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Chris Filippone

Chris Filippone

Documentary Film and Video
BA in Film & Media Arts and Political Science, Temple University, 2010


Chris Filippone is an independent filmmaker from Philadelphia, PA and holds a BA in Film & Media Arts and Political Science from Temple University. His thesis Driving the American Dream,about the health risks of driving a taxi, earned him a MiND TV Philadelphia Stories 7grant and screened at the Scribe Video Center, on public access channel WYBE, and the Pennsylvania State Capitol.

Since then, Chris has directed projects such as From the Shopfloor to the Streets,profiling female leaders in the labor movement; Guerrilla Girls: Not Ready to Make Nice,following the Guerrilla Girls’ campaign to combat the 1% in the art world; and Point Breeze,exploring the process of gentrification in a south Philadelphia neighborhood. His work has been featured in The Guardian,The Walker Art Center, Philadelphia Independent Film Festival, and Coursera, and he has received support from the Delaware Valley Filmmaking Foundation.



Telluride Student Symposium Fellowship, 2017
UFVA Graduate Student Fellowship, 2018


HD Video
JUNE, 2018

Beneath Philadelphia’s elevated train line in the heart of the largest open-air drug market on the East Coast, a band of men gathers together to stave off their addiction through labor, reflection, and brotherhood.

How to Breathe in Kern County 

HD Video
JUNE, 2017

As the workday grinds to a halt, a gathering of street racers makes way for the backroads of Bakersfield to find their catharsis.

A View from the Window 

HD Video
Co-directed by Azar Kafaei
MARCH, 2017

A day with a group of third graders, their crayfish, and a glimpse of the world outside their school.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Best MiniDoc Nominee, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, 2018
CPH:DOX (Copenhagen International Documentary Festival), 2018
Sarasota Film Festival, 2018
Independent Film Festival Boston, 2018
Encuentros del Otro Cine, 2018
Thin Line Film Festival, 2018
Savannah Film Festival, 2018
SF DocFest, 2018
Ivy Film Festival, 2018
Palm Springs International Shortfest, 2018
Bay Area Intl. Children’s Film Festival, 2018
Tbilisi International Student Film Festival, 2018
Truly CA, KQED Public TV Broadcast, 2018


16mm Black & White Film

In the informal metal trade, a metal scrapper hunts the streets of Oakland searching for his day’s keep.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Spirit Award for Best Short Documentary, Brooklyn Film Festival, 2017
Visions du Réel, 2017
Sheffield Doc|Fest, 2017
Ann Arbor Film Festival, 2018
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, 2018
Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival, 2018
Walla Walla Movie Crush, 2018
San Francisco Green Film Festival, 2018
Palm Springs International Shortfest, 2017
SF DocFest, 2017
Kasseler Dokfest, 2017
Cucalorus Film Festival, 2017
Pärnu Film Festival, 2017
Ivy Film Festival, 2018
San Francisco Frozen Film Festival, 2017
Red Rock Film Festival, 2017



June 16, 2018

Free and open to the public.

Cubberley Auditorium
June 15, 2017

Free and open to the public

Cubberley Auditorium
March 21, 2017
Cubberley Auditorium
December 13, 2016

Free and open to the public

Cubberley Auditorium


February 20, 2018 to March 2, 2018
McMurtry Building; Gunn Foyer and Miller Discussion Space
January 17, 2017 to January 24, 2017
McMurtry Building