Chris Perkel directed and edited CLIVE DAVIS: THE SOUNDTRACK OF OUR LIVES, selected to open the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival and winner of that year's Critics' Choice Award for Best Music Documentary, before selling to both Apple Music and Netflix.

He followed with FOREMAN for EPIX and Universal International, the definitive biography of the legendary boxer and pitchman, and PHENOMS, a five-part primetime docuseries for Fox, chronicling the best young soccer players around the world, also premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival. 

2020 saw the release of the YouTube Original COACHELLA 20 YEARS IN DESERT, which unlocked the vault to the world's most influential music festival for the very first time. Featuring performances and interviews with everyone from Bad Bunny to Beyoncé to Bauhaus, it received universal acclaim, including a 5-star review in NME.

Other works include an award-winning short film and music video for Brit Award-winner Laura Marling; THE TOWN THAT WAS, the portrait of dying coal town atop a 50 year-old mine fire; and COUNTING THE WORLD, a globe-trotting film commissioned by the United Nations exploring the census in some of the most challenging regions on earth, including The West Bank, Eastern Europe, and central Africa.

As an editor, Chris cut projects for Academy Award-winners Cameron Crowe (PEARL JAM 20, THE FIXER) and Morgan Neville (THE COOL SCHOOL, the Grammy-nominated JOHNNY CASH'S AMERICA), as well THE REAL ROCKY, part of ESPN's 30 FOR 30 series, among numerous others.

Born and raised in the Bronx, Chris received his BA from Columbia University and his MFA from the University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television. He currently lives in Los Angeles and roots for Yankees from afar. He is a member of the Director's Guild of America.

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