His film had just opened last weekend’s First Annual Queens World Film Festival, which awarded him Honorable Mention for Short Narrative Filmmaking. This was no small feat, considering that, according to Festival Director Katha Cato, QWFF screened 121 independent films from several hundred that were submitted.
A seasoned storyteller, Ludgate grew up writing and directing in his youth. But his credits also include modeling and acting, which he said happened unexpectedly. He has since starred in a the critically acclaimed short film Door of the Law, several Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway plays and print ads. (By the way, if you’re like me and you’ve ever wondered who it is on the cover of that guilty pleasure, romance novel, it may just be him.)
Though Ludgate enjoys writing and directing the most of his crafts. Likewise, he had originally written TLP as a play and directed it on stage before easily transferring to the screen. It has since been shown at nearly a dozen state festivals where the short has earned several nominations and wins for the top awards.
- Director Christopher Ludgate with actor Russel Saylor at opening night of the Queens World Film Festival.
“I’ve always gravitated toward […] things that are provocative, and to human nature and relationships, and really getting to experience the grit of what it’s like when someone is really going through an obstacle, […] and people are relentlessly just putting wall after wall after wall up in front of them,” Ludgate explained.
This particular film resonated with the gay community who perceived it as advocating same sex marriage. According to IndieWire.com, it even earned second place in TLAgay.com’s Onlline Short Film Contest. Ludgate, however, said he intended TLP to have a wider meaning.
“It’s actually in a broader spectrum, a more universal message, which is the absurdity and the juxtaposition of government or anybody, any organization, trying to control innate and intrinsic needs of humanity,” he said.
Ludgate’s work shows his dedication to speak on behalf of social causes. He modestly revealed that he has an altruistic nature.
Saylor told me more about that. “[Chris] is involved in making the world a better place through his work in the community. He is a true artist who is determined to make a positive impact.”
Ludgate’s newest project serves that purpose. He is working on a documentary about the non-sectarian organization, God’s Love We Deliver, which provides meals with the strong belief of “food as medicine,” to those with life threatening illnesses. A member of the organization, Ludgate felt it would be a great subject for film.
Soon off for the premiere of TLP in Europe, it’ll be interesting to see the documentary and what else Christopher Ludgate will show the world next. Brimming with great potential, talent and a genuine kindness, I can only expect the best.