Chris Sullivan

Chris was born and raised in the wooded hills of Pittsburgh Pa. along with 10 siblings. A product of his British mother Beryl, and Irish American father Lawrence - they met in England during WW2. Chris now lives in Chicago, where he makes his work, and teaches at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, and is father to Carmen and Silvia Abelson.

Chris has been creating experimental film and theater for 30 years.  The films presented by Fandor cover the first 15 years of his animation career starting with Ain't Misbehain' (1981), The Beholder (1983), Master of Ceremonies (1987), and Landscape With The Fall of Icarus (1992). These films have been screened at festivals, theaters and museums world wide, including Zagreb World Festival of Animation, Humboldt Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Ottawa Animation Festival, Guggenheim Museum, Boston Museum, Museum of Modern Art New York, Ottawa Animation festival, and Georama in Japan.

This Body of work led to receiving The John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship and then equal funding came in the next year from Artist The Rockefeller Foundation Film. This support allowed me to embark on  a feature project, Consuming Spirits which was released in 2012 and has screened at Tribeca Film Festival , Osian's Cinefest in India, in Haifa film festival, Chicago international, Milano, Vancouver International, Pacific Film Archives Denver Starz, Annecy, Zagreb, Animator, Fantoche, and many more. Consuming Spirits had it’s theatrical debut at New York’s Film Forum for a two week run. In December of 2012. Cienfamily in Los Angeles, and The Gene Siskel theater in Chicago.

Just as Consuming Spirits neared completion, Chris received a Creative Capital Grant to start work on another experimental feature The Orbit of Minor Satellites.   Chris also does theatrical performance work, while toiling on these films.

[bio courtesy of the filmmaker] 


Recent Reviews

Landscape with the Fall of Icarus

Incredible amount of effort went into this fine animation.

Ain't Misbehavin'

There's a thin line between sanity and madness. We're often cognitively hijacked by the overstimulating world before fully realizing it. Those images leak through mundane activities, haunting our subconsciousness. This...

Landscape with the Fall of Icarus

Very clever cartoon.

Ain't Misbehavin'

I typically don't read the descriptors of films until after I've watched them. As I watched this short I was intrigued by the images, but unsure of what they meant....