Jeffrey DeCristofaro is a Tennessee native currently residing in Asheville, North Carolina as an independent artist & Target retail clerk; he currently seeks acting, 2nd unit photography & other job oppurtunities in Asheville-based films, as well as modeling gigs. He is Film Coordinator of the North Carolina Rising Suns (NCRS) Talent Database, and is currently represented by and listed in the Men's Division of Talent in the CB Group Modeling & Talent Agency in New Bern. At present, he is limited to the greater Asheville area, but is willing to travel both nationally and internationally only if travel expenses are paid for by any company, client and/or event planner willing to hire him for gigs.
Formerly homeschooled, with the exception of a few dual-enrollment courses at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Institute and one Summer Filmmaking course at Winston-Salem's University of North Carolina School of the Arts in June-July 2003, DeCristofaro graduated UNC-Asheville in May 2008 with a BA in Literature (Concentration Creative Writing, Minor Mass Communications), before enrolling in the same campus's Master of Liberal Arts (MLA) program. He graduated with a Master's Degree in December 2011.
In 2007, DeCristofaro added to his love for writing and cinema by writing a one-act play, "Dance of the Reeds" that was performed at the Flood Arts Gallery's "Play-garize This!" event, and later composed online PowerPoint lectures to accompany the film studies course textbook VIDEO PRODUCTION TECHNIQUES: THEORY AND PRACTICE FROM CONCEPT TO SCREEN, written by UNC-Asheville Mass Comm. Prof. Donald L. Diefenbach. DeCristofaro's poem "Trek of the Scorpion" and picture "Desert Eye" were published in the May 2006 and May 2009 issues, respectively, of UNC-Asheville's creative arts magazine HEADWATERS.
He was also part of the Spoken Word Poetics group (a local Asheville poetry troupe) and the f/32 Photography Group (a community of professional and aspiring photographers who shoot, exhibit and discuss their works on a monthly basis). still remains a member of the Asheville Film Society, which screen classic gems at the Carolina Cinemas on Hendersonville Rd. During the beginning of the Film Society, DeCristofaro shot photos that were later published in the MOUNTAIN XPRESS to help promote the new organization.
DeCristofaro has been busy contributing to the performing arts, just as he has been busy in fulfilling his goals in education, writing, and visual arts. During his early teenage years, he was an acting student for the Charleston Stage Company and dancing student for the Robert Ivey Ballet. More recently, he has also performed on stage for the North Carolina Stage Company, Asheville Community Theatre and Theatre UNC-Asheville, and was a wardrobe assistant for the Theatre UNC-Asheville stage productions of "The Philadelphia Story" and "JungalBook." He has also sung, as a baritone, for several choirs including the UNC-Asheville University Singers, the Asheville Symphony Chorus, and the Unitarian Universalist Choir of Asheville, the UU church in which he is also a member.
In addition to acting, DeCristofaro had modeled for local Western North Carolina photographers; he appeared in Jenny Bowen's "Faces of Asheville" documentary project and was published at age 24 as Top Model in the May 2010 issue of MODELING INTERNATIONAL MAGAZINE, a monthly publication for which he also wrote several published articles. Several months later, at age 25, he was published again, this time as a photographer, in the Fall 2010 issue of Asheville's new independent arts magazine BLUE LOTUS REVIEW.
He continues to pursue a career both on and off-screen in film, having performed and served as a crew member for independent shorts and feature-length films - including the 2010 independent horror film WANDERLOST, for which he was both an extra and production assistant - and is a member of the Asheville Filmmakers Group, composed of local filmmaking artists living and working within the Western North Carolina region.
A founder of the new enterprise Desert Eye Productions (the logo and title derived from his photo published by HEADWATERS), DeCristofaro aspires to act, write and produce feature-length films (as well as direct a number of his own), while modeling, shooting photography, and writing & publishing his poetry on the side. He also dreams of launching and leading a global Neo-Renaissance that will change the world, break down old frontiers and establish new ones, and prove that there are no limits except those we each choose for ourselves.
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