pride
- 2009: Jury Award for Best Documentary at Image+Nation Festival in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
- 2009: Audience Award for "Documentary" category at Atlanta Film Festival
- 2009: Best Documentary Award at Fairy Tales International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Calgary Alberta
- 2009: Best Documentary Award at Q Cinema, Fort Worth Texas
- 2009: Best Documentary Award at Reel Pride, Winnipeg Manitoba
- 2009: Jury Award for "Best Documentary Film" at Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival
- 2009: Audience Award for "Favorite Documentary" at Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival
- 2010: HBO Best Documentary Film Award at the Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
- 2010: "Best of the Festival" award at Indianapolis LGBT Film Festival
- Long feature documentaries
- 2008: The Royal Eight
- 2009: Beyond Gay: The Politics of Pride - director, co-writer, co-producer