Chris Kalis

Associate Professor // Graphics / Animation, Post Production
School of Cinematic Arts
Chris Kalis

Bio and Research Information

Chris Kalis is a filmmaker, graphic designer, and musician whose creative work includes motion design, narrative animation, sound design, and music. He is a co-founder of the award-winning and internationally recognized creative studio Plural and the Chicago-based electronic music collective Chandeliers. His music has received praise from The WIRE, Pitchfork, The Quietus, and Chicago Tribune. Chris has collaborated with Nolan J. Downs on two animated films that have screened at festivals internationally including the Ann Arbor Film Festival, Columbus International Film & Animation Festival, and Pictoplasma Conference and Festival Berlin. His works has been exhibited at the Hyde Park Art Center, Co-Prosperity Sphere, Public Works Gallery, and the Chicago Design Archive. He is currently directing a short animated film and working as assistant producer and graphic designer for the upcoming documentary "God Said Give 'Em Drum Machines: The Story of Detroit Techno".

Research Area

Graphics / Animation, Post Production

Specific Research Area

Motion Graphics, Film Titles, Sound Design, Electronic Music Production

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Schedule for Fall 2021-2022

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