" Chris Scheerder is currently working on a documentary film focused on youth studying the history and effects of genocide, seeking to understand why they chose to study the issue and how it is influencing their lives and ultimately the world at large. "
" Chris Scheerder is the founder of Trueflix, LLC. Chris was born and raised in the heart of Dublin, Ireland. Chris later lived and worked in Paris, and there developed her love of cinema. In the early eighties she immigrated to Massachusetts where she lived for 10 years. In 1991 she moved to California with her family. "
" After taking a series of courses and internships in the media field, in 2003 Chris started working with the United Nations Associated Film Festival (UNAFF), out of Stanford University of which she is now an Associate Director. One of her roles includes working as a film jury chair reviewing submitted documentaries of which in 2012 included over 670 submissions. "
" UNAFF is one of the oldest documentary film festivals in the United States. Chris has participated internationally as a member of the UNAFF traveling film festival in locations such as such as Paris, Belgrade and Abu Dhabi. "
" Chris has also taken on projects as a filmmaker herself, having directed and filmed a documentary on the life and work of Dutch sculptor Jaap Bongers. Chris now lives between San Francisco and Paris, which helps to keep her vision global. "
Q & A
" Ten years ago when we talked about your trip to visit the Pygmies in Central Africa, you described that visit as the most significant experience of your life. How important is that experience to you today? "
" It remains the pivotal experience of my life. Before that trip, I was footloose and a carefree worker living a Bohemian lifestyle. After the terrifying weeks in a canoe-like boat, on the most remote parts of the Lomami River, when I was losing my sight in both eyes due to a viral infection, my expectations about life changed. "
Jaap Bongers Continued
" No longer could I take anything for granted or waste time. It changed my beliefs about the certainty of a future. I realized how fragile and how precious life is. I likened my experience to an initiation rite. I became aware of the vagaries of one’s life "
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