Chris Brinker to be Presented Inaugural Robert Smalls Indie Vision Award

Indie filmmaker Chris Brinker will be presented the inaugural Robert Smalls Indie Vision Award at the 7th annual Beaufort International Film Festival. The award is named after the Civi War hero who rose from being a slave to a U. S. Congressman.
Chris Brinker
Chris Brinker
Jan. 22, 2013 - PRLog -- BEAUFORT, S.C. -- Indie filmmaker Chris Brinker will be presented the first ever Robert Smalls Indie Vision Award at the 7th Annual Beaufort International Film Festival being held Feb 13 - 17 in Beaufort, SC. The award will be presented by Academy Award® nominee and Emmy Winner Tom Berenger.

Chris Brinker is a filmmaker with projects in development or distribution at almost every major studio.  He started his career working as a camera assistant for award winning DPs and painting sets for brilliant production designers while working at Chanticleer Films. He gained exposure to an industry he admired and came to respect and pursue with a passion.

Chris produced several award winning short films in the early nineties and later landed a job at New Line Cinema where he was fortunate to work in the development division where he was exposed to veteran writers, directors and actors.

In 1997 Chris launched his own production shingle. That year he sold a story to Paramount Pictures and landed a two-picture deal with offices on the Paramount lot. He later sold the screenplay “The Boondock Saints” to Miramax in a bidding war and the film was produced in 1998. Chris has since produced several films (“Borough of Kings”, “Lonely Street, “The Boondock Saints II”) and developed many projects with writers, executives and studios (“Expiration Date”, “Winchester”, “Whiskey Bay”). He has nurtured artists over the years gaining a reputation as an advocate for filmmakers and has a keen understanding of story and the film business.

Chris has also developed and executive produced interactive games, mobile apps, musical soundtracks, comic books, graphic novels and general merchandise related to entertainment properties. He owns and operates a film related merchandising company. The social network for this company has over 6 million active users. He has a vast understanding of Trademark, Copyright, distribution and management of a brand and brings a wide range of experience to any film he is involved with.

Recently Chris made his directorial debut on a film entitled “Whiskey Bay” inspired by true events. The film, set in 1983, is about a cop who infiltrates a ruthless criminal enterprise after he takes down a contract killer. The film stars Matt Dillon, Willem Dafoe, Tom Berenger, Amy Smart, Neal McDonough, Kevin Chapman, Chris Marquette and Bill Duke and will be distributed by Sony in 2013.

Chris continues to pursue creative and business endeavors that inspire him.

The mission of the Beaufort International Film Festival is to enliven our community by fostering and developing a rich appreciation for the art of filmmaking. It is also an opportunity to showcase the beautiful "film-friendly" region of Beaufort and the Carolina Sea Islands. For the past quarter of a century Beaufort has served as the backdrop for more than 20 major motion pictures, to include Forrest Gump, The Big Chill, The Prince of Tides, and many more. Through this festival we hope to reintroduce our sweeping marsh vistas, antebellum homes, and quiet charm of the old south to a new generation of filmmakers.

To learn more about the Beaufort International Film Festival visit

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The Beaufort Film Society (BFS) is a nonprofit, 501(c) 3, member-supported organization, dedicated to providing the highest levels of entertainment and education to the public from all areas of the film industry.

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