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CHRISTOPHER MALINOWSKI was born in Wilmington, Delaware in 1969. As a child, Chris was ensconced in music, as his father was a multi-instrumentalist who owned a small teaching studio where Chris eventually found employment as a guitar instructor in his teens. During this time, Chris performed and recorded with numerous bands including Freakshow, a heavy metal outfit, and The Absurd, a surrealist-inspired rock act. In the mid-1990s, Chris attended Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Cinema and Photography. At Ithaca, he wrote and directed a number of avant-garde, 16-millimeter films including Metz Commited, The Celestial Self, and Son of a Fishlicker. For the former, he won Ithaca’s Gustav Award for Filmmaking. In addition, he earned Ithaca’s Screenwriting Award for a body of scripts he developed at the school. Further, he composed the feature-length script Hypnagogia before completing internship work in Los Angeles. While in California, he worked as a set/office production assistant on Don Coscarelli’s Phantasm IV: Oblivion and as a sound post-production assistant on Martin Campbell’s Mask of Zorro.
Returning home in 1998, Chris formed THE COLLINGWOOD, a cinema score-oriented, rock/soul band. He also became engrossed in still photography, furthered a lifelong obsession with running, and crafted two feature-length screenplays, Post-Production and Luck Story and a Trail of That. In July of 2005, Chris wrote and directed the 16-millimeter, experimental featurette "Alms," You Say. Chris acted in the film, composed the score, and co-edited the picture with Ben Whitten of Madhouse/NYC in Manhattan. In December of 2009, for the final viewing of the film, Chris presented a director’s Q & A screening at the Echo Park Film Center in Los Angeles.
Chris has written and recorded four albums with The Collingwood: Why Cough? Save., Sylvester to the Bzz Myapp Accompaniment, The Pitter-Patter of Little Everything, and, most recently, the Yes, Your Tide is Cold and Dark, Sir. Feature Film Soundtrack. In addition, he directed the band's music videos Fuck Yeah, Hollywood! (Buongiorno, Denise Richards.) and White Deer.
In June of 2011, Chris partnered with local entrepreneur/business magnate Alan Burkhard, who agreed to executive produce Chris’s feature-length existentialist drama Yes, Your Tide is Cold and Dark, Sir.. In pre-production for the piece, Chris formed Myatin Filmworks, LLC and assembled 17 countrywide production crew, 57 cast, and over 25 Lewes and Rehoboth Beach, Delaware shooting locations. Here, cast and crew lived and worked for 27 production days during November and December of 2011. Again, Chris directed the film and played the lead role. Colby Bartine edited the film over the course of one year, with Chris scoring to picture. Yes, Your Tide... was an official selection at the Chain Film Festival in New York City, where it won the Most Original Ideas award, Timecode: NOLA Film Festival in New Orleans, the London International Film Festival, where it was nominated for Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress (Chrissy Tackett), and Best Supporting Actor (Michael McFadden), the Wilmington Film Festival, and the Costa Rica International Film Festival. Malinowski promoted and screened the film at the American Film Market in Santa Monica, California in November of 2013. Yes, Your Tide... is available for streaming and download on Amazon.com. The feature film soundtrack of the film is available on iTunes and Spotify. Currently, Chris is in pre-production for his follow-up feature The Last Time I Saw You Blessed, to be shot in Rehoboth Beach and Lewes, Delaware. Actor GREGORY TIGANI is executive producing the film.
Enterpriser ALAN BURKHARD has founded, operated, and helmed an array of businesses over the past 35 years including Placers Staffing Solutions (now a CBI Group Company), Independent Disposal Systems, and the restaurants Kid Shelleen’s and Klondike Kate’s, which he co-owns and runs with business partner Bruce Georgov. Burkhard resides with his family in Fair Hill, Maryland.