Award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter Christine Evans is currently shooting an independent feature film under the working title of Black And Blue in Los Angeles, California. Evans has the starring role of Amber in the production, which marks her debut big-screen role as she crosses over to the film world to build an acting career parallel to her life in music.
An early 2009 release is anticipated for the film, which is produced by Tim Swain and directed by Jill Maxcy from a script by Liz Maccie. A gritty coming-of-age story with a strong musical thread guiding its narrative, Black And Blue blends the darkness of Thirteen with the transcendent hopefulness of Once.
The film centers on the story of Evans’ character Amber, a teenager from a troubled home in Tucson — her mother is struggling with drugs and suicide attempts. Amber is sent to Los Angeles to live with her uncle, but finds that atmosphere equally destructive. With nowhere else to turn, she goes out on the streets of downtown L.A., and forges a bond with four other homeless kids living in an abandoned warehouse.
Amber and her friends play music together and busk for change on a city promenade. She discovers an old-school record store near the promenade run by Billy, a veteran blues guitarist now in his sixties. As a result of his own personal turmoil, Billy has been hiding out for decades, but a connection with Amber draws him out. He helps her with her music, becomes a mentor, and steers her and her friends towards a better future in a turn of events that proves redemptive for all.
As a music artist, Christine Evans first emerged during her early teen years from the thriving Vancouver Island scene that’s also produced Nelly Furtado and Diana Krall. Evans won Album of the Year for her second CD Push at Vancouver’s 2007 Island Music Awards and Best Video at the Gospel Music Association of Canada’s 2007 Covenant Awards for the edgy video for “Push.” A rising star in contemporary Christian music, Evans co-produced the album with veteran producer Tom Hall, and scored a Canadian #1 Christian radio hit with “Break Me.”
Christine Evans is represented in the U.S. by Showdown Management, whose clients include the breakout band Paramore. Her latest recording, the alt-rock skewed EP Standing On The Edge, was just released in Canada and was produced by multi-Dove Award winner Matt Bronleewe (Natalie Imbruglia, Jars of Clay, Michael W. Smith).
Christine Evans still makes her home near Victoria, B.C.
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