Chris Farina

May 13, 2011 Comments Off on Chris Farina


Chris Farina was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, near the setting of his first award-winning documentary film, Route 40.  This was a portrait of the roadside community along Pulaski Highway, a five mile stretch of urban highway in east Baltimore.  His second film, West Main Street, continued this interest in roadside settings, exploring the Main Street community of Charlottesville, Virginia, where Farina moved for his undergraduate education at the University of Virginia, and still resides.  Both independently-produced films portray people living and/or working in familiar American settings that receive little media attention.  Each is guided by the principle of respect for the individuals portrayed, allowing them to tell the story of their lives and their community.  His current film, World Peace and other 4th-Grade Achievements, had its world premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas, and has garnered awards at several film festivals, including the Best Film-Audience Award at its international premiere at the Bergen International Film Festival in Bergen, Norway.  This film portrays John Hunter, a 4th-grade public school teacher in Charlottesville, Virginia, creator of the World Peace Game.  While still early in the distribution phase, the film has already been broadcast on television in Israel and South Korea, and will be distributed widely throughout educational institutions in Norway and Estonia.  Presently he is negotiating offers for US broadcast.  His hope is to achieve international educational exposure to John Hunter’s wonderful work with children, particularly with the mission of inspiring and teaching young and future educators.  For more information, please visit


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