Chris Bashinelli

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Chris Bashinelli

Chris Bashinelli was born an raised in Brooklyn, New York. After a half-decade acting career including a role on The Sopranos (HBO), Chris moved to Tanzania. He now traverses the globe from Tanzania to Thailand as Host and Producer of Bridge the Gap (PBS), where he discovers what it’s like to walk in someone else’s shoes for one day. He is a United Nations Emcee, an International Speaker, a Writer for Lonely Planet, and is the recipient of a National Geographic Young Explorers grant.

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Filmmaker
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The Vision Maker Media producer workshop opened by eyes in more ways than one. We’ve been working on Bridge the Gap to Pine Ridge for almost two years now. The film started as a web series, then it blossomed into a 1 hour program for potential distribution on PBS Plus. Now we have been given a green light for distribution on the National Programming Schedule.

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We screened Bridge the Gap to Pine Ridge on five different occasions at a total of four different venues both on and off the Pine Ridge Reservation in May 2012. The goal of this project was to have a dialogue with students and teachers about our film. Did we hit the mark? Did we miss it? Did we film in a culturally competent manner? During the screenings we were able to have fruitful conversations with students about how we could improve on our storytelling techniques in the future.