|Member Profile: Christina Eliopoulos
A working journalist at 19, Christina Eliopoulos had her first byline in Newsday, and a year later, while still a full time student at New York University, became a stringer and intern for the sister papers of the Los Angeles Times/Washington Post News service. That same year she wrote a series of articles for the news wire entitled The War Within, a comprehensive look at the psychological traumas associated with the survivors of war and the systemic inadequacies of the Veterans Administration in treating them. For these articles, she was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize/The Gold Medal Public Service Award (1989). Continuing as a journalist and filmmaker, Christina consulted on a CBS special documentary entitled The Wall Within, which followed the lives of five veterans, recovering through special therapies designed for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
With three Super 8 cameras rescued from garbage bins and garage sales, Ms. Eliopoulos pursued her own independent study in filmmaking, creating experimental cinema diaries and documentary shorts. She has worked in the commercial arena for the advertising agencies, Fallon and Ogilvy & Mather, directing brand films, industrials and promotional shorts for clients as diverse as Free Arts for Abused Children, American Express and Yahoo.
In November 2007, she completed her first documentary feature, Greetings from Asbury Park which documents her family's struggle with eminent domain abuse and chronicles a controversial plan that attempts to redevelop the once great seaside resort and postcard paradise. The film was awarded Best Documentary at the New Jersey International Film Festival (June 2008) and recently screened at Anthology Film Archives in New York City, as part of the New Filmmakers Series.
Ms. Eliopoulos, in collaboration with her producing partner Ken Barrows and their company Plasticville Films, recently completed a documentary short, Northlandz: The World According to Bruce, which chronicles one man's desire to build the world's largest model railroad.
Presently, she is filming Demon On Wheels, a documentary feature film that traces the unique history, legend and lore of the iconic American muscle car, the 1968 Shelby Mustang GT 500 KR, reuniting the man who built the car, racing legend Carroll Shelby, with Mike Ondish, a young man who raced his Shelby through the sleepy Catskills hamlets at 200 mph. The film follows the restoration of the car and Ondish's desire to race the car at Watkins Glen International Speedway.
Christina resides in New Jersey with her husband, Ken, and their 13-year old daughter, Elena, an aspiring animator.
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Last updated: Feb. 18, 2010