Christian Hammons is a writer, producer, and director who works in documentary, fiction, and the territory in between. His most recent work includes the short documentaries Messengers and Carousel, which played at Visible Evidence, and the short film Lemonade, which played at the Lone Star Film Festival and other venues. His in-between work includes the live documentary Tripod: Mead, Bateson, Bali and participatory media projects on the Ft. Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota and in the Mentawai Islands in Indonesia. He is an anthropologist by aptitude and training; he received his PhD in anthropology, with a specialization in culture and media, from the University of Southern California. He also holds an MFA in film production from the USC School of Cinematic Arts. He has worked at PBS, Cruise-Wagner Productions/Paramount, ICM, Disney Channel, and Bunim-Murray Productions/ABC. He now heads up Deranged Penguin Productions (with Eric Coombs Esmail) and teaches anthropology and critical media practices at the University of Colorado Boulder.
Eric Coombs Esmail
Eric Coombs Esmail is a cinematographer and documentarian working across film, video, and installation. Recent works include: the short documentary video and VR experience Messengers, cinematography for the short narrative Lemonade (dir. Christian Hammons), the installation and short film Esmerillion: Y Gwyllt, cinematography and field recording for the forthcoming documentary features On This Land (dir. MTL Collective) and Off Country (dir. Taylor Dunne and Eric Stewart), and the documentary video installation Grant Ferry. His works have screened across North America and Europe, primarily in the communities from which they were made. He holds an MFA in Media Arts Practices from the University at Buffalo and has worked for over 15 years as a cinematographer and videographer. He is a founding board member of the Colorado-based filmmaking non-profit Process Reversal and runs Deranged Penguin Productions (with Christian Hammons). Currently, he teaches critical media practices at the University of Colorado Boulder.