You might know Memphian Christian Walker from his extensive acting resume, which includes the lead role in Mark Jones' acclaimed Tennessee Queer. Or you might know him as a founding member of hardcore punk band Greaseland and longtime bass player for Pezz.
Christian Walker, director of Arrow Of Light
Walker, who recently relocated to New Orleans, has added "director" to his resume, and he is currently in pre-production on a new film called "Arrow Of Light", named for the highest badge a Cub Scout can earn.
“It’s based on a short story written by a guy from Memphis," Walker says. "His pen name is Randall O. Wayne, but his real name is Matt Owens. I knew him because he played in punk bands. I’ve known him since we were early teenagers. He had it published in Oxford American, and I read it, and I thought, ‘Wow, this is really cool.’ It’s actually a true story of something that happened to him when he was about ten years old.”
In the film, a boy of ten tags along as his father deals with the aftermath of the suicide of his best friend.
Memphis talent for the film will include not only Walker, the director, and Wayne, the writer, but also Kristen Wroten Combest, known as the multi-intrumentalist for the Memphis Dawls and Dead Soldiers, who will create the score.
Walker is raising money through Indigogo for the film, and will host a Memphis fundraiser on Saturday September 26 at Found on Broad Avenue. The show will include Walker's first solo acoustic set in three years, as well as sets by Ryan Azada and Ben Abney, and a full band "loud rock" set by the Victory Fives and appearances by comedians Kyle Kordsmeier, Jane Haze and Mitchell Dunnam. Festivities begin at 8 PM.