Chris Williamson was one of the first high school students in the United States to edit video on a personal computer in 1996 at Highline High School just outside of Seattle, WA, when it took over a day to render a few minutes of low-resolution video on Windows 95. That year he also created his first home page, teaching himself HTML.
It was difficult to find productions to work on in the days of Web 1.0 but he kept his dream alive and in 2006 he began film school at Avila University. After a year there he took two years off and shot his first feature-length documentary film “Racing Heart.” He started school again and while attending the University of Missouri - Kansas City he shot his second feature-length documentary “Mics on Fire.” He freelanced on various film and video productions to put himself through school, working on local productions and shows for HBO, MTV, CMT, FOX, and others.
He graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2011. He applied to grad schools and landed a full-ride scholarship and fellowship at the University of Central Florida. At UCF he taught courses and completed production his first feature-length narrative film “Treasure” as his thesis film. He graduated with his Master of Fine Arts degree in 2015. Also that year, he became the festival manager of Global Peace Film Festival.
In 2016 he joined the board of the Global Peace Film Festival and began teaching for The Los Angeles Film School’s Online Filmmaking program. He also started a film production non-profit company called Orlando Filmmaker’s Coalition, Inc. and started a company for the production and sale of his films called Sunfire Films, LLC.