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Chris Talbott is an award-winning producer, director, screenwriter, and playwright. A Sundance Documentary Fellow, he is the founder of OVO, Silent Five Productions and Cause Effect Agency (CEA), a mission-driven organization that cross-pollinates charitable projects with activists and philanthropists in the entertainment industry.
In addition to his feature work, detailed below, Chris has produced, written and directed dozens of short videos for hire. He is frequently hired for his experience directing A-list talent. He has directed Susan Sarandon, Ted Danson, Jane Fonda, Mary-Louise Parker, Jenny McCarthy, Shay Mitchell, Diane Lane, Allison Janney and many others.
A long-time collaborator with actor Susan Sarandon, they have created dozens of short films and cause-related campaigns. Sarandon executive produced Talbott's latest project, the award-winning documentary Deep Run (distributed by Women Make Movies) - a powerful verité portrait of trans life in rural North Carolina. Previously, he assisted actor/director/writer Tim Robbins in producing Cradle Will Rock and the Academy Award-winning Dead Man Walking. In 2001 Talbott’s first documentary, The World’s Best Prom, was named Best Documentary at the Wisconsin Film Festival, before inspiring a popular episode of NPR’s This American Life. His first fiction feature film, The Fourth, won Best First Feature at the Long Island Film Festival. His plays The Gospel of Cyrus According to Cyrus, Rubberville, and The Asthma Conspiracy have been developed and produced with SoHo Rep, HERE, OVO, and Theater for the New City. He also developed and produced the children’s musical Beatrice’s Goat with renowned director, screenwriter, animator and playwright Roger Allers (Lion King, The Prophet). As a founding member of the arts collective OVO, Talbott has produced more than 15 independent theater, performance art, and video works.
Praise for "Deep Run"
"...a compelling portrait of trans teen Cole Ray Davis becoming a man in rural North Carolina. Cole’s story is a microcosm of so many compelling contemporary issues, he personifies how millennials will alter our culture's attitudes on transgender rights, the plight of the undocumented, and religious intolerance. This movie will be an excellent tool in classrooms and college campuses."
- Susan Sarandon
"..the film glows with a lyrical intimacy… a particularly honest depiction of low-income trans American experiences."
- The Advocate
"…a sweet, admiring, optimistic profile of a teen in transition."
- The Hollywood Reporter
"...beautifully crafted and nuanced."
- Filmmaker magazine
Praise for “The World’s Best Prom”:
“It's like your senior prom, plus the Super Bowl plus the Oscars all in one. Every town should have 'The World's Best Prom.' You will LOVE this movie. If you don't then you are lying.”
- Maya Rudolph
“Fun, touching and completely unforgettable – exactly what every prom should be!”
- Us Weekly
“Taking the prom a lot further than even John Hughes could have envisioned – a lot of fun and definitely worth checking out.”
- ABC News Now
“Hilarious and poignant. Any town that would turn its prom into a televised red carpet event has either got something really right about it or something really wrong. The fact that I still can't decide made me love this film all the more. A smart and funny look at adolescence and its ultimate ritual.”
- Bob Fisher, Screenwriter of Wedding Crashers