Cristoforo is a filmmaker, researcher, and designer who aspires to galvanize social change by making films that integrate participatory methods from civic technology and multimodal art practice.
Drawn to film for its ability to enduringly record and transmit ephemeral events, Cris seeks to make stories accessible to people of various ages and backgrounds. For these reasons, he is also compelled by combining filmic approaches with any medium that can extend a story’s comprehension and reach. For him, story comes first—medium comes second.
Cris believes that stories can demonstrate ideals as attainable when they make successful precedents visible. In addition to documenting what is, stories can ask us to ponder plausible what ifs. Stories may have the greatest impact when they’re not only told for audiences with influence, but also created with collaborators whose first-hand perspective lends grounding and whose participation gives them agency.
Graduating with a BA in literature from Harvard College, Cris has worked variously for non-profits, federal government, startups, and in academic research. His adventures have examined micro-finance in Ghana, engendered actionable steps to resilient healthy living through online content at Greatist, unveiled candid Presidential interactions behind-the-scenes at the White House, looked from Techstars’ perspective at the growth and development of young startups in an incubator program, and investigated the challenges of attention and curation with abundant media in the modern day.
The past few years, Cris worked his way up to a position as a principal researcher with metaLAB (at) Harvard, a research and teaching unit that strives to surface hidden stories and bring them to light through experimental media-making in physical exhibition and digital interface.
But seeking to deepen his film practice and extend his computer science abilities, Cris enrolled in fall 2016 as a fellow and MFA candidate in film production at the University of Texas at Austin.
In his free time Cris can be found avidly gesticulating while speaking and acting, rapping in Italian, and most recently, playing the accordion.
The logo seen throughout Cris’ work is influenced by a combination of Leonardo’s mirror writing and the signature of engraver Albrecht Durer, who inset his last initial within his first. It represents an abstract eye with the “M” as the pupil. Initially used to sign his paintings, Cristoforo now uses the symbol to mark all of his work.