Chris Nicholas

Chris Nicholas

New River Entertainment
Camera Operator, Director, Editor, Filmmaker, Producer and Videographer

North Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California

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About Chris

Born in the Bronx, and raised in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Chris Nicholas has been a professional editor of more than 18 years. With a resume including such award-winning works as "Marilyn Manson: Demystifying the Devil", Chris Nicholas's work has been the subject of much accolade. But more so than just a professional editor, Chris is perhaps best described as professional storyteller - having created, written, edited, directed and produced countless works in the visual arts. Please also check out Nicholas's company website at, New River Entertainment. Here's how it all began...

In 1991, Nicholas began his career in the Entertainment industry as a keyboardist for Atlantic Records' Collapsing Lungs, touring with such bands as Smashing Pumpkins, House of Pain and Cypress Hill. The band went on to record the album "Colorblind" and shoot a video for their single "Crackerjack". Due to lack of promotion by the label and internal conflicts within the band, Collapsing Lungs left Atlantic, changed a few members and regrouped as, L.U.N.G.S. and within six months was signed to Pavement Records/Zoo/BMG and released the full length CD, "Better Class of Losers". The CD came out with great reviews but again the lack of support of the label by not producing a video or giving the band tour support led Chris to make a tough decision.

Unfulfilled and feeling confined in the world of music, Nicholas made the transition in late 1995 to television and film, a forum where he would be able to more aptly express his creativity and vision. While editing these national television programs and other projects at a small production company in Boca Raton, FL, Nicholas read Marilyn Manson’s book, "The Long Hard Road Out of Hell.” Thinking it was a great depiction of Manson's life, Nicholas wanted to take it one step further by using it as a template for a documentary about Manson's rise to stardom. He enlisted those who had helped Manson in his early days, and with their testimonials, home video, rare concert footage, and never-before-seen photos and memorabilia, Nicholas directed, produced, and edited the award-winning documentary “Marilyn Manson: Demystifying the Devil.”

When released worldwide in 2000, “Demystifying the Devil” debuted on the UK's national home video sales chart at #1, peaked in Billboard Magazine's Top 40 Home Video Sales Chart at #22, and reached #17 in Australia and New Zealand's sales charts. The film earned Nicholas the the Best Directorial Debut award at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival and was subsequently screened at the Brescia Music and Arts Film Festival in Brescia, Italy. The film received many positive reviews from such publications as Rolling Stone, Billboard and Entertainment Weekly. Chris was also a guest on the Howard Stern Radio & Television Show to help promote it.

Following the success of “Demystifying the Devil,” Nicholas continued working as an editor on other documentaries and was hired as a producer on A&E Television's first season of “Criss Angel: MINDFREAK,”. He has also produced and edited several DVD extra content featurettes, including such titles as, the Stanley Kramer DVD box set, the title piece for the re-release of the DVD for My So-Called Life, (which Entertainment Weekly stated was the best DVD release of 2007) and the making of the 4th Season of the show, The Flintstones among many others. Nicholas created a presentation to pitch Paramount Studios to re-release a 25th Anniversary DVD Edition of the film, "The Warriors." When Chris spoke to Paramount about it, they informed him that they were already in production of one. Click Here to see how Nicholas envisioned it. Nicholas has also worked on numerous reality shows, including the international hit show Hollywood Uncensored, HD Net's show, Deadline Unrated! and TLC's The Singing Office.

Along with directing, producing, and editing, Nicholas has also written three feature-length screenplays, for which he is currently seeking representation. “Event Staff,” a dramatic comedy, takes a look behind the scenes at the world of concert security. “The Free Clinic” is low-budget comedy, which he plans to produce and direct himself.

The past couple of years Nicholas put his career on hold as he moved his mother Beatrice into his home and took care of her due to her declining health. It was hard for Chris to take full-time work as taking care of his mom became a full-time job. Being in the television/film world for so many years, Chris documented everything along this new journey with his mom. From doctors visits to trips to the ER and surgeries, to the little moments that mean everything. Beatrice was a true warrior and after beating cancer twice, surviving a heart attack and quadruple bypass surgery, kidney failure and having to go on dialysis, several mini-strokes which kicked in dementia and Alzheimer's disease her body finally gave up. Chris is using the experiences he went through and is making the documentary, Role Reversal, which is about the caregiving experience of caring for your aging parent that can no longer care for themselves.

Nicholas has experience utilizing several editing systems and software on both PC and Mac platforms, including: Avid's Media Composer, Adobe's Premiere Pro and Photoshop; Apple’s Final Cut Pro 7, DVD Studio Pro and Compressor. He also continues to do side projects as a director, producer and editor and would love to contribute his vast experience and knowledge to the projects of others. Please check out the rest of this website and also To contact Nicholas, do so via e-mail at chris at chrisnicholas dot com.

Unique traits: New River Entertainment is an independent production company specializing in all aspect of television, film, new media and home entertainment. The goal at New River Entertainment is to produce high-quality projects that entertain, inspire and inform.



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  • Deadline!

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  • The Loneliness of the Long Distance Dreamer

    The Loneliness of the Long Distance Dreamer (2010)
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  • The Story of Hal Roach and Our Gang

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    Film (short) by Greg Carson Editor

  • Making Age of Consent

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  • The Making of 'Spin City: Season One'

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  • Singing Office

    Singing Office (2008)
    Television (Game-Show, Music and Reality-TV) Editor Random offices are "ambushed" and employees are asked to sing. The 5 best singers are taught a song and dance routine, and then compete against another office.

  • Hollywood Uncensored

    Hollywood Uncensored (2007 - 2008)
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  • A Love Story of Today

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    Film (short) Editor Add a Plot »

  • A Special Kind of Love

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  • Brando: An Icon Is Born

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  • Stanley Kramer: A Man's Search for Truth

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    Film (short) (Documentary) Editor Add a Plot »

  • My So-Called Life: My So-Called Life Story

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    Film (short) by Greg Carson (Documentary) Editor

  • Dear Santa

    Dear Santa (2006)
    TV Movie by Darren Mann (Family) Editor, Editorial department Dear Santa is based on a selection of the most compelling letters the U.S. Postal Service receives from children asking for Santa's help. Their dramatic and heartwarming stories will be told as their holiday dreams are fulfilled.

  • The Curse of the Pillow Tag

    The Curse of the Pillow Tag (2006)
    Film (short) by Barbara Topsøe-Rothenborg (Comedy) Editor

  • 24: The DVD Board Game

    24: The DVD Board Game (2006)
    Video (Action) Editor Add a Plot »

  • Bad Religion: Live at the Palladium

    Bad Religion: Live at the Palladium (2006)
    Video (Music) Editor Live at the Palladium is a live concert DVD by the punk band Bad Religion, released in March 2006. It features footage from two nights at the Palladium in Hollywood, California on November 21 and 22, 2004. The DVD uses seamless branching to offer two viewing options: The full concert interspersed with interview footage of the band. Only the concert footage. The only Bad Religion albums that do not have songs represented in this performance (of those which were released prior to the date of the filming) are Into the Unknown, No Substance and The New America. The version of Cease is played on a solo piano, as recorded on Greg Graffin's solo album, American Lesion. After the band has finished playing "21st Century (Digital Boy)" Greg Graffin incorrectly identifies the song as the "Against the Grain version" when in fact they played the Stranger than Fiction version. The title card before playing "Along the Way" shows that the song is from the album How Could Hell Be Any Worse? (possibly ... Written by Slack-Babbath

  • Scoring the Silence

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  • A Message for Peace: Making 'Hotel Rwanda'

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  • Criss Angel Mindfreak

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  • Obtaining Cover: Inside Code 46

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  • Alien Gods

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  • Kiss My Grits: The Herstory of Women in Punk and Hard Rock

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    Film by Bethany Ward-Lawe (Documentary and Music) Editor

  • Demystifying the Devil: An Unauthorized Biography on Marilyn Manson

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    Film (Documentary and Music) Editor, Producer, Director "Demystifying the Devil" is a documentary flashing back to the incarnation of Marilyn Manson and the Spooky Kids and chronicles through their controversial trials and tribulations. The documentary features shocking first hand testimonials of the people who were closest to Brian Warner a.k.a. "Marilyn Manson" back in his local band-based town of Ft. Lauderdale, as well as outrageous home video that depicts the Mansons in ways never seen before. From Brian Warner's most intimate moments to his rise to superstardom, you are sure to be shocked, amused and outraged. Written by Rock Docs <>


  • Best Directorial Debut Award for, Marilyn Manson: Demystifying The Devil at the NY Int'l Film & Video Festival

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