Christopher Maloney

Telling Local Stories Through Film: An Introduction to the Documentary

Christopher Maloney, video workshops for Massachusetts Schools

Christopher Alan Maloney is an independent filmmaker whose work has been featured on PBS and the Discovery Channel.

From news segments to single-camera sitcoms, history series to nature shows, hard-hitting exposés to reality TV, the documentary is one of the most important parts of today’s media landscape. In this hands-on residency program, teaching artist Christopher Maloney demystifies the documentary, breaking it down into its basic components. Working collaboratively in a production team, students will create their own short feature, choosing their own subject, conducting interviews, shooting footage, and working together to edit their work into a view-able finished product.

Target Grades: 5-12
Residency Length: 8 workshops
Workshop Length: 45 minutes
Participant Limit: 25-30

Christopher Maloney Workshop Requirements

Telling Local Stories Through Film Educational Materials 

Travel Fee: based upon mileage (calculate below)

Christopher Alan Maloney is an independent filmmaker whose work has been featured on PBS and the Discovery Channel, as well as film festivals nationwide.  His credits include:

  • The Bonsai Effect (2016), a short documentary about Bonsai tree purveyors in New England.
  • *Official Selection, 2016 Boston Film Gala.
  • Dogwood (2014), a short film about the unlikely friendship between an elderly school bus driver and a foster child on his route in rural Tennessee. (Official selection, Athens International Film and Video Festival, Y’allywood Film Festival, Southern Screen Film Festival, The Online Film Festival, 2015 Boston Indie Mafia Hobnob and Social)
  • Cryptotrip (2012), a feature length documentary about unexplained creature sightings in the United States (broadcast by the Discovery Channel as Monster Witness).
  • Cole (2012), a documentary film about the effects and loss of chemical addiction within families (broadcast by PBS in 2014).He is currently developing a feature film project.


“I learnt how to make a documentary and especially with the  specific details and steps that are included in making one!” – 7th grade student, Somerville MA

“Christopher used a current, relevant topic that kept the participants engaged. He gave each person a role that fit their interests and personalities. Overall, Youth Art Arisers really enjoyed creating this documentary.” – Education Coordinator, The Center for Arts at the Armory, Somerville, MA

Multiple mileage determined below by $0.54/mile. Double the mileage to account for initial and return trips.