A uniquely independent movie, CHANNELS is remarkable for being funny, almost in an old fashioned way, while being utterly romantic and pointedly profound all at once.
The story about a guy who is pretty much not feeling very alive, but comes to life whenever he sees his favorite female character on a nighttime TV series, grabbed my heart.
Impeccably directed by writer/director, Nat Christian, the movie starts slow, then deliberately increases in pacing and energy, picking up momentum, culminating in a bittersweet ending that deeply touched my heart. This was a sophisticated approach that never talked down to its audience.
The visuals, supplied by cameraman, Michael Hardwick with production design by Dolores Piazza, fit right in with the romantic feel. Duane Condor gives us very nice visual effects. A cool song was written by Daryl Orenge (music) and Christian (lyrics).
The cast is beautiful. Starting with Kim Oja as "Katherine." Oja brings an honest and sensible approach to her role as both Katherine and "Janet" in this movie. We liked watching her.
Christian plays "Black Racklin" with a remarkable truth, a naturalness, and he is a compelling presence on the screen.
Comic actor, Taylor Negron delivers a surprisingly serious turn as an artsy character, while character actor, John Kassir brings his usual well crafted skills as a Hollywood insider.
Ed Asner is fantastic, playing it strong and funny.
Joan Van Ark not only looks terrific, but delivers a great performance as well.
There is an energy out in the independent world. A new creative energy - thoughtful and philosophical. CHANNELS is one of those movies.