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Chris Hite

Chris HiteChris Hite is an award-winning filmmaker, screenwriter, and animator with strong research interests in Documentary, Experimental, and World Cinema, particularly German and Italian cinema.

As a filmmaker, Hite’s films have screened at over thirty national and international film festivals and broadcast showcases including the Smita Patil Documentary Festival in India, the BBC Big Screen in Birmingham, England, and Port Shorts, Port Douglas, Australia. His most recent documentary, Ghosts in the Mountains, won the Gold Medal Award at the Wasaga Beach Film Festival in Canada and Best Appalachian Short at the Queen City Film Festival in Maryland.

Hite was an After Effects artist/animator with the Emmy Award winning creative team of Smart Start Kids, an educational program geared towards pre-school children, produced in conjunction with WRAL in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Hite’s screenplays have won awards at the Action on Film festival and the LA All-Sports Festival. He has written for Super 8 Today magazine and presented papers at the Society of Cinema and Media Studies.

Chris started his career as an editor, videographer, and sound recordist working for various production companies on the east coast of the United States. He has edited over 200 commercials, product, and training videos for clients like National Geographic, Glaxo SmithKline, Coldwell Banker, and Georgetown University Student Credit Union.

Currently, Chris is Director of Photography for the documentary Firestorm, the story of the 1977 Vandenberg fire.

Chris is a great supporter of cinema-arts education and participates in the yearly Allan Hancock College International Cinema Series which is free to the public. 

BA, Film Video Production, Pennsylvania State University
MFA, Film Studies & Screenwriting, Hollins University, Virginia