Chris is a Professor of Film & Video at Allan Hancock College.
He started working in production & post-production in 1996. Since
then he has been an editor, cinematographer, and sound recordist on
hundreds of commercials, industrials, and short films. His own films have screened at over 60 national and international film festivals. Most recently, Chris was co-director and cinematographer on the documentary, Firestorm ’77: The True Story of the Honda Canyon Fire. The film has won numerous awards at various film festivals including San Luis Obispo International, Big Bear Film Summit, the Silicon Beach Film Festival, and many more.
His documentary, Ghosts in the Mountains, won awards at the Wasaga Beach Film Festival in Canada, Queen City Festival in Maryland, and the Star Documentary Festival in Los Angeles.
For seven seasons, Chris was an animator with the Emmy Award winning creative team of of the children's television program, Smart Start Kids. His screenplays have won awards at the Action on Film Festival and the LA All Sports Festival.
Chris’s academic interests are in the areas of Italian and German cinema as well as experimental and documentary filmmaking. He has written for Super-8 Today magazine and presented papers at various conferences including at the TransAtlantic Visions Conference in Rome, Society of Cinema and Media Studies and Italian Cinema(s) Abroad at Ohio State University.
Chris lives with his family in California. He is a die-hard Pittsburgh Steelers, Pirates, and Penguins fan, and loves Indian cuisine, ‘80's arcade games, and is a collector of vinyl records.
PhD, Film, University of Exeter
MFA, Screenwriting, Hollins University
BA, Film &Video Production, Pennsylvania State University