Good stories well told...

"People don’t want the meaning of life explained to them.
They want the experience of being alive."

– Joseph Campbell

The storyteller and his techniques should be transparent as we're immersed in experiences, and find ourselves in surprises of enjoyment, understanding and enthusiasm. Later, we might talk about moments of involvement and thrall, and how we were "moved." We might have understanding, and feel inspired, committed and motivated.

National award-winning filmmaker Cris Anderson's independent television work has aired to national audiences. The PBS documentary Visible Target, on the WWII Japanese-American evacuation and internment, (writer/producer/director) with John de Graaf, was called "wondrously well done" by the New York Times. It won national awards, and was shown in Congress prior to enactment of legislation. The novel and feature film, Snow Falling On Cedars, are based on some of the same historical events and characters that are included in Visible Target.

The Charlie Borden/Kevin Obsatz documentary Journeyman (story consultant) is about nurturing young men and guiding them to mature adulthood. It aired nationally and won national awards.

Deb Wallwork's documentary, Building a Dream: The Moorhead Stave Church, about the Norwegian stave church replica (script writer), aired regionally on Prairie Public Broadcasting and Twin Cities Public Television.

Cris is President and Chief Creative Officer of Cris Anderson Productions, Inc. He serves major corporations and non-profit organizations in finance, technology, manufacturing, healthcare, social services and the arts.

Marketing • Public Relations • Public Affairs

Links to recent work:

Mayo Clinic

Rochester Epidemiology Project (YouTube)

Public Relations




Dancing Heart™ – Power to Nurture and Heal (Vimeo)

Fund Raising/Public Relations



ADS Studio 120, Scriptwriter:

City of Apple Valley, Minnesota

Plant, Grow, Prosper (YouTube)

[Telly Award]

Public Relations

Interfaith Outreach and Community Partners     

Opportunities to Thrive (YouTube)

Fund Raising/Public Relations


Micro Grants Work (YouTube)

 [Telly Award]                                          

Fund Raising/Public Relations

Physi-Cal Enterprises

MIO Active and Active Connect (YouTube)

Instructional Video

MirrorMan Films PBS documentrary, Journeyman

A film by Kevin Obsatz and Charlie Borden              

Watch trailer (YouTube)

Story Consultant