Who is Chris Kientz

Chris Kientz

Chris Kientz

Chris Kientz (Cherokee) is an American/Canadian animator, television producer and director. Chris Kientz is an American/Canadian animator, television producer, director and educator. He has worked on a number of reality TV and children's television series but is perhaps best known for his ongoing work on the award-winning Canadian/American television series, Raven Tales. His animation has also appeared at the Smithsonian Institution as well as animation festivals worldwide. He is national board member of KIDS FIRST! and the 2009 winner of the KIDS FIRST! PalmerVision award. http://www.kidsfirst.org/submit-a-title/kf-what-best-award.html 

Currently Chris is writing a 56 book series based on First Nation's trickster stories. He is working closely with Tribal Elders in the creation of these books for Scholastic. He also continues his work in program development, specifically for healthcare, coordinating project design and business development, as well as concentrating on research of new methods of digital distribution of media and interactive systems.

As an educator he worked at the Creative Media Institute at New Mexico State University to develop and implement the CMI animation program, including fund raising efforts and development of the animation curriculum and admission process. In addition he is a senior consultant for National Geographic, working with the All Roads Film Project as a fundraiser and project judge to ensure that children of under represented minorities receive media based educational materials and media training.

He has written articles and textbooks on digital media and applications for digital media in entertainment, education and distribution. In addition he has done notable work on the research and development of interactive content for defense based security training as a program manager at the Training and Doctrine Command Analysis Center at White Sands Missile Range. Chris also served on the New Mexico Governor's Council on Film and Media Industries to advise on digital media and tax incentives for media production and post production.

For more information and a filmography, go to http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1863552/

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