Chris Gilbert’s lifetime of experience with diverse people and places has equipped him well in his major life interest – telling stories that dignify the human spirit. After a life changing trip across Siberia in the winter of 1975, he took up trucking, farm laboring and slaughterhouse work in the outback of Australia, University studies, youth work among detention center parolees in urban Australia, freelance journalism for the Sunshine Coast Daily, Courier Mail, and Newmatilda.com, a Seminary degree in Philadelphia, pastoral care of church communities in Manhattan and Massachusetts, and at the same time over the past 15 years, digital film projects in India, Denmark, Lithuania, Boston, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Washington DC and New York City.
Chris’s first feature documentary, Beyond Empires filmed in India, Denmark, and the US, was released to Australian and US television, DVD and VOD during 2014. Now, he is researching his next feature documentary set in Australia, another as yet untold story of people achieving the unlikeliest outcome of preserving a pristine wilderness region as a place for both human flourishing and environmental integrity, against the triumvirate of corporate developers, state and local government, and real estate entrepreneurs. The region is now one of Australia’s UNESCO Biospheres. Chris relocated from Massachusetts to Noosa Heads, in Queensland, Australia, in March 2015, with his wife, Jo. He hones his craft in the meantime with writing projects, and commercial story telling in digital film for clients in the U.S. and Australia. And, he now enjoys the endless summer of his native south east Queensland, its beaches, rivers, lakes and mountains, kayaking, dog walking and looking out for the next great story.