A Man Called God

A Man Called God is the award-winning documentary, from the visionary mind of Emmy Award winning Actor, Producer, Writer, Kristoff St. John and directed by Blaxpoitation Icon, Christopher St John, takes you on a journey over thirty years ago when the St John family embarked on a spiritual excursion from Los Angeles, California to Southern India to search for God.

Principal Team

Christopher St. John – Director / Executive Producer


Christopher St. John first enrolled in the Dramatic Workshop which was located in the famous Carnegie Hall building in New York City. After a period of study there, Christopher built his own independent theater, where he successfully assembled a company of talented actors, and The Troupe Repertory Theater was born.

For the next six years, Christopher acted, directed and produced dozens of stage productions with The Troupe Repertory Theater. Following a difficult series of auditions Christopher was accepted into the world-famous Actors Studio as a lifetime member, where he had the privilege of studying with the master acting teacher Lee Strasburg.

Christopher worked on and off Broadway, playing the leading role in the Pulitzer-Prize- winning play No Place To Be Somebody. He was a co-star in the Academy Award Winning classic film Shaft. He then wrote, produced, directed, and starred in Top Of The Heap, a film that was selected to play in the Berlin Film Festival.

Christopher has acted on television in various episodic shows, and he taught drama in a community outreach program at Yale University. Currently, Christopher and his son are working  to  release  their  long  time  passion project, A Man Called God, into worldwide distribution.

Kristoff St. John – Executive Producer


Kristoff St. John made his television debut at age 7 in the sit-com series “That’s My Mama”. Now, 40 years later he is one of the stars on CBS-TV’s “The Young and The Restless”, the number one rated drama for the past 25 years on daytime television, playing the popular character Neil Winters. In 1992 Kristoff won his first Emmy Award for his role on “The Young and The Restless”. Kristoff has been nominated for an Emmy 9 times, and won twice, in 1992 and 2008. He has also been nominated 15 times for the prestigious NAACP Image Award, and won 9 times.

Kristoff has starred and guest starred on numerous prime time television shows, talk shows and films over his 40 year career.

Currently Kristoff continues to star on “The Young and The Restless” and is producing several independent features, and is executive producing his second feature documentary, Swiped, which focuses on credit card fraud.



Maria St. John – Producer


Maria is a British actress, and a graduate of the world famous Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in England. A highly trained classical actress, Maria appeared  in several plays in London’s West End Theatre’s, and acted at the National Theatre, under the direction of Sir Laurence Olivier. She also worked in British Television, movies, and in cabarets all over Europe. While acting in a movie, Maria met iconic actor, Cary Grant, who arranged for her to immigrate to the United States.

Arriving in Hollywood, Maria did extensive theater work and landed an array of television guest spots, “Wild, Wild, West”, “Ironside”, “Man From U.N.C.L.E.” as well as a starring role in the 1969 classic movie, “Munster Go Home”.

Moving to New York, Maria starred in the play, Antigone, at the illustrious Actors Studio where Maria was chosen to be a life time member. Antigone was produced and directed by Maria’s husband to be, Christopher St. John.

Currently Maria has written a four hour Television Mini-Series about Women trapped in the evil cult of Sai Baba, and is completing a book of her own horrific experiences, beguiled into worshipping Sai Baba and the Hindu gods.

Baird Bryant – Cinematographer

Baird Bryant was an award winning cinematographer and documentary filmmaker, who shot over 100 films over the course of five decades. Many of the films Baird shot won prestigious awards, including the 1985 documentary Broken Rainbow, which won an Oscar, A First Class Miracle, which earned an Emmy, and The Vipers, which won a Golden Lion Award at the Cannes Film Festival. Baird also worked on several notable Hollywood narratives including Easy Rider, starring Dennis Hopper & Peter Fonda, and the 1970 Rolling Stones documentary Gimme Shelter. Baird spent several months in Southern India in 1980 with the St. John family shooting A Man Called God.

Marc Clebanoff – Co-Producer / Editor

Marc Clebanoff, a USC Film School alum and the grandson of world renowned composer Herman Clebanoff, started his career at 20th Century Fox TV before moving onto a feature development position at USA Films (now Focus Features) under director Neil Labute. In 2004 Clebanoff launched Odyssey Motion Pictures, under which he has  produced and/or directed a string of globally distributed independent  feature  films.  Clebanoff  spent  two  years  consulting  for Quentin Tarantino’s indie biker flick Hell Ride, which premiered at Sundance in 2008. He directed the award winning crime drama Break, which featured one of the final performances of acting icon David Carradine, won his first Directing award for the family comedy Gerald, which starred Louis Mandylor & Mickey Rooney and in 2012 produced the fantasy TV pilot Elwood, executive produced and starring Ron Perlman. In 2013 Clebanoff is releasing two new feature films, both of which he directed, an action film starring Danny Trejo and a supernatural thriller starring Dominique Swain. Clebanoff’s company is also an established foreign sales agent.

W.J. Parolini – Co-Producer / Editor

W.J. Parolini is a respected filmmaker well known for his cult horror film Igor and the Lunatics produced and released in the mid 1980s. He has worked across the scope of cinema as a writer, director, producer, editor and director of photography. Most recently he co-wrote, produced and directed the documentary feature film Women of the Military and his company produces videos for Fortune 500 companies such as Cisco Systems & Webex.

Mark Mercury – Composer

Mark Mercury has arranged, produced, recorded and composed music since the 1970s. Specializing in space, electronic and ambient sounds, Mercury has created music for an array of mediums including live performance, ballet, film, TV and hi-tech planetariums. Mercury has worked extensively as a studio musician, released three albums and launched two music production companies, under which he and his partners wrote songs, produced records, composed and produced music for animated series, animated features, television programs, videos and commercials. Mercury composed all of the original score for A Man Called God.