My name is Chris James Thompson – I’m an award winning director & filmmaker from England living in Milwaukee. I spend my energy creating documentary films for myself & outside clients, artistically and commercially. I believe good storytelling can open doors to new perspectives.
Good/Credit Productions is a full-service production company specializing in documentary films of all lengths, internet advertising videos, interviews, & Instagram videos. The work samples on this site were directed, edited or produced in various capacities by Good/Credit Productions. We love working on outside projects – commercial & creative – big & small – so please be in touch if you have work to be done !
Chris James Thompson at the Sundance premiere of ‘The 414s: The Original Teenage Hackers’ (photo credit: Mat Hayward/AP/Sundance Film Festival)
Some past experiences dear to me:
In 2007 I went to the Sundance Film Festival with a movie called ‘The Pool’, along with two Indians from the film that had never been to the US. After getting them coats & mittens at a department store in Salt Lake City, Utah, we headed into Park City. I quickly realized it was going to be an entertaining week for an unexpected reason: getting to witness my Indian friends as they absorbed a strange new place filled with strange new people: film tourists in Utah. American people walking on red carpets outside, American people wearing enormous fur hats, American people drinking champagne in jacuzzis in January… Sundance through Indian eyes was fantastic.
I was at the 2009 Toronto Film Festival with a movie called ‘Collapse’. We were standing in the back of a theater waiting for our premiere as the previous film was ending – Harmony Korine’s ‘Trash Humpers’. Trash Humpers is a wonderfully bizarre avante-garde film, and as the following q&a began it seemed the audience didn’t know what to ask. After a few awkward moments of silence, a man in a fedora stood to ask, ‘what does your film mean?’ to which Harmony snapped back, ‘how about you tell us what your stupid fucking hat means?’
At the 2012 premiere of my own first feature film ‘The Jeffrey Dahmer Files’ (which was originally titled ‘Jeff’) at the SXSW Film Festival, I was thrilled to see a large line forming in front of the theater. There was a festival volunteer attending the front of the line, keeping the hundreds of people in queue. When the time came, she announced, ‘everyone here for the Jeff Dunham documentary get ready to enter!’ My heart sunk, but I had to laugh when I overheard the third person in line say to his friend, ‘oh shit – I thought this film was about DJ Jazzy Jeff!’ A few months later IFC acquired the distribution rights and suggested we rename the film; I agreed.
Making a film with friends & sharing it with strangers is the most fulfilling adventure, because it teaches you more about the world than anything else I’ve found.