Christopher Alvarez is a filmmaker and educator born and raised in (Koreatown) Los Angeles, CA. He received his bachelor of arts from Cal State Fullerton in Radio, Television and Film. He now leads the media department for LAUSD's Youth Development Program which has a cluster of 142 schools. Chris has taught children from grades K through 8th how to write, photograph, and edit films at over 100 schools in the last decade and has produced sixty-two thirty minute episodes of educational programing which aired on PBS sister station KLCS. Chris has directed these little teams and completed hundreds of films with topics such as time traveling history, animal science, homelessness, art history, friendship, problem solving, and ethics. Chris also taught high school students in a program called LAMP, as well as challenged youth in juvenile detention centers for a program called FYI Films. Chris currently serves as section manager for the Hollywood section of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE). Chris has written a coming fo age feature length film script called Lo_Ophole. Chris has also completed a film as cinematographer entitled Boundary Springs which takes place all along Oregon's Rouge River. Chris is currently directing and editing an anthropological electronic music documentary called ENERGY and seeking distribution. Chris edits for the American Film Institute year around and heads the cinematography for AFI Fest present by AUDI. Chris is first generation Salvadorean American and has had many struggles throughout the years coming from an extremely low income family. Chris has been visiting his brother in prison since the age of eleven who is serving a life sentence for a crime he did not commit. Chris continues to study film, anthropology, philosophy, psychology, quantum physics, buddhism, theosophy, meditation, dreaming, lucid dreaming, color theory, music, and art. Chris has been to El Salvador, Rome, and about half of the United States of America. Chris enjoys dancing Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba, and Zouk. Chris is currently reading Alejandro Jodorowsky books and his collaborative graphic novels with Moebius. Chris has had a deep interest with marvel comics and soccer since childhood, with a specific focus on the X-Men. Chris fell in love with two books growing up, one was The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster and the other was Kindred by Octavia Butler. Chris has attended hundreds of live concerts since age 13 and has witnessed the many music scenes that have passed through Los Angeles since 1997. Chris has attended seven Coachella music festivals and considers Prince, Kraftwerk, Portishead, Rx Bandits, Beyonce, New Order, Nicolas Jaar, Janelle Monae, The Xx, The Gorillaz, Sigur Rós,
J Balvin, Alt J, Jurassic 5, Jean-Michel Jarre, M.I.A., and Lez Claypool the main highlights. Chris enjoys playing the electric bass and has started creating his own music for his freelancing videos. Chris also just received his part 107 license in order to fly his drone. Chris inspires to be a film director not for profit but rather to use as a tool to diversify thought and community.