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Christopher Hansen, M.F.A. - Baylor University . Waco, TX, US

Christopher Hansen, M.F.A.

Chairman and Professor for Film & Digital Media | Baylor University


Digital media expert and filmmaker, working on new feature and short projects




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Chris Hansen is an award-winning writer and director. His feature films have screened at festivals throughout the United States and Canada, have been released theatrically in Los Angeles and New York, and have been reviewed in the LA Times, The Village Voice and the LA Weekly, among many others. His films include The Proper Care & Feeding of an American Messiah, Clean Freak, Endings, Where We Started, and Blur Circle.

Chris resides in Robinson, Texas with his wife and their four daughters. You can read more about his work in film and screenwriting at his website, (http://www.hansenfilms.com).

Areas of Expertise (12)

Mass Communication



Film & Video Directing

Field Production


Film Industry (Business and Dealmaking)

Film History

Gender Bias in Hollywood

Film Industry


Independent Films

Education (3)

Regent University: M.F.A., Script & Screenwriting,

Regent University: M.A., Communication

Lee College: B.A., English

Affiliations (3)

  • Independent Writers Caucus (WGAw) : Member
  • Film Independent : Member
  • Austin Film Society : Member

Media Appearances (3)

Hansen Named Alum of the Year for Lee’s Language and Literature Department

The Chattanoogen  online


Chris Hansen, professor and chair of the film and digital media at Baylor, was named the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year for the Department of Language and Literature at Lee University.

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Local filmmaker among Deep in the Heart Film Festival screenings

ABC 25 Central Texas  online


Chris Hansen, chair and professor of film and digital media, is featured in this article after his film “Seven Short Films About Our Marriage” was screened virtually at the Deep in the Heart Film Festival. Hansen has won several awards for filmmaking and the trailer to his recent film can be found here.

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Plano-based Cinemark responds after Warner Bros. decides to stream new films in 2021

WFAA-TV (Dallas)  online


Chris Hansen, professor and chair of film and digital media, comments about the pandemic and its effect on the future of movie theaters after Warner Bros. announced that it would debut its entire 2021 theatrical release slate on HBO Max, its streaming service.

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Articles (1)

The Mind Behind the Mockumentary: A Filmmaker’s Approach to the Mockumentary Form

Too Bold for the Box Office: A Study in Mockumentaries (Scarecrow Press)

2010 Although considered a relatively new genre, the mockumentary has existed nearly as long as filmmaking itself and has become one of the most common forms of film and television comedy today. In order to better understand the larger cultural truths artfully woven into their deception, these works demonstrate just how tenuous and problematic our collective understandings of our social worlds can be. In Too Bold for the Box Office: The Mockumentary from Big Screen to Small, Cynthia J. Miller has assembled essays by scholars and filmmakers who examine this unique cinematic form. Individually, each of these essays looks at a given instance of mockumentary parody and subversion, examining the ways in which each calls into question our assumptions, pleasures, beliefs, and even our senses. Writing about national film, television, and new media traditions as diverse as their backgrounds, this volume’s contributors explore and theorize the workings of mockumentaries, as well as the strategies and motivations of the writers and filmmakers who brought them into being. Reflections by filmmakers Kevin Brownlow (It Happened Here), Christopher Hansen (The Proper Care and Feeding of An American Messiah), and Spencer Schaffner (The Urban Literacy Manifesto) add valued perspective and significantly deepen the discussions found in the volume’s other contributions. This collection of essays on films, television programming, and new media illustrates common threads running across cultures and eras and attempts to answer sweeping existential questions about the nature of social life and the human condition.

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