CJ Wallis

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CJ Wallis
Born
Charles Christian Wallis

(1981-02-23) February 23, 1981 (age 38)
NationalityCanadian
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter, producer
Years active2006–present
WebsiteFortyFPS.com

CJ Wallis is a Canadian director from Vancouver, British Columbia. In 2018, Wallis released three feature films, BB, Perfect Bid: The Contestant Who Knew Too Much & The Fiddling Horse

Early life[edit]

  • Wallis was born on February 23, 1981 to Chuck & Maggie Wallis.
  • After 15 years as a hockey goaltender at junior & national ranks, Wallis left to pursue a career in film.

1990s[edit]

  • Based on some writing samples, Wallis received an interview in New York City for Late Night with Conan O'Brien.
  • Co-Founded an online resource for Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson called "Cigarettes & Coffee" (which was re-branded as "Cigarettes & Red Vines")
  • Worked as a director's assistant helping to execute every step of a million dollar feature for four years alongside filmmaker Scott Smith on his award-winning picture Rollercoaster

2000s[edit]

Circumference (2006)[edit]

  • Selected from over 80 pitches to win a slot on the prestigious Canadian film contest Crazy 8s with challenges selected film-makers to create a short film entirely within 8 days, with a total budget of $800 and with a raw-footage restriction of 30 minutes total. The result is a 10-minute single shot film called Circumference,[1] which involves many characters, location changes and times of year that all end up back at the same place it started. Wallis became the first filmmaker in the contest's eight-year history to complete and submit a short film and music video within the rules of the contest.

969 MTV/Razer (2006-2007)[edit]

  • 969 was an hour long, Monday to Friday youth programming show on MTV
  • Started as a junior producer responsible for 1 segment a week and within 3 months was directing the show and producing 3 segments a week.
  • In 2007, the show won the Leo Award for Best Youth Programming.

Last Flowers (2009)[edit]

  • The William Morris Agency met with Wallis to discuss upcoming projects. Within a month of this meeting, Wallis was on the set of his second short film Last Flowers which starred frequent collaborator Joseph May and Sarah Slean. The short screened in festivals across the world and was nominated by the Leo Awards in the "Best Screenplay in a Short Drama" and "Best Actor in a Lead Role" categories.

Nokia (2010)[edit]

  • Nokia had Wallis create two projects shot completely with their cel-phones. The first was a one-minute short featuring Connor Stanhope shot on a Nokia N-8 cel-phone. Based off the success of the previous ad, Nokia sent Wallis to Miami to shoot the Transformers 3 premiere with Michael Bay and Tyrese using a C-7 model phone.

Jet Life Recordings (2011-2018)[edit]

  • Jet Life manager Mousa Hamdan invited Wallis down to Los Angeles to film a Curren$y concert "Rock The Bells", after the show ended Curren$y broke his ankle a month before a 60-day tour featuring Method Man & Big K.R.I.T..
  • The edit from the day "Trust Fall" featured marked the invention of embedding tweets-as-narrative and was radically different than previous vlog clips produced for the label. Shortly after, Wallis was named "President Of Jet Life Films" and invited onto The Smoker's Club tour.
  • Wallis is responsible for most of the video, design & marketing for the label.
  • Directed over 75+ music videos and 14 hours of film-quality documentary footage chronicling the day-to-day life of Curren$y & The Jets, most notably the JetFlix series which debuted on Pitchfork.[2]

Revolver (2015)[edit]

  • Curren$y recorded five records in one night over music produced by Wiz Khalifa producer Sledgren. Wallis wrote and produced an original short film which uses the music and the lyrics to craft an original crime film showing the darker side of New Orleans street life. The film is narrated by Fiend and features Cornerboy P, DJ Duffey, Mr Marcelo, Mousa Hamdan, TY, Young Juve and Lil Soulja Slim in co-starring roles.

BB (2014-2018)[edit]

  • During limited off-time, Wallis wrote and produced the self-financed thriller "BB" which the film-maker intentionally selected first-time actors and performed the majority of the film's tasks himself.
  • The film follows a hard-edged girl named Leah Lamont, played by Jennifer Mae, turns to the world of web-cam modelling to help her girlfriend get money for a plane ticket to Romania to see her ailing family while an obsessed fan named Hal Bowman, played by Kristian Hanson, is planning a surprise of his own.
  • The film features a soundtrack including Curren$y, Wiz Khalifa, B Real, Lil Wayne, Cornerboy P, Hayley Richman, Rykka, 3d Na'tee
  • Synk Films has bought the US distribution rights and will be releasing the film in Spring 2018.

Perfect Bid: The Contestant Who Knew Too Much (2017-2018)[edit]

  • The documentary explores how Texas math teacher Ted Slauson became adept at recording and memorizing prices of products featured on The Price Is Right since its inception in 1972, culminating in him helping a contestant place a perfect bid during a 2008 Showcase Showdown, and ending in one of the biggest controversies in game show history as covered by Time, Esquire, TMZ and more. The film features 36-year show producer Roger Dobkowitz and television legend Bob Barker. The film won "Best Documentary" at the Orlando Film Festival on October 25, 2017.[3]
  • The film was acquired by Gravitas Ventures [4] and will release the film worldwide on May 8, 2018 [5]

The Fiddling Horse (2018)[edit]

  • A dark comedy about a woman named Leslie Heart who inherits a horse and, in an attempt to elevate her failing status within her high society circle, trains it to race while secretly executing a long-con with an ex celebrity jockey. Produced by Mallory Kennedy and CJ Wallis

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Career[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Type Role Featuring
2018 The Fiddling Horse Feature Director, Camera Operator, Producer, Editor, Mix, Marketing Andy Kindler Paula Lindberg Alley Mills J Elvis Weinstein Heather Matarazzo Orsen Bean Billy Mitchell
2018 Perfect Bid: The Contestant Who Knew Too Much Feature Director, Camera Operator, Animation, Producer, Editor, Mix, Marketing Ted Slauson, Bob Barker, Roger Dobkowitz, Kevin Pollak
2017 BB Feature Writer, Director, Camera Operator, Producer, Editor, Mix, Marketing Jennifer Mae, Kristian Hanson, Victoria Fox
2009 Last Flowers Short Writer, Director, Producer, Editor, Marketing Joseph May, Sarah Slean
2006 Circumference Short Writer, Director, Producer, Editor, Marketing William MacDonald, Joseph May

Television[edit]

Year Title Type Role Featuring
2007 969 Daily Youth Television, MTV Writer, Director, Producer, Editor Chris Van Vliet, Lauren Toyota, Joel Herrod

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist Album
2016 "Dope Boys" [7] Curren$y & Rick Ross
2016 "Intermission Part 2" Cornerboy P
2016 "Six Figures" Cornerboy P
2016 "The Mack Book" Curren$y [8] The Carrollton Heist
2016 "I'll Be Your Crime" Hayley Richman Internet Single
2015 "Friday The 13th" Cornerboy P
2015 "Keepin Lean" Cornerboy P
2015 "Regal Music" Cornerboy P
2015 "Wedding Ring" Cornerboy P & Curren$y
2015 "Winners Neva Lose" Cornerboy P
2015 "All Wit My Hands" Curren$y [9] Canal Street Confidential
2015 "Superstar" Curren$y & Ty Dolla Sign [10] Canal Street Confidential
2015 "Boulders" Curren$y Canal Street Confidential
2015 "Winning" Curren$y & Wiz Khalifa [11] Canal Street Confidential
2015 "Lowriders At The Nightshow" Curren$y Canal Street Confidential Freestyle Series
2015 "Jason" Curren$y Canal Street Confidential Freestyle Series
2015 "Cars" Curren$y
2015 "Rhymes Like Weight" Curren$y
2015 "Sidewalk Show" Curren$y
2015 "Intro" Mr. Marcelo OgLuvDatOg3
2015 "Round My Way" T.Y. Son Of A Gangsta 2
2015 "Young Ballers" T.Y. Son Of A Gangsta 2
2014 "Cassette Deck" Cornerboy P Don P
2014 "AD 4" Curren$y
2014 "$ Migraine" Curren$y & Le$
2014 "Break Bread" Roddy
2014 "Certified" Roddy
2014 "While The Gettin Good" Roddy & Curren$y
2013 "Box Chevy" Cornerboy P
2013 "Holy Water" Cornerboy P
2013 "New Jet City" Curren$y New Jet City
2013 "Kingpin" Curren$y Internet SIngle
2013 "These Bitches" Curren$y & French Montana New Jet City
2013 "Living For The City" Curren$y New Jet City
2013 "Mary" Curren$y [12] New Jet City
2013 "Molly Gras Intro" Dee Low
2013 "Know What It's Like" Fiend
2013 "I Know What I'm Doin" Roddy
2013 "504 Radio" Roddy & 3D Na'Tee
2013 "This One" Roddy
2012 "15 Rackz" Cornerboy P
2012 "Lighter Please" Cornerboy P
2012 "Biscayne Bay" Curren$y Cigarette Boats EP
2012 "WOH" Curren$y & Styles P Cigarette Boats EP
2012 "Leaving The Dock" Curren$y Cigarette Boats EP
2012 "Showroom" Curren$y The Stoned Immaculate
2012 "Capitol" Curren$y & 2 Chainz [13] The Stoned Immaculate
2012 "Fast Cars, Faster Women" Curren$y & Daz Dillinger The Stoned Immaculate
2012 "What It Look Like" Curren$y & Wale The Stoned Immaculate
2012 "Livin'" Curren$y
2012 "What Da Fuck x Cruiselife" Curren$y
2012 "Christmas Tree (Lit)" Fiend
2012 "Mirror" Fiend
2012 "Champagne" Fiend & Curren$y
2012 "The Plot" Roddy
2012 "My War" The Scarlet Ending
2011 "Fade Away" Cornerboy P & Trademark & Dee Low
2011 "The Stitch-Up of Bloody Maryr" Elective Internet Single
2011 "Blackie" Rykka Kodiak
2011 "The Rose" Sarah Slean The Baroness Redecorates
2010 "Bothered At All" Malcolm & The Moonlight Internet Single
2010 "Exactly What You Want" The Scarlet Ending Ghosts
2010 "Phoenix" The Scarlet Ending Ghosts
2010 "Epiphany (Live)" The Scarlet Ending Ghosts
2010 "Sinner (Live)" The Scarlet Ending Ghosts
2009 "Angel Lust" Fake Shark - Real Zombie! Meeting People Is Terrible
2006 "Sad Girl Radio" The Awkward Stage Heaven Is For Easy Girls
2006 "Misguided" Marnie Mains

Collaborations[edit]

Year Title Type Role Featuring
2009-2011 American Mary [14] Feature Producer (uncredited), Marketing & Development. Katharine Isabelle
2007-2010 Dead Hooker in a Trunk [15] Feature Lead actor, Editor, Camera Operation, All Post-Production, Score Jen Soska, Sylvia Soska, Rikki Gagne, CJ Wallis

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • 2017 - "Best Documentary Feature" - Orlando Film Festival (WINNER, "Perfect Bid", CJ Wallis)
  • 2016 - "Best Director Of The Year" - NOLA Hip Hop Awards (Nominated, CJ Wallis)
  • 2015 - "Best Director Of The Year" - NOLA Hip Hop Awards (Nominated, CJ Wallis)
  • 2015 - "Best Video Of The Year" - NOLA Hip Hop Awards (Nominated, "Round My Way" - T.Y.)
  • 2011 - "Best Music Video Of The Year" - Leo Awards (WINNER, "The Rose" - Sarah Slean) [16]
  • 2009 - "Best Screenwriting in Short Drama" - Leo Awards (Nominated, Last Flowers)
  • 2006 - "Best Youth or Children's Program or Series" - Leo Awards (WINNER, "969") [17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0823642
  2. ^ http://pitchfork.com/news/52472-watch-currenys-tour-documentary-jetflix/
  3. ^ https://www.facebook.com/OrlandoFilmFest/posts/1924233724268337
  4. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6854248/companycredits
  5. ^ https://twitter.com/fortyfps/status/961642788126429185
  6. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8115798
  7. ^ http://www.xxlmag.com/video/2016/07/currensy-rick-ross-dope-boys-video/
  8. ^ "Curren$y & The Alchemist "The Mack Book" Video". HotNewHipHop. 26 February 2016. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  9. ^ "Curren$y "All Wit My Hands" Video". HotNewHipHop. 25 December 2015. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  10. ^ "Curren$y And Ty Dolla $ign Can Turn A Woman Into A "Superstar" In New Video". Vibe. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  11. ^ "Faux What You Talmbout: Curren$y And Wiz Khalifa Are "Winning" In New Video". Vibe. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  12. ^ "Curren$y "Mary" Video". HotNewHipHop. 12 February 2013. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  13. ^ "Curren$y – "Capitol" Video (Feat. 2 Chainz)". Stereogum. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  14. ^ "CJ Wallis – Dead Hooker in a Trunk and American Mary (Interview)". Retrieved 22 May 2016.
  15. ^ "IFC Midnight picks up Dead Hooker in a Trunk for limited theatrical and VOD release". joblo.com. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  16. ^ "Leo Awards, 2011 Winners By Program".
  17. ^ "Leo Awards, 2007 Winners By Program".

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