[Video] Thomas J. Churchill Discusses His Career
I’m pretty sure Thomas J. Churchill is no stranger around these parts, but just on the off-chance you need a little reminder, Churchill has starred in a slew of horror films such as Mr. Hush, Lazarus: Apocalypse, and A System Devoured to name but a few. But, Churchill ain’t done with just that, this dude writes, directs, hosts a radio show and is the CEO of the production company Church Hill Productions.
He is a beast, and as such, the extremely talented and beautiful Dawna Lee Heising, recently caught up with Churchill for the Time Warner Cable show Eye On Entertainment, where he discussed his career and we have that video below for you guys to check out.
His latest film, Check Point, which he wrote, directed and starred in is set to be unleashed this Spring in theatres and it stars some awesome horror veterans such as Kane Hodder and Tyler Mane as well as William Forsythe and former WWE/WCW wrestler Bill Goldberg.
Churchill is also set to unleash a new horror flick entitled Marilyn: Zombie Hunter, and you can check more of that out over at their official Facebook page.
From the Press Release:
Multi-talented, award winning filmmaker Thomas J. Churchill was interviewed by Dawna Lee Heising for the television show Eye on Entertainment on Time Warner Cable about his highly successful career. Churchill, a writer, producer, director, actor and radio host, is the founder and CEO of Church Hill Productions, and most recently lent his talents to authoring, producing and directing “Check Point”. “Check Point” stars William Forsythe, Kane Hodder, Fred Williamson and Mel Novak, and will be released to theaters across the country in Spring 2016. Churchill played Roger Takahara in Gregory Hatanaka’s “Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance from Cinema Epoch. Churchill has an upcoming slate of films that he will be producing and directing, including “Nation’s Fire”, “Marilyn: Zombie Hunter”, “Blood and Iron” and “Beautiful Nightmare”.
Churchill has also written, produced and directed the eight-time award-winning feature film “The Emerging Past Director’s Cut”, “Lazarus: Apocalypse” and numerous other feature films. “Lazarus: Apocalypse” was voted Best Horror Film at the New York City International Film Festival and featured a performance by Churchill as Mammon Beelzebub.
Born in Brooklyn, New York on his Mother’s birthday, Churchill had dreams of becoming an actor/director since his trip to the movies with his father at the age of seven to view “Star Wars (Episode IV.” However, it was during his sophomore year at Franklin K Lane High School that Churchill convinced his father to buy him a video camera (full size VHS RCA camera). Churchill’s first film was “The War Master,” a film about two teenage cops fighting the neighborhood drug problem. “War Master” went on to win several local awards, and Churchill then convinced a few local video stores to carry the film. When rentals followed, several newspapers, including The New York Daily News, New York Newsday, Ridgewood Times and Queens Tribune, all carried stories on Churchill.
“Most people never finish a project, they usually run out of their budget midway through”, Churchill was quoted saying in one of his articles. “I pushed myself…if you are going to start something, you need to finish it”.
Churchill was seen by millions on the SyFy Network’s “Monster Man” a reality show, which showcased an episode of the director. The episode was titled “The Forbidden Werewolf”, and featured the special effects of Roy Knyrim, Cleve Hall and the SOTA FX team. “Monster Man” goes behind the scenes of one of Hollywood’s most respected monster prop building workshops, SOTA FX. Churchill teamed up again with Roy Knyrim and his SOTA FX company to handle the effects for “Lazarus: Apocalypse,” which also won best make-up at The New York City International Film Festival. The trio will be collaborating for a third time to make “Marilyn: Zombie Hunter.”