This episode we interview writer, producer, and director Thomas J. Churchill.
About Thomas J. Churchill:
he Steps Daddy, The Amityville Harvest, Big Freaking Rat, The Hard Way, Nation’s Fire, Xenophobia, The Rack Pack, Checks Point, The Emerging Past, Lazarus: Apocalypse, Mr. Hush, and Devoured. A multi-award-winning writer, director, producer who founded Church Hill Productions, Churchill was born in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn, raised in Queens, New York.
Churchill was a runner up for a film entitled, The Champ. Although the part went to actor Rick Schroeder, this did not discourage Churchill. It was his sophomore year in High School when he convinced his father to buy him a full-sized VHS video camera so he could make his vision come to life. The War Master, a film about two teenage cops fighting the drug problem in their neighborhood went on to win several local awards. Churchill convinced a few local video stores to carry his films as rentals to the neighborhood. Several newspapers The New York Daily News, New York Newsday, The Ridgewood Times and The Queens Tribune carried stories on Churchill. He went on to write/produce and direct other neighborhood films such as; Intrigue: The War Master (1989, a follow-up and another award-winning film), The Fear of Pain (1990, his first-ever Horror film), Emerging Past (1991 concept version) and A Distant Society (1994, his first Drama) These films taught him how to tell a story and most of all how to start something and finish it. Churchill would test his skills once again with another version of The War Master. This was the biggest budget of all the so-called neighborhood films. A System Devoured aka Devoured put Churchill through the test of being creative utilizing a very low budget. He entered it in the New York City Independent International Film Festival and won Best Video in 1999. Besides, millions of viewers tuned in to watch Churchill on The SyFy Network’s Monster Man, a reality show that showcased Churchill in episode #2 titled - The Forbidden Werewolf.