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A graduate of the Florida State University Film School, Christopher Alender left his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia, to begin a career in Hollywood. His first foothold was in the movie trailer industry, where he developed a keen sense of how to tell a story in the fastest, most visually impactful way possible. Christopher then went on to found Soapbox Films.

From its humble beginnings in a spare bedroom, Soapbox Films has grown into a full-service production company specializing in original content, branded entertainment, and marketing, with facilities including a 10,000 square foot soundstage, offline edit bays, surround-sound mixing, storyboard and visual-effects artists, and an HD color correction and finishing suite. These facilities, combined with an emphasis on quality, innovation, and the creative development of team members have made Soapbox Films a one-stop shop for everything from music videos to commercials to feature films.

Alender spent his formative years dreaming of becoming an animator, and thus his work often blends the worlds of live-action with special effects and animation. Creating the impossible through movie magic is his principal joy, and this passion has led him to many award-winning projects for clients like Walt Disney Studios, The Muppets, Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm, NBA, ESPN, FOX, and MTV. This experience has afforded him the unique opportunity to direct the biggest actors in Hollywood like Johnny Depp, Dwayne Johnson, Amy Adams, Anne Hathaway, and many more.

In 2013, Christopher shifted his day-to-day focus from managing operations as President of Soapbox Films to the broader roles of CEO & CCO. This allows him to pursue feature filmmaking full-time as a producer and director with the unique resources of a top-notch production facility and staff at his fingertips. In the past few years he’s produced the directorial debuts for filmmakers Emma Tammi (The Wind), Roxanne Benjamin (Body at Brighton Rock), and Jonathan Stokes (Wildcat), as well as executive producing the award winning 1982 by Oualid Mouaness and The Mortuary Collection by Ryan Spindell.

As a director, his short film Eye of the Storm became an award-winning viral sensation and was featured in American Cinematographer for its cutting-edge, not-of-this-world visual aesthetic. He followed this up in 2021 with his feature directorial debut The Old Ways, which is currently in the festival circuit and will be released worldwide at the end of the summer.

Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it

-Ferris Bueller's Day Off

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