About a decade ago, Charles, his wife Marsi, and others looking for ways to help organizations struggling in difficult economic times founded Art Animates Life, a CA incorporated, federally tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization.
Art Animates Life and its award-winning theatrical offshoot North County Players have raised tens-of-thousands of dollars for San Diego area charities including a disaster relief agency, arts nonprofits, a municipal art gallery, veterans' relief funds, a community outreach center, a historical society, and several struggling community theaters, among others. Thousands of So Cal residents have attended AAL events and productions.
AAL members do not accept monetary compensation for their time and talent, including Carr's own commissions and royalties. An essential element of every North County Players stage production is that tickets are priced so that every member of the community can experience excellent live theater.
Art Animates Life has received generous grants from the San Diego County Board of Supervisors,
the H.O.M.E. Foundation, the San Marcos Community Foundation, and the San Marcos Historical Society; and corporate sponsorship from Chick-fil-A, McDonalds, Chipotle, Noodles & Company, and others.
AAL's filmmaking offshoot, Art Animates Life Films, is a multiple award-winning independent studio. Works created by current and past members include Hooked (San Diego Children's Film Festival), Boy on the Moon (iVIE first place, Fallbrook Film Festival featured selection), Sins of the Father (iVIE first place, VCTV Film of the Year), Mystery High (iVIE, VCTV Storyteller of the Year, Fallbrook Film Festival featured selection), and the stage-to-film production Auditioning Truths and Lies. It's newest production, Sky Takes a Bite Out of Crime, is currently in production as part of AAL's Young Filmmaker Series.
For the 2016 holiday season, Carr adapted and directed the Frank Capra
masterpiece, It's a Wonderful Life. Titled It's a Wonderful Christmas
Carol, the show features twists and
surprises from Charles Dickens himself.
Carr adapted and has directed the beloved Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol at theaters throughout Southern California. The play has been staged annually to packed houses including Bates Nut Farm (in the round, in a circus tent!), Patio Playhouse, the Poway Performing Arts Center, the Park Avenue Center, Connors Hall, and the San Marcos Civic Center.
Carr's newest stage thriller is in the tradition of classic Alfred Hitchcock and Agatha Christie. Titled, Passage Into Fear, the play is set onboard a train during the waning days of World War I. Passage Into Fear was orgininally performed in parnership with CSU San Marcos and the San Marcos Historical Society and, most recently, at the San Marcos Civic Center and Patio Playhouse Theatre in conjunction with a series of centennial observances of the Great War.
Charles Carr's original stage play, All the Time in the World, has garnered broad acclaim from audiences and critics alike. The drama/mystery has been performed at the Maxine Theater's Staples Center, the Escondido Municipal Gallery, and the Charity Wings Arts Center.
In the 1990s, Charles wrote 3DHouse, a complete inside-and-out virtual reality tour of his family's log home in Southern California. One of the first virtual reality programs ever created, 3DHouse enjoyed tens of thousands of shareware downloads on all major portals. He also sold the rights to Radio Shack and Egghead Software. 3DHouse has since been featured in many books and articles about VR.
A professional musician for more than 20 years, Carr's guitar playing and arranging have been featured on many recordings. He toured both in and out of the country before settling down in San Diego's North County with his wife, Marsi, and their two children Sammi and Alex. He has repeatedly taken top honors in San Diego Songwriter's Guild competitions for his original musical compositions.
Carr has won many writing accolades, including San Diego Press Club awards for Best Column Writing, Best Consumer Writing, and Best Arts and Entertainment. He also edits stories and articles written by others for major local and national publications.
Since its inception, Carr has produced the Fallbrook International Film Festival's red carpet event and panel discussions.
Charles has been a contributor and technical advisor to L.A. and San Diego Parent magazines and receives many requests each year to appear on Southern California television and radio stations to talk about important events.
Carr is author of What a World, chronicling twenty years in the San Diego backcountry. He enjoys speaking from time-to-time to schools and organizations about his eclectic life in the arts and volunteers as a journalism teacher at his hometown high school.