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Founded in 2018 by filmmaker Christian Ackerman, Black Vortex Cinema produced the 2020 Halloween Haunt/Film Festival experience Joe Bob's Haunted Drive-In, Night of the Bastard, the upcoming films Vortex Predators & Sundown, the book trilogy My Favorite Horror Movie, the My Favorite Horror Movie Podcast, and the award winning short film Our Next Caller, and produced the events Blood Read Live: A Tribute to Larry Cohen and the My Favorite Horror Movie Mini Convention.
Los Angeles-based producer, writer, and director Christian Ackerman began his career as a production assistant at The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Since then, he has gone on to produce 31 features including Fear the Night, Collide, Deltopia, and Night of the Bastard.
As a writer, he wrote Night of the Bastard (with partner Chuck Foster), Joe Bob's Haunted Drive-In (with Foster and Joe Bob Briggs), and Deadly Reunion.
Starting in 2018, he spearheaded the revered My Favorite Horror Movie trilogy of books, featuring 150 essays by horror legends and luminaries on the film that shaped their lives.
Besides writing, directing, and producing, Christian has worked on over 2000 hours of television, including over 200 episodes as an Art Director.
He served as curator and/or judge for Filmquest, SoCal Creative & Innovative Film Festival, Joe Bob's Haunted Drive-In Festival, and Comedy Ninja Film Fest.
His films have won over 50 awards and have been seen by millions of people around the world.
Thanks to his makeup artist mother, Chuck Foster grew up on sets and was immersed in the entertainment industry from birth. His father is known around Los Angeles as Grimsley, the famed late ‘70s horror host, while grandfather Norman Foster has been renowned for his work with Orson Welles and Walt Disney. Grandmother Sally Blane, sister to Loretta Young, starred in films with Henry Fonda, Edward G. Robinson and brother-in-law Ricardo Montalban.
In the early 2000s, Chuck moved to New York City and became a music critic for publications like Under the Volcano, Horror Garage and The Big Takeover, yet always made time to work on films with creative partner Christian Ackerman. Together, they wrote the award-winning short films The Summoners and Watch Your Back, as well as the unproduced feature for Ackerman’s short film Hell’s Belles, which also won several awards.
More recently, Chuck has become a contributing writer for Film Threat, regularly covering events like Tribeca Film Festival, Brooklyn Horror Film Festival and New York Comic Con.
He served as Festival Director of Joe Bob's Haunted Drive-In and wrote the upcoming action horror-film Night of the Bastard with Christian.