Jeff Santo has over 20 years of dedicated Independent Filmmaking experience in all aspects of creating and selling an Independent Film. He is currently in development with a tv series titled, Blue Collar Famous, with his writing partner and wife, Christie Santo.
Jeff has Written, Directed, and Produced several Independent Films. His first film, Liar's Poker, had an exclusive Blockbuster Video release in 2000 and sold in every major foreign market. His second film and first Documentary Feature, This Old Cub, had a six month theatrical run in 2004, playing in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, Arizona, Indiana, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Minneapolis. This Old Cub DVD was Independently Distributed by Jeff and his team, selling over 40,000 DVDs exclusively on their own website. Jeff and his team also sold directly to retail stores, selling a total of over 85,000 DVDs to date. In 2016, This Old Cub Special Edition was released on iTunes, Amazon Video, Google Play, Sony Playstation and Vudu. Which includes his father's call to Baseball's Hall of Fame, the statue in his honor outside Wrigley Field, and the incredible send off the Chicago Cubs and the city of Chicago gave him.
Jeff has taught writing and directing at the film school at Scottsdale Community College, as well as spoken at several Independent Film Distribution seminars, spreading the word to other Independent Filmmakers on his grass-roots distribution success. This Old Cub has also had a television World Premiere on WGN America and premiered on the new and highly successful MLB Network.
In September 2008, Jeff's third film, an Independent Family Drama Jake's Corner, had a theatrical release in Arizona, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Jake's Corner opened in eight Harkins Theatres in the Phoenix Metropolitan area and was number one in Payson, Arizona, for three weeks. Jake's Corner also opened at the prestigious Music Box Theatre in Chicago. Jake's Corner was shot on location in the real town of Jake's Corner, Arizona.
Jeff's fourth film and second documentary, Off The Boulevard, is about seven artists: two musicians (Nick Nicholson, Keith Jackson), two filmmakers (Troy Duffy, Jeff Santo), two actors (David Della Rocco, Sanel Budimlic), and one comedian (Bob Rubin), whose friendships are created through struggle and perseverance. Their journey will transcend the world of entertainment and inspire all who strive to pave their own road. Also featuring industry insights from well-knowns such as: Peter Fonda (Easy Rider), Joe Mantegna (Criminal Minds), Gilby Clarke (Guns N' Roses), Sonny Barger (Hell's Angels), Dan Haggerty (Grizzly Adams), and Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam).
Jeff's fifth film, Dead In 5 Heartbeats, is a fictional feature based on the successful novel by Sonny Barger, who also Produced the film with Jeff. The film was successfully released in a 14 city theatre tour, independently, in April 2013. Quickly followed by the 2 disc DVD release, selling in over 70 countries worldwide, and now released digitally on iTunes, Vudu, Google Play, and Sony Playstation platforms worldwide; swiftly becoming a cult classic amongst the motorcycle culture.
Jeff Co-Wrote Sonny Barger's life story for Fox 2000 called Hell's Angels. He also Directed a stand-up comedy special for Comedian Bob Rubin(Off the Boulevard), who reached out to his fans on a crowd funding site for the funding, titled "Bob Rubin: Oddities and Rarities" for digital release the fall of 2019.
Christie Santo began her creative pursuits with a Creative Writing degree from California State University of Long Beach, and studied the Stanislavsky and Meisner Acting Methods at C.S.U.L.B. and with T.C.T. in San Francisco. Christie was the Editor, Co-Writer, and Producer of Off The Boulevard, in which she and Jeff Santo were married on October 10th, 2010. In 2011, she Edited and Acted in a music video for country artist Nick Nicholson(Off The Boulevard), called Neon Grave. As Editor for This Old Cub Special Edition she added over 20 minutes of new footage to This Old Cub, including the last interview Ron Santo gave to his son, Jeff, before his passing in December 2010. She Executive Produced and Edited Dead In 5 Heartbeats; she even played a small role in the film.