Chris Frieri

Filmmaker and downtown denizen, Chris Frieri started life on 12/3/60 in nearby Newark, N.J. and graduated from Union High School in 1979. He spent the late seventies and early eighties in the NYC/NJ punk and hardcore scenes. He was one of the founders of homegrown record label, Buy Our Records that spawned Adrenalin O.D., Bedlam, Pussy Galore, PMS, and Raging Slab. At the advent of the VHS tape, as his beloved world of Drive In's and Grind houses was beginning to fade away, Chris purchased his first Super 8 camera in a Times Square electronics shop. What followed is a unique and varied body of work, strange and often perverse but always personal in nature and 100% celluloid. Including, The Orbitrons (1990), I was a Teenage Mummy (1992), Golliwog’s Cakewalk (2002), an untitled 9/11 short (2002), and the rollicking travelogue Effluvium (2006). Sweet Lorraine, his first feature, staring Academy Award winning actress, Tatum O'Neal was shot in New York City in 17 days on a budget of $500,000.00 and premiered in 2015. He shot his first film, Cemetery Meat Crimes (1983) in Union, N.J. at Connecticut Farms Cemetery for under $50.00.

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