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Chris Boebel

RED BETSY is Chris Boebel's first feature film. Chris was raised in the Midwest, and moved to New York to attend NYU's graduate film program, where he received a Paramount Pictures Production Award for his student work. His short film, LIKE/DISLIKE, screened at more than twenty film festivals, including the Sundance Film Festival, and also aired on public television, the BBC, and many other networks around the world.

After graduating from NYU with an MFA, Chris worked on numerous documentary, television, and commercial projects as a producer and director. He was the co-creator/writer/executive producer of TED THE HEAD, a series of shorts for Nickelodeon, which was nominated for a Cable ACE Award. He is also the co-producer/director of a documentary feature, CONTAINMENT: LIFE AFTER THREE MILE ISLAND, which was supported by grants from the Puffin and Hefner Foundations.

RED BETSY began as an unpublished short story written by Chris's father, Charles Boebel. Charles grew up on his family's farm in Boscobel, a small town southern Wisconsin, and RED BETSY is based on his memories of the tremendous changes that this isolated, rural area underwent during the World War Two era. After reading the story in 1998, Chris became determined to adapt it for the screen. Initial work on the project was supported by two ITVS American Stories Development Grants.

Chris lives in New York and Boston with his wife, Christine, a professor at MIT. He is currently directing another documentary, EXIT ZERO, and is developing a new feature film project.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.

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