A Chicago native who grew up in New England, Chris Charles returned to the Windy City to pursue a career in filmmaking. He studied Film & Video at Columbia College and graduated with honors in 2007. Charles joined the team at Beverly Ridge Pictures and directed the Ray Bradbury short "The Small Assassin" which has screened at 26 film festivals around the world. He went on to direct the Click It or Ticket “Cops Everywhere” commercials, which won an Emmy® Award in 2009. He was the associate producer and casting director of the award-winning feature "Chicago Overcoat" which premiered on Showtime and stars Frank Vincent, Mike Starr, and Armand Assante. In 2012, Charles and longtime collaborator John Bosher created a new production company, Throughline Films, where they are currently developing a slate of feature films and web series. Most recently, they served as executive producers on the indie feature "Animals" starring David Dastmalchian, Kim Shaw, and John Heard.