Christine Swanson earned her MFA in Film from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and was selected by its faculty as the Willard T.C. Johnson Fellow, the most prestigious fellowship given to the student who has achieved high standards in his or her work. CNN identified Christine as one of the most promising filmmakers to emerge from NYU’s graduate film program since Martin Scorsese, Ang Lee, Oliver Stone and Spike Lee (Christine’s NYU directing teacher). Christine earned a BA degree in Communications and Japanese from the University of Notre Dame.
Christine has developed, written and/or directed movie projects for HBO Films, Magnolia Pictures, State Street Pictures, TV One and Faith Filmworks. Christine received a 2015 NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Directing in a Television Motion Picture for For the Love of Ruth. She also directed three original cable movie premieres for TV One entitled, To Hell and Back starring Ernie Hudson and Vanessa Bell Calloway, For the Love of Ruth starring Denise Boutte, Loretta Devine, Gary Dourdan and James Pickens, Jr. and the TV One record breaking biopic Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story starring Teyonah Parris, Darius McCrary and Gary Dourdan.
Other award-winning projects Christine has written and/or directed in her career include: Two Seasons (winner HBO Short Film Competition, Sundance selection), All About You starring Renée Elise Goldsberry, Terron Brooks and Debbie Allen (winner Audience Choice Award Chicago International Film Festival, Grand Jury Prize Hollywood Black Film Festival, Festival Award at the Pan African Film Festival and the Film of the Year Award at The Santa Barbara African Heritage Film Series); All About Us starring Boris Kodjoe, Ryan Bathe and Ruby Dee (invited to the prestigious Heartland Film Festival, The Chicago International Film Festival and the Cannes Festival du Film Panafricain); and Woman Thou Art Loosed starring Kimberly Elise and Loretta Devine (Santa Barbara International Film Festival and Blockbuster Audience Award for Best Feature Film at the American Black Film Festival).
Christine is also a professor for the University of Georgia’s MFA Screenwriting Program and an advisor to the Film and Television program at the University of Notre Dame, her alma mater. Christine resides in Los Angeles with her husband, Michael, and their children.