Los Angeles, CA
Chris Wilcha won two Emmy awards and two International Documentary Association Awards for directing and co-executive producing a TV version of Ira Glass’ acclaimed radio show This American Life for Showtime. He has also directed promos, pilots and short films for MTV, PBS, Sundance Channel and TV Land, including “The Social History of the Mosh Pit,” “So Five Minutes Ago” and “Second Hand Stories.” Wilcha also directed and shot a first person video diary called The Target Shoots First, about his tenure in the marketing department at the mail order CD and tape club Columbia House in the early 1990’s. The Target Shoots First won numerous festival awards, screened internationally, and was broadcast on Cinemax and The Sundance Channel.
Roads Belong in the Landscape
Roads Belong in the Landscape is a first-person essay film about natural and industrial history, personal memory and public policy, adolescent perception and adult realization, and the looming obsolescence of both walking and 16mm filmmaking. A native of New Jersey, Christopher Wilcha returns to his home state to follow his memories of the local landscape and his new understanding of the area, much of which is designated as a toxic waste site. In Wilcha’s film, observations and images accumulate over time via subtitles, maps, still photographs and other alternative narrative techniques. Extant sound melds with descriptive texts as a way to connect personal history and corporate policy.