WRITER/PRODUCER/DIRECTOR – CHRISTOPHER NOLEN
As President of Nferno Productions, the production company he founded in 1998, Christopher Nolen has created a proven brand in urban entertainment, production and distribution, by creating positive and entertaining content for minorities and global audiences as a whole. As a director, Nolen’s projects under Nferno Productions include the feature length films Deep Passion, Subtle Seduction, The Good Life, Four Seasons, 72 Hours, Zodiac Sign, For the Love of Christmas, Walk Away from Love, and the recently completed Professor Mack. Nolen is also in development on several exciting feature-length films, including Zodiac Sign 2: The Zodiac Love Doctor, Sweet Day, and I Left My Girlfriend for Regina Jones.
He is passionate about writing, directing, and producing films, and is looking to expand those talents into the world of television. Nolen has worked with some great Hollywood talent over the years namely, Robin Givens (Boomerang), Jazmin Lewis (Barbershop), Harry J. Lennix (NBC’s The Blacklist), Keith Robinson (Dreamgirls, Saints & Sinners), Christian Keyes (Saints & Sinners), Terri J. Vaughn (The Steve Harvey Show), Brian Hooks (Fool’s Gold), Tangi Miller (Felicity), Mari Morrow (The Parkers), Lisa Wu (Real Housewives of Atlanta, Hollywood Divas), Jackie Christie (Basketball Wives LA), Erica Hubbard (BET’s Let’s Stay Together), Brad James (Tyler Perry’s For Better For Worse), Robert Christopher Riley (VH1’s Hit The Floor), Timon Kyle Durrett (OWN’s Queen Sugar), Amin Joseph (Baywatch), Chyna Layne (Netflix’s She’s Gotta Have It), Brely Evans (Being Mary Jane), Noree Victoria (FX’s American Crime Story), Taja V. Simpson (Tyler Perry’s Boo 2: A Madea Halloween), Maya Gilbert-Dunbar (Banshee), Richard Gallion (Fox’s Empire), Cynda Williams (Mo’ Better Blues), Carl Payne (Martin), Caryn Ward Ross (BET’s The Game), Mel Jackson (Deliver Us From Eva), Tammy Townsend (Disney’s KC Undercover), and Tanjareen Thomas (Johnson Family Vacation).
Nolen graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana, Champaign in Electrical Engineering with a Minor in Theatre. After graduation, he went on to receive his Master’s in Mathematics from National Louis University, as well as a Master’s in Educational Administration Leadership from Governor’s State University. While receiving his degrees, Nolen taught high school and junior high in the Chicago Public School System and the South Suburban School System of Illinois. Nolen began in the industry as a model in the Chicagoland area, which quickly turned to acting, and eventually lead him to writing, producing and directing. As his interest in filmmaking grew, he enrolled in filmmaking classes, most notably with filmmaker extraordinaire, Dov Simens.
Nolen got his start directing numerous stage plays, short films, industrials, music videos, before eventually creating his own feature length films. Nolen has filmed all of his productions in the city of Chicago, and is proud he’s been able to contribute to the production revenue for the city he calls home. The success of his films has garnered him several Best Director awards. Nolen is a member of the Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers.
Christopher Nolen’s Top Five Reasons Why He Chose a Career in Film
1) Seeing my ideas to come to life
2) The world always need entertaining
3) To go to work and love what I do
4) To express real topics in today’s world
5) To encourage people in the world to go after their dreams no matter what hard obstacles they have
I was born to make movies and to entertain. I started early in my career as a model and actor. After I graduated from college I decided to start creating for myself and others and started to write, produce and direct my own content. It is the greatest feeling in the world to be able to create, entertain and see your ideas come to life on the screen.
What messages does your body of work send to you viewing audience?
I personally hope my body of work sends out positive and entertaining messages. Also, I want my body of work to send out real life messages with real life characters and situations. I would like my films to create great discussions for betterment of the world today but also make it entertaining for 90 minutes.
What’s the ideal movie/social cause would you like to see addressed on the big screen?
Great question, I am known for doing films regarding relationships, dating, marriage, friendships, family, brotherhood and sisterhood and I will continue to do those types of films. But, I would like to do a movie regarding the hard-core truth about public education. In order for our children to be correctly educated we must understand how the public educational system truly works politically. Once we understand that then we will be able to educate our children better. I am a retired teacher, coach and administrator in the public educational system for over 20 years so I have a lot to share. It would be very informational and entertaining at the same time.
What can we expect next from Christopher Nolen?
The things that are next up for me are the release of my films I’ve directed and produced entitled “For The Love of Christmas,” “Walk Away From Love,” and “Professor Mack” which will all be released this year. Also, I will be directing “Zodiac Sign 2: The Zodiac Love Doctor,” “Sweet Day,” “Pierre Jackson,” and “Professor Mack Too.” I am very excited to be able to create and entertain the world.
Walk Away From Love Trailer
For The Love of Christmas Trailer
Zodiac Sign Trailer
72 Hours Trailer
Four Seasons Trailer
The Good Life Trailer