THE GROUND WE WON is Chris Pryor’s second feature documentary as director, cinematographer and editor. THE GROUND WE WON has screened to considerable critical acclaim at a growing list of international ﬁlm festivals. The ﬁlm also had a successful nationwide cinema release in New Zealand, garnering multiple ﬁve-star reviews and being hailed “an instant national classic” and “one of the most powerfully cinematic New Zealand movies ever”.
The critically acclaimed theatrical documentary HOW FAR IS HEAVEN was Chris’s debut as a director. He was also the cinematographer & editor, for which he was awarded a New Zealand Film Award for Best Documentary Cinematography, as well as being nominated for Best Documentary Film, Director & Editor. The ﬁlm had a successful nationwide cinema release in New Zealand, as well as international ﬁlm festival screenings at NZIFF, Margaret Mead Film Festival and GZDOC, and was nominated for Best Documentary at the Asia Paciﬁc Film Awards.
Before directing his own ﬁlms, Chris contributed as cinematographer and co-editor to Florian Habicht’s features WOODENHEAD, KAIKOHE DEMOLITION & RUBBINGS FROM A LIVE MAN. Chris was also the DOP for Zia Mandviwalla’s short ﬁlms CLEAN LINEN & AMARDI and a cinematographer for Alyx Duncan’s ﬁlms THE RED HOUSE & THE TIDE KEEPER.
Chris originally trained as a stills photographer, and continues to pursue his love of photography through an ever growing range of personal projects.
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