Award winning director, writer, actress Christina Beck began her career as a punk rock teenager acting in cult films such as Suburbia, Boys Next Door, and Dudes all directed by Penelope Spheeris. She studied at Playwright’s Horizons in New York City forming an all-female theatre company, POW (Power of Women) productions, and wrote, produced and starred in “From the Heart” premiering at the Samuel Beckett Theatre.
After writing, directing and acting in numerous Los Angeles theatre productions, Christina wrote and starred in her first short film, DISCO MAN, followed by the noir comedy, BLOW ME, which screened in the New York, Chicago, and Seattle Underground Film Festivals. Christina was one of the few women accepted into Fox Searchlight’s new director’s program, Search Lab, where she directed, wrote and starred in the short film version of her feature film script, SLICE, which screened in Cannes.
Her feature screenplay Slice, now titled PERFECTION, was one of five contenders for the IFP Best Screenplay Award, part of the IFP market, selected for the IFP rough cut labs in New York, winner of The Adrienne Shelly female directing grant, and chosen to be IFP’s “Spotlight Screening” of the year sponsored by Time Warner and SAG indie. Perfection ran the festival circuit where Christina won Best Actor and Best Narrative feature at the Oxford Film Festival. Perfection also screened at the San Francisco International Women’s Film Festival, the USA Film Festival, The Rio Cinema in London, The Quad Cinema in NYC, and Laemmle’s Monica Film Center in Santa Monica, CA.
Christina is co-founder of The Female Filmmaking Collective and a member of Alliance of Women Directors. She currently teaches filmmaking at Loyola Marymount University and screenwriting at The Lee Strasberg Institute in Los Angeles. Christina has sat on the juries for The Feminist Film Festival, London, The South Eastern European Film Festival, The 100 Word Festival in Charlotte, NC. and The USA Film Festival, Dallas.
Upcoming projects include Expecting Grace a series set in Marseilles, France, the feature film, Hancock Park and a punk rock pilot based on her teenage years in LA titled, Poseur.