Chris LaMont is a multi-award winning independent writer, director and producer of several short and feature films. He is also the Founder and President of the Phoenix Film Festival and teaches at the School of Theatre and Film at ASU.
Chris graduated Magna Cum Laude from Arizona State University, and while attending there won an Emmy Award for the student comedy series, TV or Not TV.
Then he co-wrote and directed his first feature, The Best Movie Ever Made featuring TV’s Batman, Adam West, then the horror-thriller Writer’s Block, earning critical and fan praise, including a 3 1/2 star rating in the Blockbuster Video Guide.
Next he co-wrote and directed Film Club, a short parody of David Fincher’s Fight Club and put on the George Lucas in Love DVD, one of the biggest short film compilation releases in history. Film Club was featured on CNN Headline News and MSN.com.
Since then he has worked on features - directing 14 Days in America for ASU, producing Netherbeast Incorporated, starring Darrell Hammond, Jason Mewes, and Dave Foley. He directed and co-wrote the feature My Apocalypse, and produced The Graves, released nationally in theatres and ran on the SyFy Channel.
In 2000, he started and serves as President of the Phoenix Film Festival. As President of the Phoenix Film Foundation, he developed the Phoenix Film Society in 2003 and the Phoenix Film Project, an independent filmmaker community group, now known as IFP-Phoenix as a local chapter of the national filmmaker organization IFP (Independent Film Project) also in 2003.
He also co-founded the International Horror & Sci-Fi Film Festival in 2005 and the Arizona Student Film Festival in 2006 and is the Vice President of the Arizona Film & Media Coalition, a lobbying group for the film and media industry.
Chris has been teaching film production at Arizona State University since 2004, taught at the University of Advancing Technology (UAT) from 2008 - 2012 and began teaching in 2012 at Grand Canyon University’s fledgling Film Program.
He also has worked since 1999 for the multiple award-winning recharge center at Arizona State University’s Technology Based Learning & Research as a Video Producer for the Mary Lou Fulton Teacher’s College producing high-quality educational projects.
2010 - present
2010 - present