Christof's Open Road

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CHRISTOF PUTZEL

Documentarian

“All of us say we want to do something fulfilling…for me, it was, 'get me as far away from where I am right now.”

INTERESTS:

Film Travel

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Culture Experience Fulfillment

FOUNDATION:

Being Creative

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Says he always "thought in pictures."
  • Got permission to write his college thesis as a documentary rather than a paper.
  • Granted $3,000 to go to Africa and shoot this thesis; wanted to get as far away from his comfort zone as possible.
  • Filmed stories of AIDS orphans, knew that what he was capturing was going to move people; came home with tons of footage.
  • Says he'd figured out that was what he wanted to do, but he still had no idea how to edit, how to make his footage into a film.
  • Since he was so passionate and deliberate about it, ended up having to stay at school for a few extra semesters to finish his work.
  • Eventually finished the film; won the Student Emmy, was entered into 60 film festivals.
  • Realized that he was good enough that he could actually make a living off of this passion.

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