Chris M. Rutledge is originally from Chicago, IL and currently resides in Los Angeles, CA. He attended Southern Illinois University at Carbondale where he also pledged Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Chris began his creative writing by penning short stories in 1997, later started a novel, then subsequently transitioned into screenwriting in 2009 after taking a screenwriting course at Emory University. The transition to screenwriting was appropriate since Chris has a strong interest in writing, fused with a passion for film. He has written several feature-length screenplays. Chris decided to "reverse engineer" one of his screenplays into a novel, which would eventually become his first published novel in 2016, "Murder at Venegoni's." He made his sophomoric authorial release in 2019 with his novel "ASCLEPIUS," also derived from one of his screenplays. The screenplay for ASCLEPIUS won "Best Thriller" in the Olympus Film Fest in 2019.
In 2018 Chris decided to direct and produce one of his screenplays. The short film titled "Trombone Jones" was completed in late 2018. This short film went on to become an Official Selection at a film fest having it's world premiere at the Brenden Theatre at the Palms Casino Resort Hotel in Las Vegas in 2019. Chris currently juggles authoring novels, screenwriting, and indie filmmaking.
Film (short) (Drama) Writer, Director, Producer A short silent film about a US Marine veteran that returns home. He can't find a job so he decides to pick up the trombone. He's autodidactic and can teach himself anything, so he masters the trombone. His music journey takes him from playing street corners; to concert halls around the world; to an uncertain fate...or was his music journey all in his head?
Olympus Film Festival, "Best Thriller Screenplay"
Southern Illinois University Carbondale