Church Hill Productions and
Filmmaker - Thomas J. Churchill
Church Hill Productions is the official home of Thomas J. Churchill is a multi-award winning writer / producer / director and radio host who founded Church Hill Productions (CHP) in 1997.
Thomas J. Churchill is a multi-award winning filmmaker, born in Brooklyn, New York on his Mothers birthday. Thomas knew at an early age that he wanted to entertain the world. The youngest of four children to Italian/English/Irish blue collared parents. Born in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn as his family made their way into Queens (Ridgewood/Glendale) this is where Thomas would begin to plant his seeds in entertainment.
Churchill who has always had dreams of becoming an actor/director since his trip to the movies with his father at the age of seven during a screening of Star Wars (Episode IV). That coming Fall, he was a runner up for a film entitled The Champ. Although the part went to actor Ricky Schroeder this did not discourage Thomas. Years later at 15, a trip out to Hollywood, CA with his sister for a vacation- was the gasoline needed to spark up the flame of the passion already burning inside of him. It was his sophomore year in Franklin K Lane High School that it came to him, to convince his father to buy him a video camera (Full size VHS RCA camera) so he can make his vision come to life, a little project known as The War Master. The War Master, a film about two teenage cops fighting the drug problem in their neighborhood went on to win several local awards in the neighborhood. This caught the attention of several newspapers The New York Daily News, New York Newsday, The Ridgewood Times, The Queens Tribune.
Although Churchill does not credit his early years of neighborhood films such as The War Master (1988), 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), A System Devoured (1999) in his bio. But, credits the films as cutting his teeth...his schooling he likes to call them. It's the film credits that include the very pro-American war thriller - Check Point, a film he is very proud of.
Check Point- The idea of “Check Point” was something that has been with me since 1987. At one time, I wanted to be in the service. As my father, my uncles, my grandfathers...even my brother did. But, I realized it takes a special kind of person to wear the uniform and defend their country. At that time in my life, my mind drifted more to the cinema and I wanted to make movies… where people can escape their worries, their life problems and loose themselves for a bit and get caught up in the world of cinema. I had written many scripts and produced/directed a few films. But, nothing compared to where my mind would go with Check Point.
A few years ago, my nephew Stephen served this country proudly as a Marine. I remember his going away party. I observed the love and tears that was present at that party. It made me realize just how proud I am to be his Uncle. Watching my nephew with his family and friends who was about to go to Iraq to fight a War for us, proudly stepping up and about to put his life on the line for a country filled with people he had never met. Watching this made me proud to be an American.
As I worried about him across the world fighting a cause, I knew this is who he wanted to be, …a soldier, a Marine. It made me reflect about the acts of 911 and why we were fighting this war. Being a New Yorker the devastating events that took place that September morning constantly replay in my head. I understood why he wanted to enlist. Somewhere in my head I took notes of that night he was going away and stored it in my writing vault.
It was back in March of 2015, I went to visit the distributor who was handling Lazarus for a breakfast meeting about another project when he suggested that they needed a War thriller. I had mentioned a story that I had. I then pitched the Check Point story. My drive back to my apartment made me reflect on the day, the subject and the story. I wanted to write something so meaningful and real that “all” who served would be proud of this story. I wanted to write the definitive Pro-American war film. A story about heart, passion and what one would do in the name of honor. The film showcases the “What if” scenario. The courage and teamwork of strangers thrown together to defend their land. No matter the age, the gender or even the flag that you wave. I feel Check Point is that film. A film that could be a classic. A timeless tale of good versus evil. A band of brothers…each one fighting for their cause. A story of what happens when the fight comes home.
Films credits include, Check Point, the 2 time Award winning Retro-Film Noir Zombie epic LAZARUS Apocalypse (aka Lazarus: Day of the Living Dead), Samurai Cop 2, Syndicate Smasher, the 8-time award festival winning horror film The Emerging Past Director’s Cut, Mr. Hush, Devoured. The upcoming films- The Rack Pack, Nation's Fire, Marilyn: Zombie Hunter, COLD PLASTIC TV, Beautiful Nightmare, Blood & Iron, The werewolf epic-Hallow Pointe, which was featured on Monster Man.
Millions were introduced to Thomas on episode #2 of the SyFy Network’s “Monster Man”. Monster Man is a SyFy reality show, which showcased an episode of the Hallow Pointe director, Thomas J. Churchill in “The Forbidden Werewolf”. The show 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. For more than thirty years, when studios want a bizarre creature or out-of-this world alien, they've turned to Roy's team and their very unique family business. Only the horrifying monsters they build match the craziness of this extremely talented family. SOTA FX which did the effects for Hollywood Apocalypse aka Lazarus: Day of the Living Dead, as well as the behind the creature effects for the promo trailer for "Hallow Pointe" currently is signed on to work on Marilyn: Zombie Hunter. Monster Man is currently running in some South American countries and throughout the world. This will mark the 3rd time SOTA and Churchill have worked together.