Chris Eyre

Chris Eyre

MFA, New York University
BA, University of Arizona

Chris Eyre is a nationally-recognized film and television director and producer, who has received many awards, including both a Peabody and an Emmy. Eyre directed the highly acclaimed Smoke Signals, which won a coveted Sundance Audience Award and the Sundance Filmmakers Trophy.

After graduating from New York University’s film school, Eyre worked as a fellow in the Sundance Institute’s Directors Lab under the mentorship of Robert Redford. His 2004 film Edge of America was selected to show on Opening Night at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, and it garnered Eyre the highly prestigious award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement from the Directors Guild of America. His latest film, Hide Away, starring Josh Lucas and James Cromwell, was released in Summer 2012 after gaining award recognition at South by Southwest.

Eyre’s work for television includes three episodes of the PBS miniseries We Shall Remain (2009) “After the Mayflower,” “Tecumseh’s Vision” and “Trail of Tears.” He also directed episodes of the critically acclaimed NBC show Friday Night Lights (2009 and 2011).


Rockefeller Foundation Intercultural Film Fellowship

NHK/Sundance Cinema 100 Award

Martin Scorsese Post-Production Award

Humanitas Prize

Warner Brothers Post-Production Award

Bush Fellowship

Warner United States Artists Fellowship

Independent Spirit Award

Multiple First Americans in the Arts awards

Multiple Best Film awards at the American Indian Film Festival

Peabody Award

Directors Guild of America Award

Teaching Philosophy

“What is your best work as a filmmaker?” Over the years someone always asks me. “Smoke Signals?” “Friday Night Lights?” Finally, it occurred to me that my best work might not be a film anyone saw. It might be a film I never completed. But it had a few scenes of personal meaning where I felt greatness. It’s those moments of directing where everything is happening like you saw it; when your imagination meets reality and reflects your vision and you capture it on film. It’s that harmony of filmmaking that drives me to try it again and again, and to show others the creative levity I’ve felt.

Courses Taught: Introduction to Directing

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