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A high profile Hollywood film producer becomes transfixed with a beautiful soap opera character who inexplicably emerges from his television set and beckons him to take one final shot at living life on his own terms. Black Racklin has all the respect, money, and success that one could hope for in life, yet despite all of this he remains emotionally suffocated by the pressures of his job. Each night when he closes his eyes, Black is haunted by dreams of a passing train, and a mysterious traveler who urges him to ...
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A high profile Hollywood film producer becomes transfixed with a beautiful soap opera character who inexplicably emerges from his television set and beckons him to take one final shot at living life on his own terms. Black Racklin has all the respect, money, and success that one could hope for in life, yet despite all of this he remains emotionally suffocated by the pressures of his job. Each night when he closes his eyes, Black is haunted by dreams of a passing train, and a mysterious traveler who urges him to hop aboard - and each night Black fails to take that decisive leap. The only time that Black is able to find peace is when he's sitting at home and mindlessly channel-surfing, until one night when he comes across a bizarre soap opera. Bewitched by a beautiful character named Katherine, Black is dumbfounded when she magically appears in his living room and the two fall instantly in love. Now faced with the decision to finally leap on that passing train or snap himself back to reality, Black must finally make the decision that will define the rest of his life.
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Special Features

Ed Asner interview; Director's commentary; Deleted scenes & outtakes; Photo gallery; Interview with composer Rossand Galante
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/22/2008
  • UPC: 658769810134
  • Original Release: 2008
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  • Source: Vanguard Cinema
  • Time: 1:47:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ed Asner
Kim Oja
Nat Christian
Taylor Negron
John Kassir
Joan Van Ark
Technical Credits
Nat Christian Director, Editor, Producer, Screenwriter
Duane Conder Editor
Rossano Galante Score Composer
Michael Hardwick Cinematographer
Ann Marcus Executive Producer
Karen Perry Costumes/Costume Designer
Dolores Piazza Production Designer
Jean Scoccimarro Casting
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Channels
1. Chapter 1 [6:29]
2. Chapter 2 [6:06]
3. Chapter 3 [11:43]
4. Chapter 4 [9:37]
5. Chapter 5 [4:50]
6. Chapter 6 [6:35]
7. Chapter 7 [16:17]
8. Chapter 8 [4:37]
9. Chapter 9 [7:46]
10. Chapter 10 [7:28]
11. Chapter 11 [14:23]
12. Chapter 12 [10:58]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Channels
   Play Movie
      Play Movie Without Commentary
      Play Movie With Commentary
   Scene Selection
   Extras
      Ed Asner Interview
      Rossano Galante Interview
      Outtakes
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Light hearted carrying a big punch

    Cool stuff happens here. Some light-hearted comedy, infectious romance, and then some interesting things to think about.

    A really good script and interesting actors are embedded in Channels. The direction by Nat Christian (also the writer) is excellent, creating a fun romantic mood while infusing some deep personal thoughts. He cast his actors with an eye on talent, using such talents as Ed Asner, Joan Van Ark, John Kassir and Taylor Negron.

    Nat Christian plays "Black", a guy who must make a decision on love or or logic. He is a superb actor, very real, and is interesting to follow. Km Oja, the co-lead delivers some very funny moments in a dual role. Would like to see more comedy from this talented actress.

    The music was very cool. Composed by Rossano Galante.

    Very, very cool.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Moving and affecting

    Our Valentine treat was to watch this movie. Romance, lots of kissing, great visuals, great music, funny stuff, more romance, and then... POW! An existential musing seductively enters the scenario and it got us thinking.<BR/><BR/>Actors Kim Oja and Nat Christian glimmer in CHANNELS, which is about a man who doesn't feel very alive, although he is very busy in life. The only thing that has put any spark in his life has been a character that appears on a TV series. One night, she mysteriously appears in his apartment. While trying to figure it all out, they fall in love. At one point, she basically says that it doesn't matter whether or not things make "sense", and that if they believe in their situation and their love, then that is "real." He is almost there, but he pauses. That's when the suspense is ratcheted up a bit.<BR/><BR/>Nat Christian is a cool actor. Always honest. You can read his feelings through his subtle actions. He trusts the camera and his audience. Kim Oja performs the demanding task of playing two characters, quite different than each other, superbly. <BR/><BR/>John Kassir and Taylor Negron are excellent in their roles as Hollywood types. So are Ed Asner and Joan Van Ark, who lend their great talents to this movie.<BR/><BR/>Christian also directed CHANNELS. He not only put together a wonderful ensemble of actors, but obviously provided a space for them to shine creatively. And they do. The tempo of the movie and the blending of the philosophical with the zany was done expertly by Christian. The muscial score by Rossano Galante is affecting.<BR/><BR/>We had a great time watching this and talked about it for awhile.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    A voice is heard

    A reader's review from the NY Times wrote:<BR/><BR/>I loved this movie first for its original voice.<BR/><BR/>Writer-director-actor Nat Christian delivers this vision with his unique charm and style.<BR/><BR/>The story is about a man, who is about to cross a bridge in his career, but seems pretty bored with life. He goes home everyday and channel surfs, and then seems to come alive whenever he sees a certain character on a TV show. One night, she actually appears in his living room. They fall in love.<BR/><BR/>Director, Christian, craftily pilots us through the beginning with fun and romance, and then infuses an intriguing conflict where our two leads must choose between listening to their hearts or their brains.<BR/><BR/>As the main character, Christian expresses himself with a keen and potently honest performance. Up front, his character is kind of lifeless, somewhat wooden, at first, until love enters his life. Christian subtly grows more animated as the relationship grows. It's not one of those changes that happens between a scene and the very next scene, but a brilliantly nuanced and gradual transition.<BR/><BR/>His character's love interest is wonderfully played by the talented Kim Oja, who actually acts in two separate roles. Oja demonstrates her lovely gift for comedy as well as being romantic and very vulnerable throughout. Oja and Christian have a good romantic chemistry on the screen.<BR/><BR/>In supporting roles, Ed Asner graces the movie with his never ending talent. He plays it tough, and beautifully lines his character with a bit of tragic-comedy. Joan Van Ark, who looks marvelous, also plays a tough and strong character, yet exudes vulnerability. Veteran voice over actor, John Kassir, is perfect as a Hollywood agent. Taylor Negron gives an honest an real performance. Chris Shiffrin is funny in a hilarious silent bit, and Gil Glascow plays an endearing engineer. The whole ensemble worked very well in this.<BR/><BR/>The "look" and feel of the movie compliments the story line. The very nice cinematography by Michael Hardwick and visual effects by Duane Condor are highly romantic. A song written by Daryl Orenge (music) and Christian (lyrics) is pretty catchy. And the score by Rossano Galante is sweepingly romantic.<BR/><BR/>If the trend in movies is to move on from traditional Hollywood story lines, it would be fine with me.<BR/><BR/>CHANNELS seems to be a part of that trend.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Tender and poetic

    Channels is touching. Surprisingly, after it was over, I found myself inspired to think about opportunities that come into our lives and how we probably try too hard to make the right moves.

    Nat Christian gives a purely honest performance and is quite intriguing to watch. His love interest is played by Kim Oja, who is also a very talented performer. Oja plays two roles with conviction. Together, they create a desirable chemistry. Christian also helms as director and writer, and paints this lovely story with style. Actors, Ed Asner, John Kassir, Taylor Negron and Joan Van Ark give very good performances.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    An imaginative concept, interestingly told.

    A compelling movie. It had me interested all the way through. Off-beat, but very well done, and well acted.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Intelligent and captivating

    So very pleasant to watch a movie that is thoughtful, while being entertaining. Actually pretty compelling. I checked the stats on this afterwards and saw that it was made on a micro-budget.

    Great work!

    Very moving.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Nat Christian (writer-director-actor) created a fun, yet thought provoking film

    Appealing, darling, romantic, intriguing. The actors were all excellent. Great imaginative story and direction. Lovely music and look. Very sweet.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Nat Christian creates a complete and thought provoking experience

    CHANNELS is an incredibly touching film. With a lightness of a romantic comedy, it also moved me.

    Writer director, Nat Christian took a concept that we've all wondered about - how to recreate a time and a place in order to do something over again - and delivers it on a full plate of laughs and sadness.

    He also stars plays the lead character with a complete honesty. The other actors are also incredible. John Kassir, Taylor Negron, Ed Asner, Joan Van Ark and beautiful Kim Oja lend their excellent talents, which made this movie so enjoyable to watch.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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