Filmmakers and Producers

Chris Newman

As a young filmmaker Chris cut his teeth shooting professional surfers across the globe. He went on to earn a Masters degree in documentary from UC-Santa Cruz and has screened his award-winning doc work in festivals worldwide and nationally on PBS. After a stint living and filming in Peru, Chris returned to San Francisco to build his commercial reel as a director where he continues to work with global brands and agencies. His intention as a director is to create cinematic, heartfelt and honest connections between his subjects and the viewer. When he’s not directing you can find him surfing and photographing the rugged swells that frequent his San Francisco home.

A Letter to Congress (Director, 2017)
The Projectionist (Co-Director, 2016)
Entretejido (Co-Producer/Editor 2015)
Lord of Miracles (Co-Director 2012)
Por Fin, Pario Paula (Co-Director 2011)
Finding D-QU (Director, 2010)


Finding D-QU: The Lonely Struggle of California's only Tribal College
Chris Newman
Producer: Chris Newman
2010, 26 min., Color, US
In 2005, D-Q University, California’s only tribal college, was shut down after a 35-year struggle. Since then, the school’s board of trustees, past students, and community members have tried to reopen the school against all odds. This 30-minute video documentary is structured around a group of occup...

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